Vampire Fascism: Daybreakers (2009)

Posted: April 6, 2013 in Joe Giambrone
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I hadn’t bothered with this film due to some reviews going around, which seem a bit petty now.  This is actually a decent sci-fi vampire story.  The look of it is noir futuristic, like Gattaca and Brazil, even a touch of Ultraviolet, not to suggest anyone should bother watching Ultraviolet.  But it is stylish, and they squeezed a lot out of an indie production.

The ideas resonate, even if we have seen most of them before.  In Daybreakers nearly everyone is a vampire, well anyone who is someone. The humans are mostly in the factory farms of blood. The big problem is that the humans are nearly gone for good, and there’s just no substitute for the real thing yet.  Societal collapse is imminent, that’s vampire society collapse.

Ethan Hawke is a scientist/vampire working on creating an artificial blood, but tests are unsuccessful.  Worse, those who can’t get blood devolve into feral monsters, sprouting wings and gruesome deformities.  These subterranean bat like creatures infest the sewers.  Things are not well in Wellville.


And so I’ve told you enough.  When I noticed Willem Dafoe was involved that was enough for me.

Like more modern vampire stories there are subtleties and conflicts that aren’t strictly humans against vampires.  Lines are blurred, reminiscent of Blade, Underworld and other bloodsucker dramas.  The treatment is half science fiction and half horror.




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