My fellow humans,
With today's release of the new vampire film Daybreakers, I think it's time to sit back for a moment and take stock in the state of the undead. I like vampires as much as the next gal. Ok, I like them a whole lot more than the next gal but that should just tell you how serious I am about what I'm going to say. Vampires need to be shoved in their collective coffins and buried deep underground for at least five years.
Granted, compared to some of the other vampire entertainment we saw last year, Daybreakers has a unique take. In their world, vampires outnumber humans and are beginning to run out of their one and only dietary supplement. It stars Ethan Hawk, Sam Neil and Willem Defoe and I find myself actually interested in checking it out. One thing it certainly is not is about teenage vampires. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
You all know by now I'm a Twilight fan but the blame for our own personal vampire epidemic lands squarely at Stephenie Meyer's doorstep. If it weren't for her grossly successful book series and subsequent film adaptations we wouldn't find ourselves wading through the graveyards we are today. I know people say Twilight neutered vampires but did you ever think there'd be something to watch on television called The Vampire Diaries?
This year will be no different. There are tons of vampire properties ready to be released. Let Me In, the American remake of Let the Right One In and Lost Boys: The Thirst (Yeah, they made a third one.) just to name a few. Hollywood bought just about everything with the word vampire in it hoping for another Twilight (I wouldn't be surprised if I wasn't far off with my picture.). Let me be the first to inform you, in case no one has bothered before now - IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. Call it cultural phenomena, call it insanity, what Twilight really was was lightning. And lightning never strikes twice.
So I beg of you, please, for the love of Bram Stoker, STOP! Give vampires a rest. I know the Twilight Saga still has two films left and there are TV shows currently airing but after that, stick a stake in it, they're done.
Jill "I still can't decide between Angel and Spike" Pantozzi