Can you believe this is the 4th year of 31 Days of Halloween? This year I am taking the reins with some help from Susan Harris. Things might look a little different but I guarantee one thing - Lots of "different" Halloween options!
Day 9 - Byzantium (2012)
Susan Says -
Neil Jordan has directed some of the most unique and original films in history, like Intermission, The Butcher Boy, a fave of mine, Michael Collins, Breakfast on Pluto, and of course Interview with the Vampire. To be honest I had never heard of Byzantium until we were coming up with the list and was surprised at the caliber of the cast in the movie.
I do love a good flashback, so I appreciated the look back at Clara's past. I enjoyed the cinematic aspects of it, the glimpses of beauty in a world driven by blood, in the willingness to die and become a vampire rather than die a mortal death.
If you like unusual takes on the vampire genre, then you really need to give Byzantium a go!
Melanie Says -
I do love an unusual vampire story, and that is exactly what this is. Unique, tragic, and very unlike most of the stories out there. Although there are some larger names attached to the project (For example Neil Jordan who also directed Interview with the Vampire), I think for the most part this movie sits lost in the shadows. Split between moments of quiet beauty and despair, and then the required death that always comes with vampire movies, paired with a mix between historic flashbacks and current day events, I feel that this movie didn't ever really find the right market. That doesn't stop it from being one that I adore though, or from being one I highly recommend.
Streaming Availability - Available To Watch Free With TUBI at the time of posting. WATCH HERE
Have you seen it? What did you think? Will you be watching it?
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