Before the hot-blooded vampire craze of late, in 1994 Neil Jordan adapted Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire, a psycho-Gothic probe of vampirical solitude and the inexorable burden of immortality. That early film is set in New Orleans, with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as two sultry bloodsuckers living an aristocratic life through the centuries while dealing with the boredom, it must have been extreme boredom, of their deathlessness.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arteton, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Riley. Directed by Neil Jordan.
Now in the new film Byzantium, Jordan adapts a play by Moira Buffini, and the two female vampires at the centre of the story live their eternity in the British working-class milieu, sometimes at a desolate apartment block, and they fight a domestic mother-and-daughter fight while dealing with the well-groomed assassins sent by the male members of their clan. In the hieracy of bloodsuckers, females occupy the lowest strata _ a monster more monstrous than all.
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