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The very cool thing about watching the natural progression arc of a major trend is how, toward the end of it, it actually starts becoming cool again, as the mainstream starts to tire of it, leaving it open to interpretation from auteurs and indie artists. Say what you will about the whole vampire craze (man, did Anne Rice ever miss the boat on that one), but it's interesting to watch this same process happening to it. This is the case with , as he throws his hat into the ring with the highly-anticipated vampire thriller drama Byzantium.

The vampire thriller boasts a talented cast, with and in the lead vampire roles, and , , and Danny Mays rounding out the supporting cast. We finally get a new domestic trailer, and it looks like it's going to live up to every expectation I had for it. But first, the synopsis:

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.


This isn't Jordan's first go-round with using vampires as his subject matter: He was the director for 1994's Interview with the Vampire. Definite overtones of that here. You can also see the same hand he uses in writing and directing The Borgias at work here in the lush period settings of what I can only imagine are flashbacks.

It looks like now we're at the point of seeing less of the sappy teenage love story a la Twilight and more of the complex, nuanced immortal romances. Coming up we've got likes of 's Only Lovers Left Alive; less sparkly, pouting, perfect vamps and more distorted, terrifying parasites with 's The Strain.

I'm really eager to see Byzantium, and if you agree, [[follow]] and we'll keep you updated on all the latest.


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