Byzantium (2012)

Neil Jordan directs Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and Johnny Lee Miller in this era spanning vampire tale where a mother and daughter try to resettle in the seaside town that they fled centuries ago after becoming immortal.

There’s two ways to approach this strange, quite likeable film. A feminist recalibration of Interview With the Vampire, showcasing another fine performance from Ronan. Or an occasionally very gory excuse for Arterton to dress in a slaggy, cleavage enhancing outfits from pretty much every decade since Thackeray. Either way I’m in, sold on an unpredictable, full fat adult fairy tale. There’s stunning fantasy imagery of waterfalls of blood and all-male vampire cabals. Would make a fine unofficial trilogy with The Company of Wolves and Greta.


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