Swide were thinking that zombies were overtaking vampires, when it came to TV and film but it seems that our favourite blood suckers are back with Byzantium, the return of Dracula and more…
Vampires still suck in film and tv
Twilight saga is (fortunately) finished but if you’re out there looking for all new vampire movies to die for, well, in cinema, there is 3-vampire romance and thriller films that we advise you keep your eyes on. Then we’ll let you know what’s going to be a huge hit on the small screens this year, too. Here is the Swide’s list for best new vampire movies and tv series out in summer and autumn 2013.
Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmush – Release date December 5, 2013 (Russia)
First up is Jim Jarmush’s new feature film that stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as centuries old lovers, who fall back into each others’ arms as both of their lives seem to be going nowhere. It was just shown at Cannes Film Festival 2013 but, in order to reach that point, it took seven years of hard slogging it. Well, Jim can now have piece of mind that his moody, slow paced vampire romance is done and dusted, for want of an expression. It is set for release at the end of the year.
Byzantium – Neil Jordan – Release date June 28, 2013 (USA)
The man behind the award winning ‘The Crying Game’ (1992) and one of the top vampire movies of all time ‘Interview with a Vampire’ (1994) is turning back to the genre with his upcoming romance thriller. Following two women seeking refuge in a run-down coastal resort, Clara and Eleanor befriend Noel and Frank in an effort to find shelter. What they didn’t tell the two guys is that they were in fact born over 200 years ago and that their past troubles are following them, bringing deathly consequences with it. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Caleb Landry Jones and Daniel Mays, this thriller of mystical forces, age-old troubles and romance is sure to be a big hit this year, when it is released in June.
The Last Voyage of Demeter – Neil Marshall – Release date (In production)
The man behind the amazing female led horror film ‘The Descent’ (2005), Neil Marshall, is back with ‘The Last Voyage of Demeter’. Starring Viggo Mortensen this follows the ill-fated crew of the merchant ship Demeter which carried Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England, arriving at port with no survivors aboard. Strangely though, the script of this film was actually written just under 10 years ago, way before vampires were a huge hit again. Now that the Twilight Trilogy has come to an end, Marshall felt that it was time to get things moving again. There is no release date as of yet but we’ll keep you updated.
The Originals – Premiere date October 3, 2013
Over onto the small screen we have a spinoff from Vampire Diaries to get our heads around. The series will follow Klaus (Joseph Morgan) as he returns to New Orleans to try and reclaim rule of the city, which is currently in the hands of his protégé Marcel, played by Charles Michael Davis. All goes to hell when a couple witches rebel against the repression of Marcel… let the undead drama begin.
Dracula – Premiere date october 25, 2013
The big man takes centre stage once again in Cole Haddon’s NBC new dramatization of Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s life, this time in London and posing as an American entrepreneur that wants to bring modern science to Victorian England. In reality, he just wants to seek revenge on those who did him wrong centuries earlier. This all seems to be going to plan until, you got it right, he falls in love with a woman that appears to be his dead wife reincarnated. We can’t wait to see its stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Thomas Kretschmann in action when it hits our screens later this Autumn time. Dan Knauf, creator of the cult tv series Carnivàle, will be Dracula’s showrunner.
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