Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe star in the new vampire horror film, Daybreakers.
Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe star in the new vampire horror film, Daybreakers. Supplied

Vampires take over

HORROR and vampires may be commonplace nowadays, but Australian twins Peter and Michael Spierig have challenged the stereotype with Daybreakers.

With a blockbuster-worthy cast, the brothers secured Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe as well as Claudia Karvan, Vince Colosimo, Isabel Lucas, Sam Neill and the list goes on.

“Working with a more experienced crew can be really scary and initially was daunting,” Peter said.

“Our first film was with local actors. The enthusiasm was there but not a lot of experience which was the same with us. This time around we were more prepared.”

The film, written and directed by the twins, explores a vampire society at the brink of disaster as the last of human blood available continues to be exhausted.

“It definitely has parallels to oil, water and other natural resources but we didn’t want to be patronising. But the thought is there,” Peter said.

“It is not a vampire movie as we know it.

“It’s about the post-apocalyptic ruin and how the world now functions.

“We were critical in how to make it different so now there are vampires out there living life as normal and humans are the ones in hiding.”

The movie follows from their 2003 movie Undead, which was financed with a lot of hard work.

“We sold everything, you know, we even sold our car to get the money together for that movie,” Peter said.

Daybreakers secured plenty of foreign investment and the movie, filmed in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast also attracted funding from the Queensland Government.

“The government put funding into the film because American studios became interested. It’s great that they chose to support us,” he said.

“Screen QLD has some exciting fresh blood wanting to make good changes and there is a new enthusiasm there.”

The film may be perceived by some as an “American movie” but the Spierig brothers enforced the Australian influence.

“It is 90 percent Australian made and most of the cast is Australian,” Peter said.

“It is being marketed as a hybrid really.”

Peter and Michael said they were always interested in horror.

“I like the idea that limitations are not there,” Michael said.

“You don’t have to limit yourself. If you want to go extreme, you can with horror.”

Daybreakers opened around the country last Thursday.

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