Michael Spierig (2008)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Humans are the hunted minority in a near-future world populated by vampires in this intriguingly weird sci-fi/horror hybrid from the Spierig brothers. Principled vampire scientist Ethan Hawke creates a synthetic plasma substitute to ensure mankind's survival, although his boss (Sam Neill) is making a fortune out of harvesting blood at inflated prices. A pointed allegory on corporate greed, this clever revitalisation of the genre shows that the co-writer/directors have coolly and confidently delivered on the raw talent displayed in their debut zombie feature Undead. With beautiful Blade Runner-style cityscapes, smartly conceived takes on the vampire mythos (sun-proofed cars and video mirrors), inventively engineered shocks and copious blood loss, this is an engagingly skilful blend of John Carpenter, Bram Stoker and Philip K Dick. Hawke is terrific - Before Sunrise now takes on a whole new meaning - while Willem Dafoe ramps up the fun factor as a Van Helsing-type with a big secret.


In the near future, vampires have taken over the world, with the few remaining humans farmed as a food source. An undead scientist tries to develop synthetic blood, only to run into a revolutionary group claiming to have discovered a cure for vampirism. Thriller, starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill.

Cast & Crew

Edward Dalton Ethan Hawke
Lionel `Elvis' Cormac Willem Dafoe
Charles Bromley Sam Neill
Audrey Bennett Claudia Karvan
Frankie Dalton Michael Dorman
Christopher Caruso Vince Colosimo
Alison Bromley Isabel Lucas
Gen Williams Paul Sonkkila
Director Michael Spierig
Director Peter Spierig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Jan 2010