Movie blogs are salivating over the just-released first poster for Neil Jordan’s movie Byzantium, which the film’s production company released on Facebook today along with a plot synopsis on their website. The highly-anticipated film about a mother/daughter vampire duo stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller. Only trouble is, nobody seems to have caught that the title of Jordan’s 1994 Tom Cruise-starring vampire flick was Interview With The Vampire, not Interview With A Vampire. And, like, um, everyone in the world knows that? It was a pretty big book/movie franchise in the ’90s (and yes, the ’94 film had the same title in the UK). Anyway, here’s the description:
Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels.
Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.
Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die.
And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences.
It’s still a pretty good poster.