- Cast: Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Vince Colosimo, Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, Michael Dorman, Jay Laga'aia, Christopher Kirby, Emma Randall, Michelle Atkinson, Mungo McKay, Robyn Moore, Mark Finden, Selina Kadell, Renai Caruso, Joel Amos Byrnes, David Knijnenburg, Paul Sonkkila, Jack Bradford, Gavin Coleman, Peter Welman, Joel Spreadborough
- Director: Peter and Michael Spierig
- Writer: Peter and Michael Spierig
- Producers: Chris Brown, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst
- Co Producer: Todd Fellman
- Executive Producer: Peter Block
- Art Direction: Bill Booth
- Casting: Nikki Barrett
- Costume Design: George Liddle
- D.O.P.: Ben Nott
- Editor: Matt Villa
- Makeup: Kym Sainsbury
- Music: Christopher Gordon
- Production Design: George Liddle
- Set Decoration: Matthew Putland
The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction.
It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans.
But time and hope are running out – until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Brisbane, Australia; Surfer's Paradise, Australia
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity
- Production Budget: $21 million
- Production Companies: Australian Film Finance Corporation, Furst Films, Lionsgate, Pacific Film and Television Commission, Pictures in Paradise
- Production Schedule: July 16 2007 - September 2007
Analysis: "Back in early 2003 came the first word of "Undead", a very low-budget (around $600,000 US dollars) Australian feature film about a meteor shower causing people in a small fishing community to become zombies. I was one of the first outlets to really cover the film and its twin directors Peter and Michael Spierig who really made it a labour of love and happily passed on great material from the film.
For its cost, the visuals were extraordinary and the direction showed great promise, something which I happily praised. Yet though technically interesting, the story was a mess (especially its last act) and the performances were generally quite terrible. Like all reviews on the site I was honest about that as well in the review, and since then I haven't heard a peep from either director - not the first or last time that situation has happened, filmmakers can be very touchy when it comes to even constructive criticism.
Now a little over six years later they've returned with the intriguingly premised "Daybreakers" which hopes to deliver some bite to the vampire genre that has been so defanged by the "Twilight" phenomenon. Shot on a limited budget, the pair once again have delivered a film that looks like it cost considerably more than it did. There's a strong acting pedigree as well on both American (Dafoe, Hawke) and Australian (Neill, Karvan, Michael Dorman) fronts.
Despite the film having screened at several festivals, I went to a local media screening which imposed an embargo so I can't post a proper review until January. I can say that it's a very gory film, especially its final act, and is delightfully gross B-cinema in spite of its high concept sci-fi leanings. Festival reviews weren't gushing but they were positive certainly as it's quite fun, but it's unlikely to reach beyond genre fans and those who want to see a vampire movie that in no way resembles "Twilight". Think "Underworld" with a lot less exposition."