It’s enough to say the material has been the subject of many successful films, books, and television shows. Several come to mind: Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Blade, and reaching back, Buffy.
There’s no question - Vampires sell. And not only recently, or just in western culture, either. There’s evidence of separately evolving vampire myths in Malaysia, Egypt, Native America, and of course, Eastern Europe. Vampires are ubiquitous, but why?
The central component is someone victimizing you in a way that compels you do the same to others.
This is a metaphor for drug abuse, sexual abuse, war, theft, fraud, things that have been common experiences cross culturally. Fiction exists to discuss publicly what cannot be discussed- instead the issue is wrapped in fantasy and called a story. The vampire myth is effective, and universal, otherwise it wouldn’t exist so universally.
What makes this film’s Vampires different, and ultimately more effective than our predecessors, lies in their humanity. We strip away the “supernatural,” to make the Vampires more frightening.
In our universe Vampirism is a disease. The afflicted are more like sophisticated junkies than powerful boogeymen, and use very human means and methods to hunt, convert, and kill their victims. By necessity they are organized and secretive. They have money, and manpower like many of the monsters that exist in real life. A brotherhood of serial killers. Men who lure, trap, and kill others in a very calculated way.
Media is changing. Stories are becoming more direct as it becomes more acceptable to show whatever content is necessary- storytelling is more direct. Science and readily available information has made mysterious, mythical monsters obsolete. Our iteration attempts to adapt Vampirism to our cultural reality, and makes the myth as effective as it was for us as it has been for countless cultures past.
Why a homeless person?
The Batman franchise is one of the most commercially successful in the world; in film, Batman has made more money than Captain America, Thor, and The Green Lantern combined. The least super Superhero seems to be the most relatable.
It’s always more interesting to watch someone risk something who doesn’t have an easy escape route in the same way it’s much more compelling to watch a tightrope walker without a safety net. Everything’s on the line; there’s much more at stake.
We take this concept one step further: We place the entirety of a practiced, successful, organization of serial killers, against a homeless guy.
Our hero is trained, clever, and determined…and those are the resources at his disposal. He is financially disenfranchised, like so many of our potential viewers. He can rely only on his spirit, his sense of right and wrong, and his wits. Those who suffered in the recent financial meltdown and struggle to put their lives back together against seemingly insurmountable odds can relate. Hunter, like so much of our audience, feels victimized. So we delight in watching his journey from victim to Hunter.
Gritty conceptual reboots have a history of box office success: Batman & Robin gave way to Batman Begins with great commercial success and acclaim just as Die Another Day gave way to Casino Royale.
Vampirism of late has been a lot of teen sex drama, and not a lot of psychological thriller. This is something we intend to remedy. Our myth is stronger than that.
In addition, psychological thrillers made on a small budget have a history of making money back in spades.
After the completing production, we plan to tour the festival circuit and look for distributors both in and outside the U.S.
A fresh take on a stale genre, fueled by a powerful underlying story and a compelling hero, cannot help but inspire not only in the hearts of our viewers, but at the box office as well.