Film Review

Film Review

If Anne Rice set the Vampire Chronicles in England instead of New Orleans, Byzantium would be one tale in the series. Directed by Neil Jordan, who also filmed 1994's Interview with the Vampire (He is also known for The Borgias - the Showtime version & The Company of Wolves), Byzantium is the story of 2 sisters (Saoirse Ronan & Gemma Arterton), both creatures of the night living in the guise of women and experiencing their immortal lives much like the title vamp of Ana Lily Amirpour's instant classic A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. 


What the film does well: Excels at recycling a few of the more practical aspects of vampire lore & wisely discarding the rest. It is also inventive in creating entirely new ones. Overall, its theatrical atmosphere and classical music-laden score seems ripped from the pages of a classic Gothic Horror novel. 

3/5