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Priest director reveals his vampires

Priest.jpgThere's a comment that the director of Priest, Scott Stewart, made while promoting his upcoming film Legion that really does put me at ease with the idea of his vampires coming to life on screen.

While other shows are trying to house train the creatures, Stewart has is eyes set on creating the creature of old and bringing a harsh "reality" to the story, and that's something I'm glad of and will make me head out to see this film.

Priest tells the story of just that, a Priest. However he's in a world where vampires are very real and although his church orders him not to, he turns against them in order to track down these creatures and kill them.

Scott Stewart, the director of the film, tells us more about the comic book adaptation when he speaks to The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision through ShockTillYouDrop. He reveals a little more about the story behind the creatures.

"It takes place a generation after the war, a hundreds-year war between man and vampire, and the characters of the priests are like Jedi Knights that helped turn the tide. My focus is how now the vampire is vanquished, and society has moved on from you. You're not the hero anymore, and people look at you like a freak. They won't talk to you. And so we look at what happens after that if you're called into service again. You end up questioning why you made those sacrifices to begin with."

That sounds interesting enough, but for me the clincher comes when he talks about the portrayal of the vampires, and for all of those who don't like our horror out in the daylight and using lip gloss, Stewart tells us his vampires aren't going to be campires.

"I didn't feel like I had a lot to add to the vampire lore when I first read "Priest." I really liked the script, but one thing I didn't want to do was a sexy vampire movie. "True Blood" is doing that. And my vampires aren't going to sparkle in the daylight. What I ended up making instead is a movie about war and the aftermath of war and the sacrifices we go through...

...The vampires are very feral and very violent. They are not human. They don't talk English. They are not people at all, they're digital characters. We've created a whole lore about them."

Okay I'm in, and I think you'll have won the hearts and minds of many a horror and vampire fan, especially those who aren't teenagers.

Priest does sound a very interesting film, and although I'm in two minds about his current Legion, I am more certain of my interest in Priest. After all, it's our antidote to the Twilight and True vampires.



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