Saturday, September 17, 2011
Here's the gist of the story. In a post-apocalyptic alternate world, a priest disobeys the church to rescue his niece who was kidnapped by a pack of vampires.
Now the priest here isn't the typical priest. He's a super human ninja like warrior trained by the churh to kill vampires during the man-vampire wars. And the vampires, they're aren't the vampires we've accustomed with in most books and movies. Here, they're these viscious creatures that look like Pan in Pan's Labyrinth and you can hardly call them a coven of vampires since they live in hives...and have a queen...so they're like antz or bees.
Now I am puzzled by one thing. I know the movie is based on a graphic novel...but these vampires in Priest do not make interesting monsters. I think they totally missed the marked.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think, the reason we've been fascinated by vampires and like reading about them in books and watching them in movies and tv is because they were human, still look human and yet are not and are monstrous. And even in most stories we've seen, they are superior physically in looks and strength and have the ability to attract their prey with their beauty and charm before drinking their blood.
Basically with Priest...what you get is these hideous creatures...that do not look human, had never been human (save for one), doesn't actually drink human blood, they pretty much just devour and tear humans too pieces. So my question is...what makes these creatures in Priest vampires rather than just random mindless monsters, when it doesn't even try to satisfy any of the the stuff in the vampire myths...well other than being fatally adverse to sunlight and religious stuff. And with the vampires in Priest being scary looking like that...its so obvious that humans will run the other direction right?