Red Riding Hood (2011)

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Greenlighting this updated Red Riding Hood must have seemed like a no-brainer; combine the current trend for modern gothic – angst-ridden vampires and emotionally conflicted werewolves – with the familiar set up of an ever-green fairy tale, a beautiful cast and the director of the teen behemoth Twilight and you’ve got a sure fire winner, right? But, as so often happens, it seems that so much stock has been placed in replicating a seemingly winning formula that no care was taken to ensure that the resulting film had any emotional heart, or even a cohesive narrative.

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Daybreakers (2009)

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Thanks to the success of the behemoth Twilight franchise and glosy US TV shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, vamps are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. But bloodsuckers are nothing new in horror, with filmmakers throughout the ages – from Todd Browning (Dracula, 1931) to Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, 1987) and Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, 1987) – attempting to put their own spin on a well-worn genre. Now it’s the turn of German brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, whose Daybreakers is an intriguing and mostly successful entry into the overstuffed vamp stable.

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