Vampire mythology has always taken different forms, from Dracula to Edward Cullen. Now, vampire lore has taken a new path in the upcoming movie Priest, which enjoyed an uproarious presentation in Hall H, Friday night at Comic-Con.
On hand to present the film to fans were cast members Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban and Stephen Moyer along with Director Scott Charles Stewart.
Stewart told fans that he wanted a different take on vampires and "thought it would be cool" to do it the way they have in the movie, which presents them as slimy, toothy, crawling sub-humanoids -- a far cry from the pretty boys who populate the Twilight series.
To add to the "coolness" of the movie, it was decided to make the movie in 3D. Yes, we all know that many movies are coming out in 3D, and that the "cool" effect is slowly diminishing because of this. The makers of Priest, however, are taking a lot of time with the process of this movie, so that the 3D is as good as they can make it.
Paul Bettany, who is playing the title character, and also worked with Stewart in Legion, says it was nice to not be "shackled" with a lower budget like they were when making that film.
An awesome bit of footage was screened for the Hall H crowd - which generated quite the roar of applause.
In the clip, Bettany’s character, Priest, petitions the Church Council for his reinstatement to provide him the authority to hunt the vampires responsible for the recent increase in attacks. The trailer suggests that Priest assembles a team of specially trained warriors to help him in his mission. This film looks to have the post-apocalyptic feel of Resident Evil: Extinction, mixed with the haunting despair of 30 Days of Night.
The action clips that were shown to us between the characters and the gruesome vampires drew gasps from several audience members. Films that portray humanity on the brink of annihilation add a welcome layer of intensity.
Following the clip, the cast and crew took questions from the audience of Hall H.
One of the very first questions asked was about the way the movie portrays the vampires. The very observant fan noticed that in the trailer, the vampires seemed to be without eyes, and he asked Scott if he had seen that correctly. Scott’s reply was, "God, that’s what I love about Comic-Con! Everyone pays so close attention!" He went on to explain that yes, the vampires in Priest do not have eyes, because they wanted their vampires to be different, something that we hadn’t seen yet. The idea spawned from examining the type of creatures that evolve blind in low light conditions, such as caves. "Blindness" is a key theme throughout the movie.
Not only does this movie have some a great cast and some epic special effects, but Comic-Con attendees in Hall H were also told that the story line is also a big journey for all of the characters of the movie.
Mania's Take: Priest looks like it is going to be one rockin’ movie, and from what we were shown at the Con. We highly recommend this movie when it comes out May 13, 2011.
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