The vampire movie Byzantium opens today in the UK and stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, as well as featuring Kate Ashfield. Byzantium director Neil Jordan has opened up about the film, saying that it is a quintessentially British movie.`
When asked by DenOfGeek if that is how he sees Byzantium, Jordan confirmed, "I agree. One thing I think British cinema is really good at is, not so much horror movies, but ghost stories. That old idea of a séance on a wet afternoon. [Pause] What’s that old portmanteau film with the ventriloquist’s dummy?"
DenOfGeek then asked if he meant Dead Of Night?, to which Neil responded, "That’s the one. There’s just something about that mood… [pauses] It’s just that the English landscape has always been good at conveying that sense of just… spookiness! And I guess that’s just the kind of movie Byzantium is."
As well as starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and Kate Ashfield, Byzantium also stars Thure Lindharte, Caleb Landry Jones and Daniel Mays. Neil Jordan directs Byzantium, based Moira Buffini script, with the movie opening today (Friday, May 31) in the UK and then on June 28 in the US.