For a very long time it seemed like vampires were the zenith of cool, from Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire to Wesley Snipes in Blade. Then the Twilight saga came along and vampires took something of a hit to their image. We’re not saying it was the sparkling, but the sparkling didn’t help.
Luckily, indie director Jim Jarmusch is on hand to repair vampires’ cool image with Only Lovers Left Alive, a romantic horror film about two members of the sharp-toothed undead, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have a love affair that dates back centuries. They reunite after a period of estrangement, only to have their lives disrupted by the appearance of Eve’s wild younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska).
The second trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive highlights the film’s mix of moodiness and dark humor, which won the praise of critics after its festival run last year. Between Adam’s music and Marlowe’s (John Hurt) writing, it seems that this gang of vampires have Forrest Gumped their way through the pages of history, creating great art and letting other people take the credit for it.
This practise extends into Adam’s current lifestyle as a reclusive musician whose desire to stay out of the spotlight has only caused people to become even more interested in him, as his fixer Ian (Anton Yelchin) noted in the previous trailer. The vampires no longer kill humans for sustenance, instead preferring to acquire pure blood of guaranteed quality from doctors and sip it from shot glasses (or freeze it into popsicles), but if the clip of the two lovers dissolving a corpse in acid is anything to go by, Only Lovers Left Alive probably isn’t entirely without conflict.
With such a strong cast, especially a Marvel fan favorite like Hiddleston, Only Lovers Left Alive shouldn’t have too much trouble attracting a respectable audience during its spring release. Tell us in the comments if you were impressed by this trailer – or at least by Hiddleston’s ability to play a guitar with a drumstick.
Only Lovers Left Alive arrives in theaters on April 11, 2014.