‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Trailer: Vampire Romance Gets the Indie Treatment

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For all his indie filmmaker bona fides, Jim Jarmusch’s output has been rather eclectic over the 30 years he’s been active. Initially known for quirky dramedies such as Mystery Train and Night on Earth, Jarmusch subsequently expanded into other genres – the Western with Dead Man, samurai action with Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, and crime thrillers with The Limits of Control. Of course, all of these offerings retained that signature Jarmusch sense of general weirdness.

Given this willingness to experiment, it should probably come as no surprise that Jarmusch is dipping his directorial toe in the vampire craze with Only Lovers Left Alive. Featuring Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) as Adam and Eve, a pair of immortals increasingly disconnected from human society, the film has debuted a new trailer for the run-up to its international release in December.

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As is common with a Jarmusch joint, Only Lovers Left Alive appears to be playing sarcastically with its genre while simultaneously exploring its corners with an almost dour intensity. Both melancholy and dread mix freely throughout the preview.

Perhaps the most promising aspects of the trailer are the direct parallels between vampiric thirst and drug addiction – something that could underline Adam and Eve’s rock-and-roll lifestyle. Though it’s not exactly a new idea, the thematic resonance of that imagery could make Only Lovers Left Alive smarter and more engaging than the average bloodsucker flick.

Along with Swinton and Hiddleston, Only Lovers Left Alive features performances by John Hurt (Doctor Who), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: Into Darkness), and Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak).


Though The Only Lovers Left Alive has already debuted at several film festivals, it does not yet have a definitive US release date. Watch Screen Rant carefully to see when this film will finally creep from the shadows.

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  1. At last a vampire film I can get along with, looks like the best in the genre since Interview. Scratch that, Let the Right one In was good too, in fact the book is eerily poking out of my book shelf as I type..

  2. I can’t wait to see this. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch it in cinema somewhere.

  3. cannot wait to see this film. This reminds me of that 1995 film “The Addiction,” anyways looking forward to seeing this because I love Jarmusch’s films and the characters that inhabit them.

  4. I don’t know what it is about Tilda Swinson. Sometimes, I find her very alluring, and sometimes, not. Regardless, she has a way about her.

  5. I initially couldn’t get behind this film because I couldn’t imagine Tom Hiddelson do anything but loki …after the trailer I was proven wrong..besides a great actor.

    • And he does a very good impression of Owen Wilson!

      • I listened to some of the commentary for Avengers, and Joss Whedon talked about him being a very good mimic.

    • You should check out The Hollow Crown mini series (if you enjoy Shakespeare). Both his Prince Hal and Henry V is amazing.

      Also, Midnight in Paris or Deep Blue Sea.

      So yeah, he can do a lot more than just Loki :)

    • I saw Owen Wilson bit…nails it

      • You should look up Tom’s impression of Samuel L. Jackson as Loki…Awesome…

        • Saw it…liked the Wilson impression better

  6. Dude stop advertising