Monday, June 28, 2010

NY Post 'Eclipse Badass and Bloody'!

The NY Post has a great article on 'Eclipse' saying "No longer just for teen girls, the franchise’s third movie, ‘Eclipse,’ is badass and bloody"
"Maybe the “Twilight” franchise was just feeling a little emasculated. Can you blame it? Last year, when someone asked hunky “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard what he thought of Edward Cullen and Co., he laughed it off: “They’re cute,” he said.  But no more! Enter British director David Slade, whose last two films have been anything but cuddly. Surely the guy who made audiences literally squirm as Ellen Page tortured Patrick Wilson in “Hard Candy” could bring a little blood back to the vampires of Forks, Washington.  In “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the series’ third installment, that’s what he set out to do.
On their way to do battle with werewolves , vampire warriors emerge from a lake in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” The movie’s amped-up action is expected to attract male audiences. 
“One of my goals . . . was to make Edward scary,” Slade told IGN. “Because he’s a vampire. And there’s a carnivore under that surface.”
Not that you’d know it from the first two movies, which made Edward (Robert Pattinson) look like a bit of a powder puff. At his angriest, you’d find him looking really menacingly at a group of thugs, throwing a hissy fit when his girl talks to her teen-wolf friend or getting tossed around like a rag doll by some Italian vampires.
In most vamp mythology, they burst into flames in the sunlight. Not Edward — he sparkles.  Even the menacing wolf-boys of “New Moon,” led by newly ripped Taylor Lautner, seem to have mainly existed to show off their six-packs, in human form, and CGI technology, in wolf form.
If the boyfriends of swooning female fans were ever going to be persuaded to show up for yet another dose of Edward and Bella, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, the action would have to be ramped up. Things would actually have to get bloody.
“This book, of all the books, is the darkest,” says screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who predicts male viewers will dig the many fight scenes — wolf vs. vampire, old vampire vs. new vampire, Rosalie vs. a throng of Victorian gentlemen — depicted throughout. “It’s conflict [men] respond to and there’s just a great deal more of them in this one.”
“Eclipse” picks up where “New Moon” left off. Edward has just proposed to Bella. Bella’s best friend Jacob is coping with his feelings for her and his newfound wolf-ness. Vengeful vamp Victoria is still out there somewhere, forming an army of new vampires. And the Volturi clan is waiting for Bella to be turned into a vampire herself.
Unlike “New Moon,” which revolved in large part around Edward’s absence and Bella’s resulting depression, “Eclipse” jumps straight into action. “I think people will be quite shocked at the quicker pace,” says Pattinson. “I think the tone is a lot harsher. The fight scenes are much more scrappy and feral.
Read more HERE.

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