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Writers:
Michael Spierig (written by) &
Peter Spierig (written by)
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Release Date:
8 January 2010 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In 2019, the most precious natural resource... is us. See more »
Plot:
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Harriet Minto-Day ... Lisa Barrett

Jay Laga'aia ... Senator Turner

Damien Garvey ... Senator Westlake
Sahaj Dumpleton ... Homeless Vampire
Allan Todd ... Businessman
Gabriella Di Labio ... Businesswoman

Ben Siemer ... Police Officer
Peter Welman ... Police Officer

Ethan Hawke ... Edward Dalton
Callum McLean ... Vampire School Kid
Jarrad Pon ... Vampire School Kid
Victoria Williams ... Vampire School Kid
Zoe White ... Vampire School Kid
Aolani Roy ... Vampire School Kid

Tiffany Lamb ... News Reader
Renai Caruso ... Coffee Shop Attendant

Chris Brown ... Subway Commuter
Kirsten Cameron ... Subway Commuter

Sam Neill ... Charles Bromley
Carl Rush ... Al Walker
Paul Sonkkila ... General Williams

Vince Colosimo ... Christopher Caruso
Todd Levi ... Commissioner Turnbull
Wayne Smith ... Inmate 4075B
Berni Chin ... Lab Technician
Kevin Zwierzchaczewski ... Lab Technician
Joel Spreadborough ... Vampire Subject
Lisa Cunningham ... Nurse
Amanda Buchanan ... Nurse
Jane Wallace ... Bromley's Assistant

Claudia Karvan ... Audrey Bennett

Mungo McKay ... Colin Briggs

Emma Randall ... Ellie Landon
Charlotte Wilson ... Joy Watkins
Rohan Smith ... Police Officer in Car

Michael Dorman ... Frankie Dalton
Bryan Probets ... Subsider in Kitchen
John Gibson ... Detective Cosgrove
Robyn Moore ... Forensic Investigator Simms
Troy MacKinder ... Officer Hobbs

Willem Dafoe ... Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac

Christopher Kirby ... Jarvis Bayom

Glen Martin ... Coffee Buyer

Isabel Lucas ... Alison Bromley
Des Coroy ... Businessman

Michelle Atkinson ... Mother
David Vallon ... Janitor

Candice Storey ... Onlooker
Simon Burvill-Holmes ... Onlooker
Anne Bennetts ... Onlooker
Kellie Vella ... Subsider in Garage
Scot McQade ... Security Desk Officer
Jack Bradford ... Security Guard #1
Jason Chin ... Medic
Konrad Whitten ... Weathered Human

Mark Finden ... Young Vampire Cadet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Byron J. Brochmann ... Vampire Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Browning ... Vampire soldier (uncredited)
Joel Amos Byrnes ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Eddie L. Fauria ... Street Cop (uncredited)
Michael Ienna ... Louis (uncredited)

Selina Kadell ... Debate News Anchorwoman (uncredited)
David Knijnenburg ... Vampire Commuter (uncredited)
Alex Revan ... Rygar (uncredited)
Matthew Wollaston ... Vampire Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)
Peter Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)
 
Writing credits
Michael Spierig (written by) (as The Spierig Brothers) &
Peter Spierig (written by) (as The Spierig Brothers)

Produced by
Peter Block .... executive producer
Chris Brown .... producer
Jason Constantine .... executive producer
Todd Fellman .... co-producer
Bryan Furst .... producer
Sean Furst .... producer
Stuart Wood .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Gordon 
 
Cinematography by
Ben Nott (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Matt Villa 
 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
 
Production Design by
George Liddle 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Booth 
 
Set Decoration by
Matthew Putland 
 
Costume Design by
George Liddle 
 
Makeup Department
Gino Acevedo .... makeup and prosthetics effects art director
Karen Adcock .... make-up/wig artist
Toby Barron .... prosthetics technician
Jamie Beswarick .... sculptor
Steven Boyle .... creative project designer (as Steve Boyle)
Steven Boyle .... creative project supervisor (as Steve Boyle)
Steven Boyle .... special makeup effects (as Steve Boyle)
Don Brooker .... sculptor
Jonathon Brough .... paint technician (as Johnny Brough)
Sourisak Chanpaseuth .... paint supervisor
Bryce Curtis .... molding technician
Melissa Dodds .... makeup and prosthetics effects production manager
Natalie Dowell .... makeup trainee
Natalie Dowell .... prosthetic trainee
Dalia Fernandez .... wig supervisor
Verity Fiction .... additional makeup artist
Troy Follington .... hair stylist
Troy Follington .... makeup artist
Troy Follington .... prosthetic artist
Ryk Fortuna .... sculptor
Ryk Fortuna .... silicone fabricator
Simon Godsiff .... molding technician
Adam Head .... prosthetics technician
Vince Holland .... prosthetics technician
Bill Hunt .... sculptor
Gary Hunt .... sculptor
Gus Hunter .... makeup and prosthetics effects designer
Kate Jorgensen .... design room coordinator
Simon Joseph .... hair stylist
Simon Joseph .... makeup artist
Simon Joseph .... prosthetic artist
Marina Le Dean .... makeup trainee
Marina Le Dean .... prosthetic trainee
Grant Lehmann .... prosthetic workshop coordinator
Samantha Lyttle .... key makeup effects artist
Samantha Lyttle .... makeup artist: Mr. Dafoe
Samantha Lyttle .... prosthetics coordinator
Gareth McGhie .... makeup and prosthetics effects workshop supervisor
Antony McMullen .... prosthetics technician
Antony McMullen .... senior prosthetic makeup artist
David Meng .... makeup and prosthetics effects designer
Masayasu Minoura .... molding technician
Les Nairn .... paint technician
Tess Natoli .... hair stylist
Tess Natoli .... makeup artist
Tess Natoli .... prosthetic artist
Joe Pace .... mold technician
Cristina Patterson .... contact lens painter (as Cristina Patterson Ceret)
Christian Pearce .... makeup and prosthetics effects designer
Frances Richardson .... makeup effects department head
Tania Rodger .... makeup and prosthetics effects workshop manager
Darin Rose .... makeup artist
Kym Sainsbury .... hair department head
Kym Sainsbury .... makeup department head
Kym Sainsbury .... prosthetic makeup department head
Vicki Sands .... additional makeup artist
Brian Stendebach .... molding technician
Richard Taylor .... makeup effects design supervisor
Richard Taylor .... makeup effects supervisor
Greg Tozer .... key sculptor
Carla Vicenzino .... hair coordinator
Carla Vicenzino .... hair stylist: Mr. Hawke
Carla Vicenzino .... makeup artist: Mr. Hawke
Carla Vicenzino .... makeup coordinator
Michael Wallace .... mold department head
Ben Wootten .... makeup and prosthetics effects designer
 
Production Management
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Basia Plachecki .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Bate .... additional assistant director
Greg Cobain .... second second assistant director
Jamie Leslie .... first assistant director
Nick McKinnon .... second assistant director
Rachael O'Brien .... second assistant director: second unit
Brett Popplewell .... first assistant director: second unit
Jason Rowling .... additional third assistant director
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... second unit director
Sarah-Jane Walsh .... third assistant director (as Sarah Jane Walsh)
 
Art Department
Lance Bunyan .... set finisher
Gillian Butler .... buyer/set dresser
Daniel Cairns .... props
Graeme Callander .... storyboard artist
Gary Cameron .... propmaker
Scott Denby .... set builder
Wayne Diskin .... stand-by carpenter
Andrew Duncan .... set builder
Doug Franks .... art department swing gang
Ben Fraser .... painter
Simon Gill .... assistant set dresser
Matthew Henneken .... set builder
Lenny Holmdahl .... property master
Fred Hughes .... set builder
Luke Hughes .... carpenter
Rick Jarvis .... carpenter
George Kabot .... graphic designer
Klaus Kastberg .... set designer
Johann Kwiatkowski .... graphic designer
Jacinta Leong .... set designer
Adam Mawby .... greensman
Noel McCartney .... construction foreman
Tricia McInally .... art department coordinator
Doug McKinnon .... set builder
Phoebe McMahon .... set decoration assistant
Chris O'Neill .... props buyer
Greg Refeld .... assistant stand by props
Mitchell Seeto .... graphics
Phil Shearer .... concept designer
Trevor Spann .... leading hand
Innes Stenhouse .... carpenter
Jackson Tuchscherer .... art department electrician
Phillip Tuchscherer .... art department electrician
Darren Unsgaard .... on-set dresser
David Valencia .... on-set dresser
Hans Verbeek .... set builder
Jodie Whetter .... set buyer
Jodie Whetter .... set dresser
Paula Whiteway .... set designer
Chris Williams .... head scenic artist
Harry Zettel .... standby props
 
Sound Department
Nick Breslin .... sound designer (as Nicholas Breslin)
Nick Breslin .... sound effects editor (as Nicholas Breslin)
Glenn Butler .... re-recording engineer
Damian Candusso .... sound designer
Damian Candusso .... sound effects editor
Brad Cohn .... assistant adr recordist
Jason Hancock .... foley recordist
Phil Heywood .... sound re-recording mixer
Sonal Joshi .... supervising dialogue editor
Rich Macar .... adr recordist
Dan McMahon .... sound assistant
Martin Oswin .... adr mixer
Wayne Pashley .... sound designer
Wayne Pashley .... sound re-recording mixer
Wayne Pashley .... supervising sound editor
Derryn Pasquill .... dialogue editor
John Simpson .... foley artist
Peter Spierig .... additional atmosphere sound editor
Libby Villa .... dialogue editor
Craig Walmsley .... sound recordist
Jenny T. Ward .... dialogue editor (as Jenny Ward)
William Ward .... atmospheres editor
William Ward .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Steven Boyle .... creatures designer and supervisor
Jac Charlton .... designer: vampire teeth
Robert Charlton .... designer: vampire teeth
Ryk Fortuna .... prosthetics team
Andrew Goodall .... special effects technician
Daniel Houweling .... special effects coordinator (as Dan Houweling)
Clint Ingram .... special effects supervisor
Darren A. Mosher .... mold maker
Lee O'Shaughnessy .... stunt team
Murray Philip .... special effects technician
Jeremy Piggott .... special effects technician (as Jeremy 'JJ' Piggott)
Steve Rungwerth .... special effects technician (as Steve 'Rungi' Rungwerth)
Phill Rylance .... special effects technician (as Phil 'Bluey' Rylance)
Kym Sainsbury .... special makeup effects supervisor
Carlos Slater .... prosthetic seamer
Bill Thomson .... mechanist
Greg Tuckwell .... special effects technician
Matt Ward .... mechanist
Matt Ward .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alicia Aguilera .... digital compositor
Naomi Anderlini .... compositor: Postmodern
Naomi Anderlini .... digital artist
Chris Breeze .... digital artist
Aaron Briggs .... digital artist
Jessica Curtis .... digital artist
Ian Dodman .... digital artist
David Edwards .... compositor: Postmodern
David Edwards .... digital artist
Michael Harkin .... compositor: Postmodern
Michael Harkin .... digital artist
Makoto Hatanaka .... digital artist: Postmodern Sydney
Robert James Kelly .... senior technical director: Kanuka Studio (as Robert Kelly)
Daniel Loui .... compositor: Postmodern
Daniel Loui .... digital artist
Demis Lyall-Wilson .... digital compositor: Postmodern Sydney
Chad Malbon .... visual effects producer
Kirsty Martin .... visual effects coordinator
Allan McKay .... senior technical director
Orlando Meunier .... digital artist
Daniel Mons .... systems administrator
Blake Muir .... roto artist
Hajime Nakamura .... digital artist
D.J. Nicke .... lead animator
Tahl Niran .... compositor: Postmodern
Tahl Niran .... digital artist
Matthew Ozerski .... visual effects editor
Daniel Phillis .... visual effects animator
Angus Reid .... visual effects operations manager: Postmodern
Kurtis Richmond .... lead matte painter
Kurtis Richmond .... visual effects art department: Postmodern
Andrew Robinson .... visual effects executive producer: Postmodern Sydney
Loren Robinson .... digital compositor: Kanuka Studio
Max Robinson .... roto artist
James Rogers .... senior visual effects supervisor: Postmodern
Andrew Smith .... rotoscope artist: Postmodern Sydney
Michael Spierig .... 2D animator
Michael Spierig .... 2D compositor
Peter Spierig .... 3D animator
Peter Spierig .... 3D compositor
Michael Stanbury .... data wrangler
Rangi Sutton .... visual effects supervisor
Nick Tabet .... digital artist
Jonathan Taranto .... matte painter
Jonathan Taranto .... visual effects art department: Postmodern (as Jonathan 'Zam' Taranto)
Randy Vellacott .... compositor: Postmodern
Randy Vellacott .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Koichi Yamagishi .... digital artist
Scott Geersen .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Shea Adams .... stunt driver
Lee Adamson .... stunt performer
Lee Adamson .... stunt rigger
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator (2007)
Keir Beck .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bradd Buckley .... stunt performer
Joel Amos Byrnes .... stunt performer (as Joel Byrnes)
Jimmy Christiansen .... stunt performer
Gavin Coleman .... stunt performer
Rhye Copeman .... stunt performer
Aston Crabtree .... stunt performer
Haydn Dalton .... stunt performer
Sebastian Dickins .... stunt performer
Nicole Downs .... stunt performer (as Nicole Downes)
Josh Elkington .... stunt performer
Neil Fanning .... stunt performer
Amanda Giblin .... stunt performer
Barton Hardie .... stunt performer
Steve Harman .... stunt performer
Brendan Jakins .... stunt rigger
Greg Jones .... stunt performer
Bret Kennedy .... stunts
Alex Kuzelicki .... stunt performer: soldier
Riley McCarthy .... stunts
Craig Morgan .... stunt performer
Lee O'Shaughnessy .... stunt performer
Gulliver Page .... stunt performer
Rene Perrin .... stunt performer
Robert Reitano .... stunt performer
Nicholas Schodel .... stunt performer
Ben Siemer .... stunt performer
Yasca Sinigaglia .... stunt performer
Annette Van Moorsel .... stunt performer
Karl Van Moorsel .... utility stunts
Mick Van Moorsel .... stunt driver
Mark Wickham .... stunt rigger
Joe Zuber .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Alberts .... system rig electric (as Steven 'Pineapple' Alberts)
Peter Bailey .... video assist assistant
Marcus Ballantine .... grip
Adam Brandon .... rigging electrician (as Adam 'Peachy' Brandon)
Tim Buckland .... lighting technician (as Timothy John Buckland)
Ross Butler .... rigging best boy
Daniel Clark .... focus puller: "b" camera
Peter Critchley .... assistant electrician
Tristan Davies .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Darryl Dempsey .... assistant electrician
Jason Ewart .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Ewart .... steadicam operator
Matthew Floyd .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dirk Foulger .... rigger
Alan Franklin .... rigging electrician
Greg Gilbert .... camera operator
Billy Harmer .... grip
Polly Harrison .... video assist operator
Stephen Head .... best boy electric
Chris Healy .... additional first assistant camera
Luke Jeffery .... video split assistant
Steven Magrath .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lars Myrvang .... video split attachment
Grant Nielsen .... key grip
Luke Nixon .... first assistant camera: second unit
Mick O'Brien .... gaffer
Michael Rich .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Ben Rothstein .... still photographer
Ricky Schamburg .... additional camera operator
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Unwin .... still photographer
Jason Waide .... rigging gaffer
Kris Wallis .... grip
Nathan Walton .... assistant electrician
Trent Williamson .... dolly grip: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Bud Hopes .... extras casting
Ben Parkinson .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dannielle Alexander .... assistant costume stand-by
Matt Appleton .... creature suit supervisor
Cathy Harris .... creature suit fabricator (as Tree Harris)
Nadine Jaggi .... creature suit fabricator
Stephanie Schubert .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Cameron D'Arcy .... telecine assistant
Richard Francis-Bruce .... additional editor
Heather Galvin .... on-line editor
Adrian Hauser .... digital intermediate colorist
Alison Ingram .... post-production coordinator
Michelle Junee .... post-production coordinator
John Lee .... digital intermediate supervisor
Justin McDonald .... colorist: dailies
Justin Ngy Tran .... digital intermediate supervisor
Selina Weller .... senior post-production coordinator
Joe Lancaster .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Lance Spindler .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniel Baker .... composer assistant
Craig Beckett .... scoring crew
Laura Bishop .... music preparation
Daniel Brown .... scoring crew
Christo Curtis .... score engineer
Christo Curtis .... score mixer
Jay Faires .... music executive
Christopher Gordon .... conductor
Christopher Gordon .... orchestrator
Alex Henery .... music contractor
Alex Henery .... orchestra contractor
Alison Johnston .... choir contractor
Jessica Wells .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Richard Allsop .... mechanic
Scott Dare .... mechanic
Brandon Specht .... action vehicle assistant
Steve Taylor .... action vehicle coordinator
 
Other crew
Naomi Anderlini .... title designer: opening titles
Tara Aucoin .... assistant: Mr. Dafoe
Angela Barac .... assistant production coordinator
Amanda Bishop .... adr loop group
Megan Clarke .... clearance coordinator
Tony Clarke .... location manager
Anthony Cogin .... adr loop group
Kieran Darcy-Smith .... adr loop group
James Evans .... adr loop group
Alex Fewster .... production secretary
Elizabeth Friels .... adr loop group
Jeff Gribble .... armourer
Anita Hegh .... adr loop group
Rebecca Howcroft .... assistant accountant
Bartholomew John .... adr loop group
Wade Krawczyk .... assistant armourer
Diana Le Dean .... assistant: Chris Brown
Danielle Lomas .... assistant: P. and M. Spierig (as Danni Lomas)
Troy MacKinder .... dialect coach
Brian Meegan .... adr loop group
Stuart Monksfield .... project manager
Tiriel Mora .... adr loop group
Julie O'Reilly .... adr loop group
Jason Rowling .... production assistant
David Rudduck .... IT technical support
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Rita Siomos .... first assistant accountant
Sophie Siomos .... production accountant
Nathan Smith .... lab liaison
Jackie Sullivan .... script supervisor
Katrina Sweetman .... account assistant
John Xintavelonis .... adr loop group
 
Thanks
Kirsten Cameron .... the producers wish to thank
Stephanie Denton .... special thanks
Dale Duguid .... thanks
Shyama Friedenson .... special thanks
Stephanie Lewis .... special thanks
Ineke Majoor .... thanks
Joey Monteiro .... special thanks
Seth Needle .... special thanks
Tom Ortenberg .... special thanks
Harry Posadas .... thanks
Simon Rosenthal .... thanks
John Spierig .... the producers wish to thank
Marianne Spierig .... the producers wish to thank
Christopher W. Yan .... special thanks (as Christopher Yan)
 

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:13+ | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) (cut) | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) (uncut) | Ireland:16 (cinema rating) | Japan:R15+ | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) (DVD rating) | UK:15 (cut) (original rating) | UK:18 (uncut) (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #44213)
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Trivia:
This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first scene set in Charles Bromley's office, Bromley greets Edward Dalton and touches Dalton at the elbow with his right hand; in the next shot, Bromley's arm is at his side.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[on television]
Senator Westlake:Let's be clear about this. Humans were offered a chance to assimilate, but they refused. Therefore, they are enemies of the state and will be captured and farmed for blood supply.
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Soundtrack:
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Creative film with a lazy ending, 9 May 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

In the near future, a bat-borne plague has turned 99% of the human population into vampires. The remaining humans are hunted down and farmed for blood by a corporation headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill), an individual who views vampirism as a miracle since he was dying before the plague broke out. There aren't many humans left though, and when a vamp goes without blood, they turn into grotesque Nosferatu variants called subsiders. Bromley enlists his top hematologist (Ethan Hawke) to come up with a blood substitute, but an underground band of surviving humans has a different resolution in mind.

This film has a unique premise, and for the first hour or so, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world that Michael and Peter Spierig created. The opening scene shows one of the downsides of vampirism, as a girl takes her life rather than be stuck in a child's body for eternity. There were other fun touches thrown in too, like blood coming in wine bottles and being poured over ice. The film's storyline touches on themes of corporate greed taking precedent over the good of the public, and there is an underlying oil subtext that is less than subtle.

The second half turns into a clichéd mess. The ending in particular is really cheesy as a result. Truthfully, I would have been happy if the whole band of humans idea had been scrapped entirely. Surely they could've come up with something a little better. I mean, this is a pretty creative film. Other segments of the picture seem rushed, like the subplot involving Bromley's daughter. Speaking of Bromley, Sam Neill is one of my favorite actors, so it was great seeing him in a genre film again. His presence is the highlight of Daybreakers. I've never much cared for Hawke, and his performance here did nothing to change my mind. Willem Dafoe also pops up, and while I usually do like him, his character here is annoying.

As is, chalk it up as a movie that could've been more. Oh well, at least it's way better than the last work from the Spierigs, Undead. That was one of the rare films that I stopped watching halfway through. Quick note: I saw a father and two young teens leave shortly after an early scene involving a gory testing of the blood substitute. Guess they thought this would be another Twilight.

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