“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ is the last big vampire film on the horizon. Is it time to put a stake in the bloodsucker?
The past four years have been what you might call a bloodsucking boom period. When the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight came out in 2008 and made $392.6 million worldwide, it spawned a boatload of vampiric entertainment, one that spanned genres and media. There was the rest of the Twilight saga, which has grossed a staggering $2.5 billion so far, with Breaking Dawn — Part 2 still to come in November. There were the TV shows, most of which were hits — such as HBO’s True Blood, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, both the BBC and Syfy’s take on Being Human — and a few that weren’t (ABC’s The Gates and MTV’s Death Valley come to mind). And bookstore shelves remain stocked with hunky shirtless vampires glowering out from paperback covers.
But there also were a whole lot of misses: Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Fright Night, Priest, Let Me In, Daybreakers, Vampires Suck, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and Dylan Dog. Some were good, some weren’t, but they all underwhelmed at the box office.