‘Eclipse’ Director David Slade Bashed ‘Twilight’

Back in November, Slade wrote on Twitter that he wouldn't even see the movie at gunpoint.

Long before David Slade had been plucked from the long list of directors to helm “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” franchise, the “30 Days of Night” director apparently didn’t have the fuzziest feelings about the teen vampire movie (which was just nominated for seven MTV Movie Awards .)

Slade’s Twitter page, which has now been deleted, once contained some biting remarks about “Twilight,” according to Slashfilm.com. And back in November, when Slade was on the Washington, D.C., radio station WJFK’s BDK Movie Show, he discussed the Twitter post.

“So, yesterday we were trying to find a movie to see, and we’d seen all the good ones,” Slade recalled. “And … having directed a vampire film and really gone for something completely different to the kind of romantic, you know, repressed-hormone teen-vampire movie, we really weren’t interested in seeing ‘Twilight,’ but a lot of people said, ‘Let’s go.’ ”

In response to his friends’ overwhelming desire to see Bella and Edward fall in love on the big screen, Slade said he Tweeted: ” ‘Twilight’ drunk? No, not even drunk. ‘Twilight’ on acid? No, not even on acid. ‘Twilight’ at gunpoint? Just shoot me.’

“[That's like] a poem in a way,” he said about the post. “At this point, it excites me, even though people think I’m a really violent and unpleasant person, I actually do have this romantic violent side to me. Maybe I should have seen ‘Twilight.’ ”

Now that Slade has signed on to adapt the third installment of Stephenie Meyer’s series, he’ll finally have to tap into that “romantic violent side” — presumably not at gunpoint.

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