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The Cannes Film Festival is known for many things -- red carpets, star-studded galas, critics booing movies -- but this year it's become known for something new: vampires.
That's because two new high-profile vampire films, from famed directors Neil Jordan and Jim Jarmusch, were announced at this year's festival. And considering these are just the latest entries in the hottest film craze of the decade, we thought now would be a good time to take look at those projects as well as eight other upcoming vampire movies.
Vampires are immortal, after all -- which means this is one craze that could be with us forever.
Attached: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
Status: The original "Fright Night," which came out back in 1985, is something of a classic in the horror genre. So why remake the story of a teen who discovers his neighbor is a vampire? Probably because the producers had one of the hottest young actors around ("Star Trek's" Anton Yelchin), a proven A-list star (Colin Farrell), a cult hero ("Doctor Who's" David Tennant) and a cultural zeitgeist that makes vampire films like this potential box-office gold.
Release Date/Year: Aug. 19, 2011
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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2'
Attached: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Status: The first part of the last part of the biggest vampire epic ever made (sorry, but that's a fact) arrives in theaters this November, with the final chapter of "The Twilight Saga" set to follow a year later. But will these really be the last installments of author Stephenie Meyer's record-setting franchise? It's already known that she had begun a fifth book before scrapping it following internet leaks, plus there's that "Bree Tanner" novella floating around. We have a feeling Summit Entertainment might find reasons to squeeze another sequel or prequel out of this at some point -- about two billion reasons.
Release Date/Year: November 18, 2011; November 16, 2012
'Underworld: New Dawn'
Attached: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
Status: Are you guys ready to celebrate a decade of "Underworld" movies? Kate Beckinsale is, as the star of the first two installments of "Underworld" returns after skipping 2009's "Rise of the Lycans." This time around, the franchise about vampires fighting werewolves takes a page from the "Twilight" playbook, not only with the evocative "New Dawn" title but also from a plot perspective, as Beckinsale's Selene discovers she has a half-vampire daughter that she needs to protect in order to prevent the latest Lycan apocalypse. Sorry, Renesmee, you're yesterday's news.
Release Date/Year: January 20, 2012
Attached: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz
Status: The granddaddy of the modern vampire genre, "Dark Shadows" was a pop phenomenon when it debuted as a daytime soap (seriously) back in 1966. Now no less a personage than Johnny Depp steps into the iconic role of moody, ancient vampire Barnabas Collins. And considering he's joined by frequent collaborator Helena Bonham Carter and young vampire expert Chloe Moretz ("Let Me In") -- not to mention uber-director Tim Burton -- we have a feeling that this version of "Dark Shadows" may prove to be even more popular than the original.
Release Date/Year: May 11, 2012
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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
Attached: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Status: "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov steps back in time to detail an even more violent time in American history, one you won't find in any high school text book -- the period where Abraham Lincoln became a professional vampire hunter. Yup. Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, "Vampire Hunter" is the latest mashup from the minds that brought the world "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Benjamin Walker will star as our nation's 16th president, while "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-stars as Mary Todd Lincoln. And you co-star as a slack-jawed viewer.
Release Date/Year: June 22, 2012
Untitled Jim Jarmusch Vampire Movie
Attached: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt
Status: Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch is about the last guy you would expect to be making a vampire film; after all, he's best known for quirky mood pieces like "Broken Flowers" and "Stranger Than Paradise." But that's what makes this "crypto-vampire" love story starring the equally quirky Tilda Swinton such an intriguing prospect; the fact that it's also going to split time between Tangiers and, er, Detroit (?!) and features the always enigmatic John Hurt in a key role only makes it more interesting. We have a feeling this ain't exactly gonna be "Twilight."
Release Date/Year: 2012
Attached: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton
Status: Director Neil Jordan is no stranger to vamps, having helped kick off Hollywood's current love affair with the undead through his 1994 Anne Rice adaptation "Interview With the Vampire." Now he's back with a look at the bloodsuckers through a different lens: that of motherhood, with Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan set to play a mother-daughter team of nosferatu on the prowl. The project, which is based on a play by author Moira Buffini, will likely begin filming in October for release next year.
Release Date/Year: 2012
Attached: Vincent D'Onofrio, Rachel Leigh Cook, Elizabeth Hurley
Status: Veteran horror director Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") brings another twist on the vampire genre: the vampire western. Vincent d'Onofrio stars as a 19th century lawman who must face down something a little worse than banditos -- undead, bloodsucking banditos. Much as we like the shout out to the classic western "High Noon," we think they might have done better to title the film "Cowboys & Vampires." Either way, we're looking forward to this boot hill showdown.
Release Date/Year: 2012
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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Attached: Not Joss Whedon
Status: Oh, boy. Maybe you've heard of this one: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" started off as a poorly received film in 1992 before being remade by creator Joss Whedon in 1997 as one of the most influential and important cult shows in television history. Now Warner Bros. has decided to reboot the franchise -- about a teenage girl who discovers she is fated to hunt down vampires -- without Whedon's involvement. Frankly, it seems like a terrible idea, but one thing is for sure: Either way, this "Buffy" is going to be one of the most talked about vampire films in recent memory.
Release Date/Year: 2012/13
'The Last Voyage of Demeter'
Attached: Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Ben Kingsley
Status: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" director David Slade returns not just to vampires, but to the root of all vampire stories in this tale spun straight out of the pages of Bram Stoker's classic novel "Dracula." The title refers to the doomed ship Demeter, which in the novel mysteriously runs aground in England with no living soul on board -- a result of unwittingly transporting Dracula's coffin. An all-star cast including Jude Law, Noomi Rapace ("Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") and Sir Ben Kingsley will reveal the terrifying events of that fateful voyage. Sounds pretty awesome.
Release Date/Year: 2013