I think vampires are different from human beings, but they're sentenced to eternity on this planet. They have the same confusion about love and permanence, integrity, and denial. These qualities really are the same in vampire characters as in humans. I think they're universal themes.
I think the reason vampire movies have been so popular over time is that they share so many parallels with human beings.
The vampire movies I embraced as a kid used vampirism as a metaphor that expressed deep sadness and a lot of human qualities.
I just want to make something that is true to itself and that interests me; otherwise, how can I have the audacity to think it's going to interest anybody else?
Love is a component of many different things - the baggage you bring, the moment, what you need in your life, seeing someone as a portal for understanding everything, and all the intensity that brings. It's not something to count on and act like it's a stable thing.
I think at its most mature, love is a very bourgeois state. There is something about luxuriating in the nest of love that people fall into naturally.
I tell myself, 'If I can wake up each day and be excited about what I'm doing, then I must be happy.' But then again, maybe I'm in denial.
I wanted to make an adult vampire film, not something for children.
I went to this Episcopalian school, and one day I came home and asked my mom, 'What religion are we?' She looked at me and said, 'We're artists.'
My taste in films doesn't lead financers to think they are going to make a zillion dollars.
People are fascinated with eternal life and physical power - the idea of having no vulnerability. We all feel small and powerless in the world at times, so the temptation to be a vampire is compelling.
I didn't plan to be a director until I was 35. For years I wanted to do anything but!
I don't know about relationships. Maybe I'm supposed to travel and make films and meet people and have adventures instead.
I feel too strongly about rearranging reality in a movie. It gives me peace.
I think of making a movie in such a romantic way.
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