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  M.   June 18, 2013

by Kevin P. Sullivan

Any movie that features vampires and wants to be taken seriously, as a rule, will face comparisons to the throngs of blooding sucking fiction and films that came in the wake of “Twilight.”

For Gemma Arterton, whose new movie “Byzantium” is about a vampire mother-daughter duo from acclaimed director Neil Jordan, there are perks and drawbacks to belonging to that trendy club, as she explained to MTV News’ Josh Horowitz during a recent visit to the newsroom.

“Actually, it’s kind of a double-edged sword because they’re marketing it as a vampire movie because there is a market for that,” Arterton said. “It’s much more human in a way. It’s actually about mother and daughter and what it’s like to be 200 years-old with your mother or daughter. It’s much more of a traditional vampire story in many senses.”

Arterton went on to say that there have been some movies about vampires that have broken through to the more serious side of filmmaking, and she cited on specific example that she hopes “Byzantium” will follow.

“I think the vampire genre has been a bit skewed over the last few years,” she said. “There have been anomalies along the way like ‘Let the Right One In.’ I think we’ve lost the sense of a traditional vampire story. I think this really does go back to that.”

Byzantium,” starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, opens next week in limited release.