Before I get started, keep in mind that I am not what you'd call a fan of the Twilight franchise. Don't get too riled up because I should clarify that I don't hate it either, it all comes down to the fact that the Cullens just aren't my type of bloodsucker. Now what I do love is a good pop culture phenomena and that's exactly what this tale of fang-crossed lovers is. Unfortunately for fans of the series, these movies have never gotten much respect from the non-fans (myself included), but the doubters might have to eat their words this summer, because early reviews for Eclipse, the third installment, have been overwhelmingly positive, and I'm starting to wonder if we have David Slade to thank for that.

Like most of us out there who are less than devoted to the story of the 'Veggie' vamps, the announcement that Slade (30 Days of Night and the awesome thriller Hard Candy) was going to take the helm for the third installment of the story was a bit of a head-scratcher, but things started to fall into place after I saw the final trailer. Slade's contribution looks nothing like the previous two films, and we've got a bad-guy who won't just wander out of the narrative, flashes of wolf vs. vampire battles, and even Dakota Fanning getting the chance to 'flex her fangs'.

After the jump; what Slade brings to the Twilight Saga...



Slade is known as a director with 'edge', and that's what I think the Twilight films have always been missing. There is a definite lack of thrills in these movies, and I don't care how sanitized a version it may be, Twilight is about vampires, which means that at the core of it all, it's about: violence, danger and sex. Which, judging by Slade's previous films, are themes that are near and dear to the director's heart. So judging by what we've seen (and heard) about Eclipse so far, I think Slade might have managed to put his own twisted stamp on the story of Edward and Bella (even if he had to fight Summit for the chance) and personally I couldn't be happier, because it's about time somebody made these movies a little more dangerous.

So what do you think, could Slade have done the impossible by finally making a Twilight movie that a non-fan could love?