It had to happen! As soon as someone thought of it, the result was inevitable. Tom Stoppard did his postmodern take on Hamlet in an absurdist tragicomedy called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead back in 1966, by re-viewing the events of Shakespeare’s play from the perspective of two minor characters who have no reality beyond that determined by the scenario and who are, of course, doomed to die.
In these post-millennial times of rampant undead activity, however, we now find that a film, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead!, is about to be released. Directed by Jordan Galland, it introduces Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to vampires:
Julian Marsh is an out of work ladies man who lands a job directing a bizarre adaption of Hamlet. After casting his best friend and his ex-girlfriend in the show, Julian finds himself in the middle of a two-thousand-year-old conspiracy that explains the connection between Shakespeare, the Holy Grail and some seriously sexy vampires. It turns out that the play was actually written by a master vampire named Theo Horace and it’s up to Julian to recover the Grail in order to reverse the vampire’s curse… If only being undead wasn’t so much God-damned fun!
In this one, not Hamlet, not Rosencrantz, not Guildenstern and perhaps not even Horatio can die, because they’re all immortal vampires.
Here’s the trailer:
Source: Laura Goodin