ACTRESS Sarah Bolger is taking a bite out of the massive popularity of vampire movies.
The Dubliner was at the Venice Film Festival yesterday to promote 'The Moth Diaries' alongside director Mary Harron and co-stars Sarah Gadon and Valerie Tian.
However, fans of the 'Twilight' franchise have been warned that this latest vampire tale is a more dark take on Gothic horror.
Bolger plays 16-year-old girl Rebecca who is struggling with depression and has been sent to a boarding school following her father's suicide.
There she meets the mysterious Ernessa, played by supermodel Lily Cole, whom she suspects is a vampire preying on her fellow boarders.
The film, an Irish-Canadian co-production, premiered at the festival yesterday.
Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender's role as a sex-obsessed New Yorker has made him a firm favourite for the best actor award at the festival, capping what reviewers call a breakthrough year for the 34-year-old Irishman.
The Killarney star had already impressed film critics in Venice with his interpretation of one of the fathers of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung, in 'A Dangerous Method'.
But it is his performance in Steve McQueen's 'Shame' that has made him the talk of the festival.
He plays a handsome executive living comfortably in Manhattan who can only escape his existential angst by seeking casual sex.