The vampires strike back at 'Twilight'
IT WAS one of the most eagerly awaited premieres in years, so it was less than surprising that Monica Siegel and her friends shelled out $2,500 (€2,020) and flew hundreds of miles to camp for four days on a gritty patch of sidewalk in Los Angeles with the hope that they might see one of the heartthrob stars of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'.
Her gamble paid off as Siegel (22), from Michigan, not only nabbed a prime spot near the red carpet to swoon over the movie's stars such as Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, but also was one of just a few selected to watch the film inside with the stars of the blockbuster vampire series.
"It's completely worth it," Siegel said after learning she had scored the premiere seats.
"Kristen was amazing. She actually talked with us. The whole night is one big, happy memory," Siegel said.
She and her friends are just a few among thousands of so-called 'Twi-hards' who have clogged the venue since early this week, camping out in a tent city. Up to 9,000 people were issued wristbands for a chance to attend the film. At least 550 early birds were ensured a spot along the red carpet, which was black for the occasion.
The blockbuster opens in Ireland next Wednesday.