TWILIGHT film fans sank their teeth into an 11-hour ‘twiathlon’ screening of the vampire movies to celebrate the release of the final film in the saga at Cineworld Sheffield.
It was more than a graveyard shift for die-hard fans, known as Twi-hards. Around 600 of them booked to watch all four previous films, in a dusk to dawn screening, from 3pm.
And over 1,000 cinema-goers turned out for a midnight IMAX showing of final offering Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2.
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The fang-tastic attraction has Robert Pattinson as hunky vampire Edward Cullen, pin-up Taylor Lautner as werewolf Jacob Black, and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan.
Single mum Kelly Pickersgill, aged 25, of Barnsley, said: “I’m here for the lot, all 11 hours, because it’s absolutely fantastic and Edward Cullen is going to be on the screen. We’ve been waiting since last November. I’ve already pre-ordered it on DVD.”
Pal Laura-Jane Bristowe, 22, who turned up wearing the movie T-shirt, said: “I’m obsessed. I’ve had my tickets for about two months.”
Alex Harris, 17, of Rotherham, said: “I’m here to see Taylor, who plays Jacob Black. I love all the films.”
Amy Egginton, 25, also Rotherham, said: “I’m a really cheesy Twilight fan and it’s going to be epic. I’ve taken two days off work to see all the films so I’m definitely going to stay awake. It’s romance and action all in one.”
“I’m definitely going to stay awake.
“It’s epic, it’s romance and action all in one, that anyone can like.”
Rhona Barker, 22, of Thurnscoe, added: “I’m here because it’s a really good film and I enjoy watching them with friends. It’s the best thing I can think of to do. I’ve seen all the films before. But it’s the first time I’ve see Twilight on the big screen.
“I’ve heard the film ending is different to the book. It probably won’t be the last time I see it.”
Paul Plant, Operations manager at Cineworld Sheffield, said: “We’ve had a very big response to the marathon screening - two screens sold out and hundred of people looking forward to theis twi-athalon. It ends with the last in the series. Fans are not sure what to expect. The anticipation is phenomenal and there’s a big cult following, especially for the two male leads - with fans of Jacob or Edward.
“Some people are coming back to see the whole series again.
“The last film in the series is the first time ever it’s been shown on the IMAX screen. It’s going to be bigger and better than anything fans have ever seen before. People need to book early. The demand to see this has been phenomenal and we’re going to be using around eight screens.”
Pattinson told frenzied fans, at the premiere in London’s Leicester Square, that the saga had “changed everything” about his life.
The arrival of the British actor and his co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner was greeted with wild screaming and cheering from thousands of ‘Twi-hards’.
“For me it’s changed everything about my life. I don’t even think I’d be acting if I wasn’t doing this, or if I hadn’t done the first one,” he said.
“It’s crazy. The character and the whole experience combined for me.
“It’s definitely really created something which connects to people on a very fundamental level, it’s like primal.”
He joked the fans must have a “mental disorder” to camp out in the cold but said it was “really nice” that they had stuck around, especially after five years of the films.
He said: “It’s very, very, very cold and I don’t understand what kind of mental disorder you have.”
Stewart, 22, said: “This is weird, right? I don’t know. I’m so happy that every single bit of the story is done.
“Usually we’re at one of these premieres going, I don’t know, you can’t really feel it because you’re not done. You’re a little desensitised by it all because you have another one coming up.
“This time it’s a trip, it is weird.”
Meanwhile, Lautner, 20, said the director calling the final cut on his final scene was an emotional moment for all involved.
“My last scene was the slow dance scene between Jacob and Bella. It was an emotional time for all of us.”
He also refused to settle the fierce debate among Twi-hards, who divide themselves into ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’ camps, in reference to the love triangle at the centre of the saga.
Asked if Bella made the right decision, Lautner said: “To be honest, I don’t think she could have gone wrong either way - Jacob and Edward couldn’t be more different.
“So yeah, I think she made the right choice but I don’t think she would have made the wrong choice if she went with Jacob.”
* For more information and to book tickets at Cineworld Sheffield visit cineworld.co.uk.