This week, Eclipse, the latest installment in the Twilight saga, arrives in theaters. Like its predecessors, the film combines monster mythology with good old-fashioned romance, and like all good film series, it continues to build drama and suspense as the stakes – both emotional and physical – continue to rise. Cinematical recently spoke with members of the cast and crew, including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Peter Facinelli, and director David Slade, at the film's Los Angeles press day, where they offered new insights and observations about the series' continued success.

In lieu of a litany of individual interviews, we've compiled a collection of choice quotes from the above actors and filmmakers. Not only do they offer interesting information to longtime fans about the highly-anticipated film, but they provide a few reasons why even newcomers to the franchise will find its twists and turns too tempting to resist.