Sunday, August 08, 2010
First released: 2009
Action and Horror – they are two genres that fail to mix to a degree, though there are some rather good films that have tried. The problem is that if you have great big guns or super flashy blades then the bad guys seem less scary than perhaps they should. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with action films but they do seem, to me, to be a genre of their own.
This, then, is clearly much more the action movie than it is horror and is a vehicle for relative newcomer Michael Matthias, a Vin Diesel-esque (though that might be the bald look) action hero, as ex-Navy Seal Shawn Black.
It begins with him and Lena (Rachelle Leah) in a truck. She has a cut to her face and cannot believe that they killed *her* – her being Lena’s friend Jenny (Madison Weidberg) , we see a flash of a vampire killing Jenny. A female vampire launches at a side window and Black shoots her off. He makes Lena take the wheel and tells her to keep the rig moving as he climbs outside and starts blasting at a convoy of pursuing vehicles. All is well until the lorry jackknives.
Soul’s Midnight). He then goes find Tagg (driving his father’s Shelby super-snake). For his trouble he is grabbed and beaten before being dragged to where Tagg is being tortured. A female vampire smells slayer… oh yes she does.
Black manages to kill the human captors and then shoot her. Tagg has to shoot her again to make sure and starts to tell him about vampires. They are solitary predators but every 100 to 200 years a King vampire is born, hatched from the soul of a valiant warrior killed in battle and he will lead an army of vampires – his name is Cain (Vinnie Jones). Black has to go find Father Roy (Michael Madsen, Bloodrayne and Vampires Anonymous). En route he meets, briefly, Lena and Jenny – just to establish a connection.
The film doesn’t go anywhere and doesn't really add anything to the genre. It blows its main set-piece, the truck chase (which contains the coffins, in case you were wondering), in the opening sequence and they clearly decided the Shelby was way too nice (or expensive) to use in any of the action sequences. The vampire lore was minimal and sidestepped as much as possible for the sake of action and all in all I’m probably being generous suggesting 4 out of 10 but every time Madsen appeared he just kept raising the film for me, so blame him!
The imdb page is here.