The Forsaken (2001)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  27 April 2001 (USA)
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A young man gets embroiled in a war against vampires.



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Sean is driving cross-country to deliver a vintage Mercedes and attend his sister's wedding when he picks up hitchhiker Nick, who just happens to be a vampire hunter, tracking down a group of youthful vampires who feed on unwary travelers. They run into Megan, who has been left for dead by the vampires. As they use her as a lure for the vampires, Sean becomes attracted to her. After Sean is infected with the vampire virus, he, Megan and Nick must race against time to kill the vampire leader Kit to stop Sean from becoming one of the undead. Written by Greg Bulmash <>

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The night... has an appetite.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Forsaken: Desert Vampires  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,020,159 (USA) (27 April 2001)


$6,755,271 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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Carrie Snodgress's last feature film. See more »


When they are driving through the desert and Sean asks him to throw the beer can out, when he tosses it you can clearly see it is crumpled, but when it hits the cops car its still a smooth can and rolls right off the hood. See more »


Sean: Yea, who gave you the right to play god with her life?
Nick: Hey, this all about survival of the fittest! You don't learn that and you are going to die... or worse...
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Not bad, but not great!
21 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

While most of the reviews were negative, this review is a positive one since I am a sucker (no pun intended) for vampire tales. THE FORSAKEN is a throwback to such 1980s classics as THE LOST BOYS, NEAR DARK, and THE HITCHER. While it's not nearly as good as those three flicks, it certainly is an interesting and occasionally intriguing picture. Unlike most teen horror films that have come out in the past five years, it is smart, original, and is actually scary at times. It's a fun horror movie that isn't perfect, yet still worth watching for its somewhat new take on the vampire tale. However, one can't help but get the feeling that THE FORSAKEN could have been so much more and it might have been had it not been heavily edited before its release due to the political climate at the time. Something tells me prior to being edited to death by the studio, THE FORSAKEN was something special. There are moments where one can see a better movie in the mix. Hopefully one day there will be a director's cut so audiences can see what J.S. Cardone originally intended the film to be like. I give it 5/10. It's not bad, though it's not great.

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