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The Forsaken -- Driving cross-country to deliver a vintage Mercedes, Sean (Kerr Smith) does the one thing he wasn'tsupposed to do - pick up a hitchhiker. He is a hunter, and his prey is a roving band of forsaken youths who feed upon hapless victims found in the dead of night - in a word, vampires.
The Forsaken -- A young man gets embroiled in a war against vampires.


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Writer (WGA):
J.S. Cardone (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2001 (USA) See more »
The night... has an appetite.
A young man gets embroiled in a war against vampires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not bad, but not great! See more (131 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kerr Smith ... Sean

Brendan Fehr ... Nick

Izabella Miko ... Megan

Johnathon Schaech ... Kit

Phina Oruche ... Cym

Simon Rex ... Pen

Carrie Snodgress ... Ina Hamm

Alexis Thorpe ... Teddy
Frederick Flynn ... Hoot (as F.J. Flynn)
Beth Ann Styne ... Garage Woman

Bert Emmett ... Desk Clerk

A.J. Buckley ... Mike

Julia Schultz ... Blonde
Tony Pierce ... Mechanic
Jamie Marsh ... Mitch

Sara Downing ... Julie

Marc Vann ... Decker
Jack Leal ... Bus Driver

James O'Shea ... Racer

Bryan Kirkwood ... Merk
Ryan Shuck ... Pride
Matt Reid ... Dutton
Elizabeth Barondes ... Oat's Diner Waitress

Ed Anders ... Patrolman
Walter A. Johnson ... Mose
Luis Anaya ... Orderly
Jessica R. Butts ... Redhead
Martha Parker ... Nurse

Directed by
J.S. Cardone 
Writing credits
J.S. Cardone (written by)

Produced by
Connie Dolph .... line producer
Scott Einbinder .... producer
Carol Kottenbrook .... producer
Original Music by
Tim Jones 
Johnny Lee Schell 
Cinematography by
Steven Bernstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Norman Buckley 
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
Production Design by
Martina Buckley 
Art Direction by
Trevor Murray 
Costume Design by
Ernesto Martinez 
Makeup Department
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects artist
Brigitte Hennech .... makeup artist
Leah Rial .... key hair stylist
Leah Rial .... key makeup artist
Leah Rial .... makeup department head
Brian Sveum .... special makeup effects technician
Production Management
Connie Dolph .... unit production manager
Giancarlo J. Sini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Cardone .... second unit director
Traci Hershkowitz .... assistant director
Wendy Palmer .... assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director
Dylan Tarason .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Ryan J. Beyer .... on-set dresser
Neil Gahm .... construction foreman
Tom Humphrey .... property master
Terry Kempf .... construction coordinator
Sean Lyons .... painter
Lee Ross .... lead scenic
Sound Department
Harsha First .... boom operator (as Harsha Kraakman)
George Burton Goen II .... sound
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Kamal Humphrey .... boom operator
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Dan Gates .... special effects makeup
Tuck John Porter .... special makeup effects: MBP Inc.
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor
Minerva Adams .... stunts
Ed Anders .... stunt coordinator
John Ashker .... stunt double: Jonathan Scheach
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Gwendolyn Connor .... stunt double
Darrell S. Grimes .... stunts
Kathy Jarvis .... stunt double
Walter A. Johnson .... stunts
Mellonee Morris .... stunts
Sonja Munsterman .... stunts
Ray Pichette .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sammy Beavers .... electrician
Walter Byrnes .... grip
Michael Cardone .... director of photography: second unit
Vidal Cohen .... key grip
David A. Harp .... camera operator
Ted Hayash .... gaffer
Paul Horn .... key first assistant camera
Yuri Karjane .... second assistant camera: second unit (as W. Yuri Karjane)
Mark Laskowski .... first assistant camera: second unit
Brian Lofthouse .... best boy electric
Nikolette Orlandou .... assistant to cinematographer
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Andre Sobczak .... key grip: second unit
Pamela Weese .... electrician
Casting Department
Jennifer Murdocca .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roger J. Forker .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Mistorni .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Matthew Ramsey .... associate editor
Dylan Tarason .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
James Burt .... music editor
Joe Guthrie .... music coordinator
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Michael Stern .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Bruce Callahan .... transportation captain
Don Feeney .... driver: second unit
Shaun Ryan .... driver generator operator
Other crew
Sheri Apap .... animal trainer
Nate Barlow .... production secretary
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Jim Brockett .... animal trainer
Ross Helford .... assistant: Mr. Cardone
John Brian King .... title designer (as Brian King)
Wendy Kutzner .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Lichtenstein .... production coordinator
Dutch Merrick .... armorer
Debbie Pearl .... animal trainer
Thomas L. Phillips .... production assistant
Tuck John Porter .... shop fabricator
Giancarlo J. Sini .... production controller
Amy Smolev .... first assistant accountant (as Amy Fitzer)
Kevin J. Tunell .... director of public and legislative affairs: Yuma County
Ryan Westheimer .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Forsaken: Desert Vampires" - Australia (promotional title), Europe (English title) (alternative title), International (English title) (alternative title), UK (DVD title)
"Vampire Hunter" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and sexuality
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Canadian Home Video Rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (JK/SPIO) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #37930)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Director J.S Cardone, stated that one of the most challenging things he's ever had to face was convincing Izabella Miko, to let a spider crawl up her arm.See more »
Continuity: 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:He's been a very bad boy, Nick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Hold Out Your HandSee more »


What is 'The Forsaken' about?
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, but not great!, 21 June 2001

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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