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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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It's an alright film, nothing special, nothing scary, just wanna be Lost Boys in the hot deserts See more (132 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
F.J. Flynn ... Hoot
Beth Ann Styne ... Garage Woman

Bert Emmett ... Desk Clerk

A.J. Buckley ... Mike

Julia Schultz ... Blonde
Tony Pierce ... Mechanic

James Marsh ... Mitch (as Jamie Marsh)

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:MA | 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)
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Did You Know?

Johnathon Schaech was terrified of the snake he had to play with.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 »
Cym:Look, I don't know why you can't just let this girl go.
Kit:Never mind that and just keep driving.
Cym:Well, why do you have to keep pursuing her.
Kit:It's unfinished business.
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
It's an alright film, nothing special, nothing scary, just wanna be Lost Boys in the hot deserts, 13 August 2001
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

Gosh, I remember seeing this movie when it was released in the theaters, a friend from school and I both are just the biggest vampire movie fans you'll meet. You name the vampire movie, I've probably seen it or at least have heard of it. So we naturally saw the trailer for The Forsaken and didn't even hesitate to see this movie, it just looked so awesome. Ever since The Lost Boys, we haven't had a really good teenage vampire movie that could be a new classic for my generation… well, sadly this failed. Now honestly it's not a horrible movie, but it just didn't thrill me. The story isn't anything special and the cast is pretty forgettable, I'm not digging the "make up" effects they had considering these "vampires" didn't have any fangs at all, but I didn't feel like my time was totally wasted.

Sean is driving cross country to his sister's wedding when he picks up Nick, a hitchhiker who happens to be a vampire hunter hunting a group of vampires led by Kit, one of the Forsaken. The Forsaken are a group of French Knights that during the First Crusade made a pact with the demon Abbadon to live forever. Nick was bitten by a vampire but thanks to a drug cocktail the vampire virus is kept at bay. Nick is hunting this particular Forsaken: he believes him to be the one that his strain of the vampire virus is descended from and that if he kills him he will not eventually turn into a vampire. At first Sean is less than willing to indulge his new acquaintance, but then they find Megan, a girl Sean finds he is attracted to, bitten and left for dead by the vampires. Nick also proves he is telling the truth by killing a vampire, Teddy, by exposure to sunlight. When Sean is infected with the vampire virus, their only hope is to kill the vampire leader before it is too late.

The Forsaken is just alright movie, the reason I say that it didn't totally waste my time is because it did have a couple good scenes here and there. I thought that the scene where the guys and the girl go to the hotel room to find out if the girl was bitten by a vampire and get some sleep, then they see the vampires go into the room across from them was pretty intense. The vampires of the movie were pretty decent as villains, but Simon Rex as this sort of updated retarded Reinfield, it's like if Reinfield and Forrest Gump had a child, it'd be Simon Rex and he just didn't get enough character development for us to care at all about him. There are still things that need to be fixed with the script, but I wouldn't say this is a horrible movie, I would just say that you shouldn't go out of your way to see it.


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