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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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  (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

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: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)
Filming Locations:

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 »
Kit:Come to daddy, boys!See more »
Movie Connections:
Hold Out Your HandSee more »


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27 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
an older user's review, 3 May 2001
Author: Patrick-147

SUMMARY: B-movie. Men under 30 who consider themselves outsiders will dig this road trip to Hell. Others, pick another film.

WHY I SAW IT: I'm too old for this film, but the young ladies in my local "Roswell" fan club wanted to see Brenden Fehr ("Roswell", "Final Destination") and Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek", "Final Destination"). WB fans, watch for the cameo by Sara Downing ("Courtney Banks" on "Roswell" and star of the upcoming TV series "Dead Last").

THE STORY: Ambitious, dutiful Sean is paid to drive a Mercedes sports car from L.A. to Miami. In this road movie, he encounters quirky characters in the deserts, canyons and plains of the Southwest. The pace picks up when he meets cynical slacker Nick and they rescue traumatized beauty Megan. The reluctant alliance of these mismatched people anchors the story as events go from disturbing to terrifying.

IDEA CONTENT: None of the common Hollywood refusal to recognize evil as writer/director J.S.Cardone pits ordinary guys against vampires who once were human cowards who "saved their lives" by becoming demons. Even more loathsome are the human criminals who serve the vampires and disguise their crimes as those of serial killers. News-junkies will be reminded of American and Russian politicians who pose as friends of the common people. With their organized-crime partners, they trash the economy and society while putting the blame on "selfish consumers" and "greedy businessmen". Those who know mythology will recognize the classic sequence of Ominous Foreshadowing, Leaving Home, Wilderness Journey, Crisis of Decision, the Mighty Action, and Personal Transformation.

ESTHETICS: Slightly-flawed, down-to-earth script skillfully alternates horror with humor, terror with sexiness. Well-chosen music. Several beautiful actresses.

DIRECTION: Downplays charisma in favor of realistic performances from well-cast actors.

EDITING: Muffled sound in one scene. Well-paced, well-cut action. The night chase by two carloads of vampires stands out.

WHY IT'S RATED "R": Four-letter words. Topless and nude starlets. Merciless bloody violence, not graphic enough for the splatterfans.

MY VOTE: For this subgenre and intended audience, 8 on a scale of 10.

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