A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise.
Where does love and lust lead you...if you never die? What destiny awaits an immortal? Is there a destination for immortal love and lust? Shigenori Takechi of IZO incorporated these ... See full summary »
A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.
Cedric the Entertainer plays Jake, a seemingly regular guy who has no idea who he is after being hit over the head by mysterious assailants; when he finds himself entangled in a government ... See full summary »
Cedric the Entertainer,
A love story set in the shadow of the shipyards of San Francisco. A young woman (June) living with her much adored uncle Henry and domineering, abusive father (Murry), meets a penniless ... See full summary »
Brad William Henke,
When Sunny's life is crumbling before him, his girl leaves him, he parties too much, and his Hollywood rap career is fizzling out. He decides to search on the internet for answers. ... See full summary »
The snoopy reporter Sadie Blake is called by her nerd colleague Ethan Mills that has deciphered a code and found an address in Koreatown from information of the Goth Tricia Rawlins about a bloody cult. Sadie does not give attention to Ethan, but when she sees on the front page of the news that Tricia has been found dead in a dumpster in Koreatown, she decides to visit the address. She finds an abandoned house with a gruesome basement full of blood and she immediately drives to Ethan's apartment. She finds the place in a complete mess and is abducted by a stranger and taken to Bishop, who wants to know what Tricia has told her. Then, Bishop and his mate Eve kill Sadie and they have a necrophilic threesome with her body. Later, Sadie awakes in the freezer of the morgue and sooner she realizes that she is a vampire and promises revenge to her sire. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The word 'vampire' is never spoken during the film. See more »
When Det. Rawlins is in the hotel with Sadie, he remarks about her fast regeneration process after her back heals almost immediately from being shot. Later, when he lifts her off the meat hook to save her, she still has her foot injury from the stabbing by Poe sometime earlier. See more »
Written by Jonathan Hylander, Raymond Gurrola, Sean Johnson and Joseph Hylander
Performed by E>K>U>K
Published by JWCT Songs
Courtesy of Pulse Recording
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If you like this type of movie - the action/horror hybrid - Rise (Blood Hunter) is well worth a look. But if you also happen to appreciate the slightly skewed Sebastian Gutierrez perspective - from such films as Women in Trouble, or Snakes on a Plane - Rise becomes a must-see.
Yes, the story is largely predictable. This is a formula film. But Gutierrez brings his own syncopated style to the formula. All the beats are there, but they're just a little off the usual rhythm. The characters are just a bit different than you expect, just a bit more human. And the story unwinds in just a slightly different way than you'd expect - even though it does reach a familiar destination.
Along the way, there are some really nice performances. Lucy Liu, whom I've NEVER previously liked, is amazingly subdued and sympathetic. Carla Gugino is excellent as usual, and almost unrecognizable as a cynical vampire. And Michael Chiklis is particularly likable as the tough-guy cop. (You may have seen him before as the Thing, one of the few bright elements in the two mediocre Fantastic Four movies.)
Rise is a film that's scary, gory, energetic, yet also somehow intellectual on some existential level. Not everyone will get that, but Gutierrez fans will. This is very much a 'vampire noir' - a film that elevates a familiar dark formula with its own uniquely mythic style.
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