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.
After a man finally gets over his former girlfriend, who has moved to Los Angeles and become a television star, and falls in love with another woman, the former girlfriend's show is canceled and she wants him back.
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
Written by Jonathan Hylander, Raymond Gurrola, Sean Johnson and Joseph Hylander
Performed by E>K>U>K
Published by JWCT Songs
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Much better than expected--nice "graphic novel" type genre film
Note: these comments refer to the "unrated" 122 min. cut of the film.
Went into this DVD expecting the worst--lame horror/porn. What a
surprise! It's not only good, it's one of the better of the genre over
the last 10 years or so.
The vampires are never referred to as vampires, it's simply called a
"condition". Typical mythology like mirrors, immortality, drinking
human blood, arrow through the heart, and "daylight problems" still
exist. But these creatures are not super human, their only true gift is
The characters are well designed around the actors who play them. Lucy
Liu plays a reporter looking into "goth" cults and finding more than
she bargained for. Her performance shows some nice range, especially
during the early part of the story during her discovering the truth
about herself. Michael Chiklis plays a tough, vengeful, hard drinking
cop--a role he's perfected. Carla Gugino has a small role as the femme
fatale (surprise, surprise) but gives us a taste of the human being
behind the monster. And long time character actor Mako, in his last
role:(, portrays a disturbing and charming familiar-like character
who's part butler, part mentor. Even Robert Forster shows up for a
cameo, I really wanted more of him in this film. The rest of the cast
works well, no real turkeys here.
The plot is really the weakest link, a typical revenge thriller. But
the out-of-sequence editing (the director's unrated version) is
spot-on. And the production values are quite strong. Writer/director
Sebastian Gutierrez, the guy who wrote "Snakes on a Plane", gives us
cliché-ridden, hokey dialog and we forgive him for it because it's
often tongue-in-cheek funny. The nudity/sex is downplayed, much less of
it here than in the Underworld films. I prefer these less romanticized
versions of vampires, they're creatures who take what they want--love
never factors into it. All in all a good "graphic novel" type
movie--with average substance but great style.
What sucks is that theatrical release was apparently poorly cut, and it
performed badly at the box-office. So the nice set-up for a sequel is
So final verdict--7 out of 10. Better than Underworld 2 and Blade 3.
Underworld and Blade 1 and 2 still trump it, however. A good rental for
genre/Lucy Liu fans.
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