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This Darkness: The Vampire Virus (2003)

When world-famous genetic engineer Dr. Van Helsing discovers the secret to immortality, his world is ravaged by true-blood vampires. The Lord of the Undead makes a pact with the young ... See full summary »

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David Everritt ...
Tarquin the Vampire
Jenevieve Frank ...
Rally
Amanda Cook ...
Dr. Mary Kmai
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Dr. Bob
Son Nguyen ...
FBI Agent Sean Nguyen
Dylan O'Leary ...
John McLeod ...
Ronder
Ron Little ...
Master Little
Eli Born ...
Eli
Tony Malachi ...
Tony
Mitch Roberts ...
Dean Jones
Terry Prewitt ...
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Rachel Barevich
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Amanda (as Amanda Ratchford)
Carley Quina ...
Carley
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When world-famous genetic engineer Dr. Van Helsing discovers the secret to immortality, his world is ravaged by true-blood vampires. The Lord of the Undead makes a pact with the young doctor: "Make a bride for me, one as perfect as I, and I shall show you wonders this world has never seen." Shadows haunt the doctor, when a hot young student enters his lab and the line between ethics and curiosity are crossed. As bloodshed fills the halls, the battle between Good and Evil begins. Should he believe the promises of the vampire or is he creating another Anti-Christ? Written by Brain Damage Films

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The Immortal Struggle

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8 April 2003 (USA)  »

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When Master Little tosses Van on the mat, he lands on a thick red one. When he gets up however he is on a thin blue mat. See more »

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two hours of biology jargon and vampires, more the former than the latter
4 October 2006 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

This is the second longest shot-on-video vampire movie distributed by Brain Damage Films I've seen, falling behind Strange Things Happen at Sundown (2003) (V); as with that one I eventually had to hit the forward scan button, I just had to: honest. Brain Damage - they're not kidding!

Anyway, it suffers from widely varying quality of video. Overall, it's underlit. Some consumer videocameras simply aren't made to shoot in low light or at nighttime, rendering a lot of the picture a fuzzy black. For some reason, even some of the well-lit scenes are dim, such as some of the beach scenes; I don't know why that is - poor white balance?

After some deaths in the opening scene, we're returned to two days earlier (it must have been more than that?). Dr. Van Helsing ("Van" or "Dr. V.") is lecturing a class about DNA. He's doing some kind of research that the school and the government is interested in, but he's dodging their investigations. Another doctor that he brings in on the project becomes a love interest, and a mysterious student auditing the class becomes a lust interest.

Meanwhile, there's also a young kid who wants to earn enough money to buy a surfboard, whose friend gets eaten in a public restroom by some goth vampires who aren't afraid of the light or the diseases you might catch by licking the floor of a public restroom clean.

Add to that the drama of who got credited and who didn't, and the mystery of why none of them added the credits to the IMDb themselves, and you've got two hours of video. In fairness, I did laugh at some of the stuff I was supposed to laugh at, and the director can handle a butterfly knife pretty well (though seeing the same routine twice was a bit much).


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