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I would recommend this DVD to anyone attending film school, or planning to make their own movies on very little. For a budget of $500K the talents of Victoria Pratt, Jason Connery and Coolio can be shown off to advantage by keeping down the number of locations and sets, minimising expensive FX and spending time (the least expensive component before the cameras start rolling) on sorting out the structure, characterisation and story of your script. Shoot direct on High Definition video, with rented quality lenses and then edit with a feel for rhythm and pace and you'll (maybe) produce something as good as this horror-flick. You get hints of the world around, of a greater story, but mostly it is a claustrophobic action picture that makes your pulse race as you fear what will happen to the heroine/hero next. A very good piece of work - don't expect every great film to be "Gone With The Wind" high drama or "Star Trek" spectacular.
I tend to be attracted to any movie featuring Sid Haig (The Devil's
Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses). Add vampire to the theme and you have
This isn't a traditional vampire tale, but more a film noir thriller where a group of vampire hunters is seeking the brother of a rich CEO (William Snow). The brother was bitten in Romania. Meanwhile, the vampires themselves are hunting the same brother to prevent the resurrection of "Vlad Bossei" a super-vampire who lived in the 12th century.
There film is definitely nonlinear as we jump from today, where Carrie (Pratt) is a captive of Pashek (Haig) and Fork (Wes Ramsey); to yesterday, where they are trying to get information out of Stanis (Ken Foree - Rob Zombie's Halloween, The Devil's Rejects); to last week to get the full story.
Victoria Pratt ("Mutant X", Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep) is the leader of the vampire hunters, and does a very good job in this film. I also enjoyed Wes Ramsey's performance.
The twist at the end screams sequel.
Seriously, it seems that anyone with a bottle of catsup and a pair of
wax fangs thinks he can make a vampire movie, which is why most of them
are so bad.
This movie was better than most in terms of plot and storytelling. A group of vampire hunters is seeking the brother of a rich CEO who was bitten in Romania. Meanwhile, the vampires themselves are hunting the same brother to prevent the resurrection of "Vlad Bossei" a super-vampire who lived in the 12th century.
There are all sorts of twists, turns, double-takes, and some of them don't really make sense, but the movie is fun for what it is, and the actors actually look like they are trying.
granted, this movie has a very clever ending. yet the other 90% of it
simply left me scratching my head. not that i can never think while
watching a movie, but a movie this convoluted needs a map or something.
The unnecessary complexities in the plot are mostly red herrings
designed merely to confuse. But the casting I like. There's at least
some good actors who can pull it off.
Well, at least the young directors showed precocious talent: *brotherhood of blood* cost a mere $100,000 to make but looks like it cost 5-times that figure. It's nice to see directors make the most of meager resources.
While most mysteries try to shock you too often with twists and even
more twists, it turns out to be overkill. This film encompassed such
ideas with flair, originality an an intelligent script.
That being said, there were parts of it that were pleasantly surprising. I was happy to see Victoria Pratt in this movie, because I think the is a good, if not merely decent, actress with actual emotion behind her lines, which is lacking in a lot of horror. Also, I felt that there was a decent amount of chemistry between her and the young vampire. Maybe not enough for an Emmy, but for a horror movie it was pleasantly surprising.
This movie stars Sid Haig & Ken Koree (Dawn of the Dead). The lead
actress is very attractive and the outfits she wears is really the only
thing that makes this movie even barely watchable. I watched this movie
with several men and women who are big fans of horror movies and nobody
liked it at all. I had to try and not fall asleep a few times. The main
problem is that the movie is too talky, and almost all the scenes are
shot in a small room. The sets are flimsy, and you can see the steel
door and entire wall buckle when someone pounds on the wall.
I did not realize that Jason Connery (son of the legend Sean Connery) was in the movie until after I watched it. He is one of the good guys, the only one with a British accent. He is pretty good in this but he is not in it very much. Sid Haig is pretty creepy and Ken Foree is fun, but the movie really blows. I was shocked to see that this movie had an average of 5.0 on a 10.0 scale on IMDb. I don't know what the other people were thinking of when they saw this. The movie has the feel of one of the really low budget Full Moon Charles Band movies shot in Romania. Charles Band made a bunch of excellent movies, but this resembles one of his quickie made turkeys.
I have met Sid Haig and Ken Foree at several horror conventions and they are lots of fun and nice guys. I really like them both and am glad to see that they are still in demand. They both are a big credit to the horror genre. Unfortunately, this movie is really bad and has very little to offer. The lead actress looks sexy and is a good actress. She struts around in tight sleeveless tee shirts, showing off her nice body. If you are looking for a good horror movie, pass on this and look for something else.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Brotherhood of Blood starts near Brazov which is near Romania three
weeks ago as an American building restorer named Christopher Clayton
(Darrin James) & his photographer brother Tom (William Snow) rummage
around an old Church there. Jump to Los Angeles Yesterday Morning where
a Vampire hunter named Carrie Reiger (Victoria Pratt) contacts Tom to
enquire about his brother Chris who has developed symptoms of Vampirism
while in hospital although he seems reluctant to say anything, while
out staking Vampires several hunters have noticed a strange recurring
symbol used by the Vampires for some reason to either attract or repel
evil. Digging deeper Carrie realises that Chris & Tom found something
in that old Romanian Church, something ancient & evil that threatens
both the Vampire & human race of immense power. The only way to stop
this great evil is for Vampires & humans to work together but can an
alliance be formed in time before the ancient prophecy is fulfilled?
Written & directed by Michael Roesch & Peter Scheerer this low budget indie Vampire film tries to be a clever horror reworking of the seminal classic The Usual Suspects (1995) with it's interchanging time lines & the mysterious ultra bad guy Vlad Kossei whose identity & the way it is revealed is very similar to The Usual Suspects, in fact I'm not trying to boast or anything but I guessed the twist ending fairly early on & all in all thought it was quite predictable. The script which takes itself very seriously is passable for what it is (not much), it tries to big the mysterious Vlad Kossei character up so when his identity is revealed it's meant to have some great meaning but did anyone else think that during the final shot of Vlad Kossei walking towards the camera he looked like a dead ringer for Arnold Schwarzenegger from The Terminator (1984)? At just over 80 odd minutes long so at least it's fairly short, although I found the story predictable & dull if you haven't seen The Usual Suspects or have any intelligence then it may surprise you although that's doubtful. The character's are forgettable, no-one is that likable or particularly stands out & why didn't that Vampire played by Ken Foree not tell Carrie & her people what he knew straight away rather than wait, get tortured & let the big bad Vlad Kossei complete his plan?
Obviously filmed on a low budget Brotherhood of Blood doesn't look the best with cheap sets, locations & effects work. The lack of budget probably meant there wasn't any money for CGI computer effects work which is a sort of blessing actually although the lack of budget means there's no money for any other type of effects work. There really isn't a lot of blood or gore here at all, a Vampire has it's finger cut off & it's fangs ripped out, there are a couple of Vampire stakings & some blood splatter but nothing else. I guess the makers wanted to rely on it's story but having ripped the whole tone & feel from The Usual Suspects without being anywhere near as good I found it hard to like Brotherhood of Blood.
Filmed in Los Angeles in California on a supposed budget of about $500,000 Brotherhood of Blood is pretty rough round the edges & looks low budget. The acting is OK, Jason Connery happens to be the son of former James Bond actor Sean Connery while genre regulars Sid Haig & Ken Foree have small roles as Vampires.
Brotherhood of Blood is a low budget indie Vampire horror film that tries to be clever but anyone with any intelligence or has already seen The usual Suspects will not be impressed by it's twist. A lack of blood, nudity & action doesn't help either.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Vampire hunter Carrie Rieger (Pratt) and a small group of helpers infiltrates an industrial building in quest of killing Pashek (Haig) the head of a group of ancient vampires. Two brothers have brought back a long dead Vampire that threatens both Humans and Vampires. All though the story has ambition and tries hard, this movie proves to be unsuccessful due to its limit of budget and some campy performances. Add no jump scares and some cheesy blood and Brotherhood sinks pretty quickly under its own weight. The film makers choose to tell the story cutting back between flashbacks and current time which adds nothing but distraction to the proceedings. The vampire teeth used in this movie are huge and ridiculous looking and are only one step up from those hillbilly teeth you buy in the 25 cent machines at the store.
You ever watch a movie and you keep waiting for something to happen
that made sense? You ever watch a movie with horrible dialogue and
horrible acting, hoping at some point it would get better?
This is one of those movies and, it never gets better. Not all acting is going to be great and not all dialogue is perfect, however in this film, it never got even close to mediocre.
I'm guessing this movie rose out of the vampire genre that was so popular.....Maybe it still is.....and thus, was made, without much thought.
This movie reminded me of "It's ALive" from the 70s. The acting and dialogue were that bad......The only difference was the fake baby in "It's Alive" added campy humor.
The one plus.....The lead actress was pleasant to look at.
As a team of vampire hunters tries to find the hideout of a deadly
clan, a member joins forces with a kidnapped victim's brother to rescue
him from their clutches before he's turned into one of them in order to
lead them to a sacred talisman their leader desires.
Frankly, this one should've been far better than it was, but instead is reduced to a humongous pile of plot confusion and far too much time spent on story lines that have either nothing to do with the main plot or are featured for no reason other than to build up the cast of genre veterans. That seems to be the main problem here, as far too often we have to sit through something that makes no sense as to it's inclusion only because of who's playing the character that finally clues you in to it's inclusion. There's some good gore in here, though, with the deaths being inflicted coming off as pretty gruesome and the action scenes are far more entertaining than they should be, with stand-outs including a frenetic shootout through the main lair as well as the ambush on the hunter's hideout that results in the trapping of one of the main vampires and the subsequent torture for information that's far more brutal than it should be in such an effort, but it's a little confusing and far too much built-for-star-power than it should be.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.
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