"Remember that living forever thing? It's just not you." OK episode.
Blade: The Series: Hunters starts at a metal club called Brash where a young attractive girl named Jennifer (Melanie Papalia) is kidnapped along with Nikki (Katharine Horsman) one of the waitresses by Kurt (Dominic Zamprogna) the human familiar of a sadistic disfigured Vampire known as the White Prince (Scott Heindl) who has a liking for torturing young girls. Meanwhile Blade (Sticky Fingaz) is having some trouble with his Vampire informant Krista (Jill Wagner) but decides to look into the disappearance of Nikki after her sister Bethany (Lauren Lee Smith) contacts Blade's sidekick Shen (Nelson lee) for help, Blade goes about his work in his usual style which means if he doesn't get what he wants people get hurt...
This was episode 10 from season 1 of the made-for-TV Blade: The Series, directed by Brad Turner I thought Hunters was OK but nothing special. The script by Geoff Johns isn't anything inspirational & feels too routine & uninspired for my liking with Blade chasing yet another Vampire which ends up in a climatic fight where Blade triumphs so in that respect you could say it's a touch predictable. Then there's the fact since these are 45 minute bite sized chunks it's difficult to build much momentum up although there are a couple of other plot threads which clearly run throughout the series so if you watch Hunters in isolation there may be the odd part here & there which doesn't seem to make much sense. Worth a watch but it won't change your life.
There are a few decent scenes here, the parts where the White prince has Nikki tided up & then makes her watch videos of him torturing Jennifer are quite sleazy & his mask of human skin complete with human teeth still attached around the mouth reminds me of Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films & is quite gross. Unfortunately this is pretty tame, just when you think something nasty might happen it chickens out, the fights are OK but not particularly exciting or extravagant. The only real gore is when someone slices their own hand with a cutthroat razor & when someone has their jaw ripped off. It's generally well made for what it is but it's obvious things had to be scaled down from the films.
Hunters is an OK way to pass 45 minutes, it's slick enough, it has some fights, a bit of gore & a good looking cast but I'd still rather watch one of the films again.
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