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Against the Dark -- Katana master Tao (Steven Seagal) leads a special ops squadron on a massacre mission, their target: vampires.

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Writer:
Mathew Klickstein (written by)
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Release Date:
10 February 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He lives by the sword. They will die by it.
Plot:
When most of the population of Earth is infected with a virus and transformed into flesh eaters and blood drinking creatures... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Seagal against zombie vampires! Worst movie idea of the decade! See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Steven Seagal ... Tao

Tanoai Reed ... Tagart

Jenna Harrison ... Dorothy

Danny Midwinter ... Morgan
Emma Catherwood ... Amelia

Stephen Hagan ... Ricky
Daniel Percival ... Dylan

Skye Bennett ... Charlotte
Tania Dobre ... Attendant #1
Mihaela Constantin ... Attendant #2

Linden Ashby ... Cross

Keith David ... Lt. Waters

Clay Donahue Fontenot ... Harrington

Stephen Haynes ... Soldier
Stefan Iancu ... Young Boy
Mihaela Elena Oros ... Young Woman (as Mihaela Oros)
Claudiu Bleont ... Surgeon
Andreea Ungureanu ... Sophie
Dan Chiriac ... Cadaverous Man (as Dann Chiriac)
Meda Andreea Victor ... Woman Filing Teeth (as Meda Victor)
Bogdan Farkas ... Tall Zombie
Anatoli Ciumac ... Huge Zombie (as Anatonli Ciumac)
Florian Ciprian ... Zombie (as Ciprian Florian)
Mihai Ungureanu ... Zombie
Bujor Macrin ... Zombie
Daniel Pisica ... Zombie
Dian Hristov ... Zombie (as Dyian Hristov)
Coca Zibilianu ... Naked Woman (as Coca Zibileanu)

Alin Olteanu ... Tao Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ethan Stone ... Soldier

Jeff Chase ... Granade Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Crudo 
 
Writing credits
Mathew Klickstein (written by)

Produced by
Robert Crippen .... associate producer
Binh Dang .... co-executive producer
Phillip B. Goldfine .... producer
Joe Halpin .... co-executive producer
Tore Knos .... co-producer
Vlad Paunescu .... co-producer
Benjamin Sacks .... line producer
Steven Seagal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip White 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Trautvetter 
 
Film Editing by
Tim Silano 
 
Casting by
Jeff Gerrard 
Sue Jones 
 
Production Design by
Serban Porupca 
 
Art Direction by
Vlad Roseanu 
 
Set Decoration by
Gina Stancu 
 
Costume Design by
Ana Maria Cucu 
 
Makeup Department
David Atherton .... hair stylist: Steven Seagal
David Atherton .... makeup artist: Mr. Seagal
Daniela Busoiu .... key makeup artist
Letitia Ghenea .... key hair stylist
Adelina Handuri .... hair stylist (as Adelina Popa)
Iulia Roseanu .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dickey Beer .... second unit director
Larisa Busuioc .... second second assistant director
Hany El-Sayed .... third assistant director
G. Peter King .... second unit director
Ovi Morariu .... first assistant director: second unit
Ovi Morariu .... second assistant director
Maria Nita .... second assistant director
Brian O'Sullivan .... first assistant director: additional photography
Stefan Petcu .... local first assistant director
 
Art Department
Viorel Ghenea .... property master
Eugen Marinescu .... assistant property master
Iasar Memedali .... buyer
Serban Rotariu .... assistant art director
Eusebiu Sirbu .... scenic artist
David Nicholson .... set dresser: reshoots (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Zac Anderson .... foley editor
Steven Avila .... sound designer
Caleb Easter .... sound editor
Kathleen Edwards .... additional adr assistant
Rik Elliott .... adr mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Peter D. Lago .... supervising sound effects editor
Doug Latislaw .... adr mixer
Maggie Malyn .... post sound coordinator
Tom Marks .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Alexander Pugh .... sound effects editor
Jason Shaffer .... sound effects editor
Bryon Speller .... dialogue editor
Kyle Tilbury .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Utt .... assistant sound editor
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Skip Williams .... dialogue editor
Brian S.M. Wroth .... adr & dialogue supervisor
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Melania Ciurlin .... special makeup effects
Lucian Iordache .... special effects supervisor
Ionel Popa .... special makeup effects designer
 
Visual Effects by
David Van Woert .... digital compositor
David Van Woert .... visual effects producer
Leo Vezzali .... digital compositor
Leo Vezzali .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Vasile Albinet .... stunt performer
Roxana Andronescu .... stunt performer
Florin Barcun .... stunt performer
Florin Barcun .... stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunt coordinator
Gabi Burlacu .... stunt coordinator
Gabi Burlacu .... stunt double: Morgan
Florian Ciprian .... stunt performer
Mihai Danciu .... stunts
Cincan Daniel .... stunt performer
Doru Dumitrescu .... stunts
Marius Florian .... stunt performer
Razvan Gheorghiu .... stunt performer
Jason Gray .... stunts
Vlad Iacob .... stunt performer
Mihai Iliescu .... stunts: zombie
Mihai Ionita .... stunt performer
Karin Justman .... stunts
Bill Leaman .... stunt rigger
John Maldea .... stunt performer
Rene Mousseux .... stunt coordinator: LA Unit
Radoslav Parvanov .... stunts
Daniel Pasleaga .... stunt performer
Daniel Pisica .... stunts
Carmen Preda .... stunt performer
Doru Raceala .... stunt cars coordinator
Jean Paul Ruggiero .... stunts
Con Schell .... stunts
Florin Stancu .... stunt actor: zombie
Nicolae Stoica .... stunts
Valeriu Tomescu .... stunt performer
Maria-Antoaneta Tudor .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolae Alexandru .... electrician (as Alexandru Nicolae)
Toni Cartu .... camera operator
Calin Catalin .... gaffer
Nicolae Chiosea .... generator operator (as Nicu Chiosea)
Eugen Dumitru .... dolly grip
Cristi Grosu .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Cristinel Grosu)
Robert Hayes .... director of photography: additional filming
Florin Ilinca .... second assistant: "a" camera
Adrian Iurchevici .... video assist operator
Laurentiu Ivan .... clapper
Laurentiu Ivan .... second assistant camera
Gabriel Kosuth .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Lewis .... chief lighting technician: pick ups
Christina Lewis .... best boy electric: pick ups (as Christina Christensen)
Stefan Mangar .... Steadicam operator
Merav Maroody .... still photographer
Cristi Onutu .... second assistant:
Ionut Perianu .... first assistant: "b" camera
Victor Petre .... camera loader
Liviu Pojoni Jr. .... camera operator
Sandu Polu .... best boy grip
William Scalzo .... electrician: pick ups
Petre Surugiu .... generator operator (as Bebe Surugiu)
Nelu Tincea .... grip
Sorin Udrea .... key grip
Gelu Vasilescu .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Ciobanu .... costume assistant
Alina Dan .... costume assistant
Oana Draghici .... costume supervisor
Carmen Ilie .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Eunice Choi .... post-production coordinator
Robert Stambler .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Ed Adams .... transportation captain
Toni Anton .... driver
Vali Anton .... driver
Marius Badea .... driver
Dragos Barbacioru .... driver
Florin Ilinca .... driver
Mihai Mihai .... driver
Andrei Pataki .... driver
Cristian Peagu .... driver
Aurel Pongaru .... driver
Doru Raceala .... picture vehicles coordinator
Tony Ruiz .... transportation coordinator
Mircea Stanescu .... driver
Marian Stefan .... driver
Dan Trica .... mechanic
Octav Tudor .... driver
 
Other crew
Marian Alexandru .... assistant location manager
Ileana Barbuluscu .... assistant: Mr. Seagal
Doran Chandler .... production lawyer
Claudia Clima .... key set production assistant (as Claudia Chima)
Zamfir Cornel .... production assistant
Cosmin Cucu .... set production assistant
Cristina Ivan .... office production assistant
Anca Laslu .... office production assistant
Tientan Ling .... assistant: Mr. Dang (as Tientan)
Dorin Mercea .... customs liaison (as Dori Mercea)
Lavinia Mercea .... production accountant
Marian Olaru .... catering assistant
Stefan Petcu .... set production assistant
Alexandra Popescu .... assistant production accountant
Cornelia Stefan .... script supervisor
Bogdan Stefanescu .... location manager
Katherine Swanson .... production accountant
Ioana Teodorescu .... production secretary
Oana Topliceanu .... production coordinator
David E. Van Houten .... publicist
Liliana Voicu .... catering chef
 

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94 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
WILHELM SCREAM: Very faintly heard when Tao (Steven Seagal) throws a vampire through a wall near the end of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The aircraft that take off and maneuver to bomb the target are F-15, but when there are some close-ups while pilots are communicating with the ground, camera shows the nose of a F-16.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Amelia:[voice-over] Once the infection hit, there was little time to react.
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33 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Seagal against zombie vampires! Worst movie idea of the decade!, 6 March 2009
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

I have noticed that some people are glad to see Steven Seagal move his career in a slightly new direction by leaving behind his traditional style of roles in favor of something of a vampire hunter in his new film Against the Dark (or "Last Night," depending on whether you're looking at the cover box or watching the cast and crew interviews), in which he is the leader of a small group of people who stalk through the night dispatching the vampires that the entirety of the human race have transformed into as a result of a viral epidemic.

Really? Someone was glad about this? Seagal has been one of my guilty pleasures for almost 20 years now, and while the vast majority of his movies are undeniably awful, there is always an element of fun in them that manages to come through even the stupidest story lines, but not this time. There isn't even any of Seagal's traditional style of ass-kicking prowess to be had here, he just walks through dark hallways occasionally hacking vampires to death.

Oh, and don't get me started on the vampires. The movie was written by a Mathew Klickstein, whose work displays a massive lack of even the slightest bit of writing talent. The movie begins with the explanation that a virus wiped out nearly all of mankind and that there were no vaccines and no immunity. Minutes later, a voice-over explains that "some of the wounded were immune, others just changed."

Nice. I like the narrative consistency. Later, after meeting several examples of what the human race have transformed into, one character explains, "Everyone thinks they're vampires, but they're not. They're mutants."

Is this for real? Vampires. Does anyone think these things are vampires? These are typical, badly performed zombies straight out of any cheap zombie movie. To suggest that they are vampires is to display a spectacular lack of understanding of one of the most basic tenets of horror movie lore. Vampires, among other things, drink blood. They don't tear out entrails in mindless feeding frenzies.

In one scene, one of the "vampires" tells one of the uninfected characters something like this, "We have evolved. We think, we talk, we plan…"

Yeah, but we know all about our evolutionary history, but we don't understand that we're zombies, not vampires. Consider, for example, Brad Pitt's and Tom Cruise's brilliant vampire performances in Interview with the Vampire, an immeasurably better movie. They are educated, they're philosophical, they radiate class and style. To say that the things in Against the Dark have evolved from them is quite a statement indeed. So let's just refer to the creatures by what they really are, shall we?

Steven Seagal's first line in the movie, by the way, comes after he and his team rush on screen and cut up a bunch of zombies that are closing in on a young boy. After killing all of them, Seagal says, "We're not here to decide what's right or wrong, we're here to decide who lives and dies."

What does that even mean? It doesn't matter, the entire script is stupendously dumb, and the movie reduces the destruction of all of mankind to a handful of people wandering around a darkened hospital trying to avoid getting eaten while they wait for Seagal and his crew to come save them. The United States Military, headed by Keith David (the movie's one completely wasted talent), waits outside for Seagal to do all the hard stuff.

If you were to make the sad mistake of watching this thing, I would actually recommend watching the extra feature on the DVD that talks about the making of the movie. Sometimes these making-of featurettes can be helpful in slightly changing your opinion of a bad movie, but in this case it is more interesting than the movie itself just to watch how completely deluded everyone seems to have been in making it. I can't understand how anyone at any moment of production could have tricked themselves into thinking that they weren't making a spectacularly bad movie, but they did it, man. They really believed they were onto something with this mess. Miss it!

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