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The Forsaken (2001)

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A young man gets embroiled in a war against vampires.

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J.S. Cardone

Writer:

J.S. Cardone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerr Smith ... Sean
Brendan Fehr ... Nick
Izabella Miko ... Megan
Johnathon Schaech ... Kit
Phina Oruche ... Cym
Simon Rex ... Pen
Carrie Snodgress ... Ina Hamm
Alexis Thorpe ... Teddy
Frederick Flynn ... Hoot (as F.J. Flynn)
Beth Ann Styne Beth Ann Styne ... Garage Woman
Bert Emmett ... Desk Clerk
A.J. Buckley ... Mike
Julia Schultz ... Blonde
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Mechanic
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ... Mitch
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Storyline

Sean is driving cross-country to deliver a vintage Mercedes and attend his sister's wedding when he picks up hitchhiker Nick, who just happens to be a vampire hunter, tracking down a group of youthful vampires who feed on unwary travelers. They run into Megan, who has been left for dead by the vampires. As they use her as a lure for the vampires, Sean becomes attracted to her. After Sean is infected with the vampire virus, he, Megan and Nick must race against time to kill the vampire leader Kit to stop Sean from becoming one of the undead. Written by Greg Bulmash <greg@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The night... has an appetite.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony/Screen Gems

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forsaken See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,020,159, 29 April 2001

Gross USA:

$7,288,451

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,704,851
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Johnathon Schaech and Director J.S. Cardone later worked on the remake Prom Night (2008). See more »

Goofs

During the final action scene, the constant shots of the sun rising clearly emphasize that it is dawn. Yet when the actors leave the burning house, their shadows are directly below them indicating that it is noon time. See more »

Quotes

Sean: He's been a very bad boy, Nick.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.159 (2009) See more »

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Written by Max Collins and Jon Siebels (as John Siebels)
Performed by Eve 6
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, A Unit of BMG Entertainment
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User Reviews

OK but forgettable desert vampire flick
23 June 2002 | by 35541mSee all my reviews

With a plot heavily indebted to John Carpenter's Vampires and also Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark this is an OK desert vampire movie aimed squarely at the teen market. Surprisingly amount of nudity for an American horror film of this period but all the racy gore scenes are toned down by the use of rapid editing so you can't make out what is going on properly. Vampirism is explicitly associated with AIDS as characters are infected and have to take drugs to delay the "full blown" effects of their bites. Various plot holes abound and some of the exposition is simply laughable - especially a rapid-fire dialogue scene in which the origin of vampirism as deriving from 8 knights in the crusades is explained; the filmmakers would have been better excising this. But, with the vampires just nasty cyphers who kill and be killed (rather than in Near Dark where they were just as nasty but at least properly characterised) and sulky heros who hide their emotions behind their dark glasses (I agree with one of the other posters that there is a hidden subtext that the Kerr Smith character is gay) this is a bit of a bore and I found myself hitting the fast forward button somewhere around the half way mark.


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