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The Bleeding (2009)

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Surrounded by carnage, slaughter, brutal crashes and total mayhem, Shawn Black is in a race to save the world from pure evil.

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Charlie Picerni

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Lance Lane (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Matthias Michael Matthias ... Black
Vinnie Jones ... Cain
Nancy Young ... Nurse
Armand Assante ... Det. Jake Plummer
William McNamara ... Det. Dan Williams
Robert Capelli Jr. ... Jay-K
Alejandra Picozzi Alejandra Picozzi ... Kijakazi
DMX ... Tagg
Lance Lane Lance Lane ... Vampire In Mens Room
Rachelle Leah Rachelle Leah ... Lena
Madison Moss Madison Moss ... Jenny (as Madison Weidberg)
Tony Schiena ... Johnny the Perv
Pittsburgh Slim Pittsburgh Slim ... Crash
Michael Madsen ... Father Roy
Fabiano Iha ... Mime
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Surrounded by carnage, slaughter, brutal crashes and total mayhem, Shawn Black is in a race to save the world from pure evil.

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Action | Horror

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisitirio gia tin Kolasi See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Iron Bull Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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During the chase scene towards the end of the film, Cain is shown firing his revolver at least 9 times without reloading. See more »

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Symbolic of everything wrong with action/horror hybrids today
6 March 2011 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

When you look at the cast for "The Bleeding", aside from star Michael Matthias, this looks like a dream cast for people that watch direct to DVD garbage. Vinnie Jones! Rapper DMX! Michael Madsen! Armand Assante! Tony Schiena (here billed as "Johnny the Perv")! UFC host Rachael Leah! Reality star Kat Von D! It looks too good to be true, like the ultimate DVD movie cast. Well, it was actually released exclusively in New York as far as theatrical releases are concerned, so it's almost a straight to DVD movie. It's also bad-and I mean painfully so.

Shawn Black (Matthias, who also serves as a producer-this is essentially a vanity piece for the him) has returned from Afghanistan, with his parents murdered, and his brother dead in battle. Well, it turns out his brother is now a vampire named Cain (Jones), and that he is "the slayer", or a man who must vanquish such evil from the world. Aided by a rather gun happy, unorthodox priest (Madsen), Black must go to an abandoned factory turned nightclub, where Cain and his vampire brethren are hiding.

A pastiche picture mixing "Blade", "From Dusk 'till Dawn", "The Fast and the Furious", "Boondock Saints" as well as other obnoxious Tarantino knock-offs and at one point, a pinch of "Hostel", "The Bleeding" is symbolic of everything wrong with action/horror hybrids today. The editing is all over the place, the action scenes aren't all that exciting, the score is a strictly pro-tools affair, the direction is lacking, and you really don't care about anything that happens. In a lot of ways, this is also reminiscent of a lot of bad direct to DVD action movies, but this one takes it to different levels. The whole thing is lazy, and clearly made to be a breakout vehicle for poor man's Vin Diesel star Matthias. I mean sure, the gore and make-up effects are good, and there's boobs, but it isn't anything you haven't seen already.

To make things worse, nobody here really seems to give a damn. Several of the stars-Assante, DMX and Kat Von D-are merely given tiny roles and cameo appearances, with DMX only being there to provide crucial plot information and get killed off, Von D to get some blood on her after biting a girl's neck, and Assante being a poor man's version of an old western movie standard (he even calls the movie "a futuristic western" in an interview that serves as a special feature.)

The rest of the cast doesn't even seem to be trying for the most part. DMX is clearly just there for the paycheck, while even Matthias and the narration he provides seems to be screaming "get me out of here." Only Madsen and Jones seem to be trying, and even they can't do anything worth a damn due to the script-Jones in particular is given a goofy looking wig and bad American accent. The movie can't even work on an unintentional comedy level. One liners meant to be cleaver are just awkward, and even the site of Vinnie Jones in a bad 70's exploitation hair style can't register.

"The Bleeding" is just bad, and even not on a camp level. It's just painfully bad, and the kind of thing that usually get's dumped to DVD and forgotten and is not given a weekend long theatrical run. Avoid like a vampire shown a crucifix.


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