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Xenobites (2008)

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After the fifth war, the crime rate rises over five hundred percent. Law enforcement is replaced by xenobites: psychotic demons that execute justice in deadly ways. Icarus Van Clader, a ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fredianelli ... Icarus Van Calder
Kevin Giffin Kevin Giffin ... Lupus De Milo
Jana Ireton Jana Ireton ... Margo Lancaster
Michael Nosé Michael Nosé ... Mark Ogawa
Henry Lee ... Ken Yoshihara
Anthony Spears ... Teagan Trogwaters
Shai Wilson ... Cassidy Holden
James Soderborg James Soderborg ... Stanley Lancaster
E.C. Andersen E.C. Andersen ... Jack Turner (as Eric Andersen)
James Z. Feng James Z. Feng ... Boss Tanaka
Ronald Nosé Ronald Nosé ... Lassett
Brian Marquez Brian Marquez ... Kevin
Edronda Guiriba Edronda Guiriba ... Hooker
Winnie Fu Winnie Fu ... Sesame Eshida
Michael A. Martinez Michael A. Martinez ... Victim (as Mike A. Martinez)
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After the fifth war, the crime rate rises over five hundred percent. Law enforcement is replaced by xenobites: psychotic demons that execute justice in deadly ways. Icarus Van Clader, a private investigator and former criminal in the underworld, is hired to retrieve a mysterious tape that puts him at war with xenobites and the Yakuza. Written by Anonymous

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In the future...gangsters and demons will collide

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Action | Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Xenocide Progression See more »

Filming Locations:

San Jose, California, USA

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Wild Dogs Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Production was officially terminated after only three days of filming when cinematographer 'Michael Nose' quit. Director Michael Fredianelli then decided to make A Bird in the Bush (2008) and it was only after he completed that project that he returned to finish Xenobites (2008) when a successful trailer featuring the three days' footage was screened. See more »

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Actor Anthony Spears' name is misspelled in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Boss Tanaka: Find that fucking tape now!
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Features Akira (1988) See more »

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"After all, what love can I give the world if none is ever given to me?"
17 December 2008 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

A full-length extension of one of the director's early short films, Xenobites is a stylish horror/action noir about a private dick (Icarus Van Calder, another one of Fredianelli's patented nihilist antiheros) who clashes with Asian mobsters and battles demonic law enforcers on the side. The feature is shot in atmospheric black & white with occasional moments of color, such as during the flashbacks and, most strikingly, the many welcome discharges of blood. In fact, I dare say this is some of the best blood and squib work of Fredianelli's prolific career so far. An overly dark scene here or there aside, the photography is quite good as well, professional even. And completing the technical package is Aaron Stielstra's superb synth music, giving the film a moody, Carpenteresque tone rarely found in contemporary cinema. Xenobites' plot is pretty original, though the somber story feels just a bit dry at times and takes a somewhat jarring, albeit stimulating, twist about halfway through, completely changing Van Calder's MO to a much more grand design. Dark themes of self and worldly disillusion fit themselves neatly into the proceedings, conveyed by the cast of dependable regulars and the wonderful addition of Henry Lee as the apathetic Yakuza boss badass. Finally, a Wild Dogs picture wouldn't be a Wild Dogs picture without its gritty violence and potent action, and this one delivers the goods. Beatings and bullets abound, swords cross, and real martial arts enter into one particularly brutal, glass-shattering fight scene. The athletic, stunt-filled foot chase is the best Fredianelli has ever put on celluloid and the elevator sequence, where a Xeno out for revenge is after Van Calder, rivals James Cameron's one in T2. Mighty impressive stuff for a low-budget movie.

I don't think Xenobites breaks much new ground for Fredianelli and company but, in numerous ways, it does pretty much perfect it. And still, it was nice to see a return to his roots, so to speak, with the material, giving it the much-deserved feature treatment. One can only hope he does the same with his infamous Higgy and Puffs saga.


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