That being said, I gave this effort a very high rating, as it does an excellent job of setting up the climactic scene in a highly-believable way, sort of a "country-noir" fashion rather than thriller-horror 'cabin-in-the-woods-gorefest' tropes that have recently been so overdone as to make this a welcome respite. A few jarring elements do exist-the main setting bar somehow does not give off the vibe of a truly rural dipsomat, resembling more a Goth or hockey bar one would find in a city's trendy district. A lot of ADR seems to have occurred, which given the close quarters and the likelihood of operating machinery probably was needed to quell background noises which gives a slight echoeysound to the talking and probably led to the one reviewer's perceived "woodenness" in some of the dialog scenes. I concur there was possibly a little too much bar polishing, which is clichéd but is so because it does occur in real life, though if the doer was the owner he would be less likely to do it so often, more often having a flunkey do it. Given the tenseness of the situations(barfight, Police inspection, vampire-slaying) however it did not strike me as overmuch for indicating nervous reactions. The main character was likable if a bit young looking for a vampire, the barkeep a bit moreso if seeming somewhat old for an IraqI vet(Vietnam would be more credible)with very mobile facial expressions despite his full beard. The lady vamp was talented and very sexy and I would like to see more of her acting in it, the sheriff's deputy was perfectly cast as a slightly slimy bureaucrat on the take playing the bar owner for money at 'darts' for his baksheesh, the 2 bar bullies were also well cast and credible. It is hard to see the market aimed for by this, as it is almost like a romance but with a bad/sad ending. But my date got the sniffles at the gal vamp's Pieta-like dying in the barkeep's arms so it might be a good date movie despite the 'relationship goes sour' premise. It also might be excellent as part of several stories in an anthology approach possibly worked around the bar? The ending is ambiguous enough for a sequel.
Highly recommended as a change of pace from the usual.
The movie began with an very interesting use of credits via some particularly good line drawings accompanied by unusually apt music, which makes me think the director had originally been from a music or commercial background, this is however speculation on my part.
The beginning seemed to have a slight sound synchronization problem in some of the initial scenes, I daresay that was fixed in subsequent edits of the work. The usage of whited-out space for the dream/flashback sequences was an interesting take and probably more admirable for effort than in final effect. I do wonder how they found anyone to tell them how to pronounce the orc-like language which I believe was to represent Sanskrit, as that had been a dead language longer than the Mayan one done by Gibson in Apocalypto, which this effort reminds me of to a degree...though I cannot say why. Same sort of underlying religiosity vibe perhaps? My personal favorite was the actor playing the corrupted detective, the acting overall was quite good for those who are clearly at the beginning of their careers, the priest was also excellent. I am afraid I do not recognize who an earlier poster said was the "strange man" but no doubt I felt he did equally well with the rest. The lady detective did well but there was a longish scene with her doing reports and a wineglass that I felt should have been cut. The martial arts scenes were an unusual aspect too, it appeared like they were done in the traditional style before wires became so prevalent, which I much prefer to the new variants.
All in all a worthwhile thing to watch if you like the supernatural thriller genre without too much gore. Best, JL