"Molecular biologist Michael Dorn is accidentally infected with
RVK-17, a virus he is working with. The virus, which he believed was designed
as a cure for HIV, actually turns its victims into vampires.
Now a threat to the company - and the secretive "Council",
Michael is on the run, a tortured soul living off the streets as he battles
to come to terms with his new life as a blood lusting predator.
With bounty hunter Lance and junkie vampire Gage in pursuit, Michael
now knows the true potential of the virus. His options; destroy all knowledge
of the virus and the people behind it, or succumb to the power and delights
of this dark and evil way of being."
Without the boring voice-over for the first 15 minutes, you'd have no
idea of the plot; with it, you are resigned to another 'mad scientist'
movie. Sorry, no dice. No mad science, precious little vampirism; this
is a mixture of Mafia/Gangster and x-files/conspiracy. With a dollop of
sword fighting and unnecessary weaponry thrown in.
The writer's mistake is clear from the outset; this is no Mad Max; not
even a Sigourney in Alien - there is no hero, no sympathetic character.
While there's a lot of talk about vampires, they seem to hide a lot, and
despite their supposed evil powers, they rely on guns and BMWs, just like
The ludicrous moments outweigh the good ones; with automatic weapons
firing, Lance produces a crossbow, firing a wooden arrow ... into Dorn's
leg. No-one takes their shots (Can vampires deflect bullets, as well as
recover quickly?). And the 'Save The Whales' speech at the finale is so
monstrously stupid, that you wonder how anyone got to the end.
I'm a great fan of low budget movies, and I can forgive a lot of economies.
Sound effects that never (not once) match the action; fine. Actors whose
accents vary from Melbourne to LA via Dublin; fine. But I will not forgive
a shoddy screenplay. A film has no right to be made if the writers can't
cut the waffle, get to the point, and have a story to tell. And tell it.
They're talking about a sequel. I hope they read this first.
- Actors David W. Allen ; John Barresi ; Kel Dolen ; Chris Kerrison
; David No
- Director David W. Allen ; Kel Dolen
- Certificate Restricted
- Production: RapidFire Productions Pty Ltd
- Made 2001, released 2002
- Screen Widescreen 1.85:1
- Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
- Additional Languages English (Dolby Digital Surround)
- Subtitles Spanish
- Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)