When most of the population of Earth is infected with
a virus and transformed into vampires,
a group of hunters sets out to eliminate them.
Six non-infected survivors try to find the exit of an abandoned hospital
crowded with the creatures, and have to be rescued. Meanwhile,
the military command is ready to bomb the area and wipe it from the map.
Directed by Richard Crudo
Writing credits Mathew Klickstein
Cinematography by William Trautvetter
Film Editing by Tim Silano
Steven Seagal as Tao
Tanoai Reed as Tagart
Jenna Harrison as
Danny Midwinter as Morgan
Emma Catherwood as Amelia
Daniel Percival as Dylan
Skye Bennett as Charlotte
as Attendant #1
Mihaela Constantin as Attendant #2
Linden Ashby as Cross
Keith David as Lt. Waters
Clay Donahue Fontenot as Harrington
Haynes as Soldier
Stefan Iancu as Young Boy
Mihaela Elena Oros as Young
Claudiu Bleont as Surgeon
Andreea Ungureanu as
"While the vast majority of Seagal's movies are
undeniably awful, there is always an element of fun in them that manages
to come through even the stupidest story lines, but not this time. There
isn't even any of Seagal's traditional style of ass-kicking prowess to
be had here, he just walks through dark hallways occasionally hacking vampires
The movie begins with the explanation that a virus
wiped out nearly all of mankind and that there were no vaccines and no
immunity. Minutes later, a voice-over explains that "some of the wounded
were immune, others just changed."
Nice. I like the narrative consistency. Later, after meeting several examples
of what the human race have transformed into, one character explains, "Everyone
thinks they're vampires, but they're not. They're mutants."
Is this for real? Vampires. Does anyone think these things are vampires?
These are typical, badly performed zombies straight out of any cheap zombie
movie. To suggest that they are vampires is to display a spectacular lack
of understanding of one of the most basic tenets of horror movie lore.
Vampires, among other things, drink blood. They don't tear out entrails
in mindless feeding frenzies.
In one scene, one of the "vampires" tells one of the uninfected characters
something like this, "We have evolved. We think, we talk, we plan…"
Yeah, but we know all about our evolutionary history, but we don't understand
that we're zombies, not vampires. Consider, for example, Brad Pitt's and
Tom Cruise's brilliant vampire performances in Interview with the Vampire,
an immeasurably better movie. They are educated, they're philosophical,
they radiate class and style. To say that the things in Against the Dark
have evolved from them is quite a statement indeed. So let's just refer
to the creatures by what they really are, shall we?
Steven Seagal's first line in the movie, by the way, comes after he and
his team rush on screen and cut up a bunch of zombies that are closing
in on a young boy. After killing all of them, Seagal says, "We're not here
to decide what's right or wrong, we're here to decide who lives and dies."
What does that even mean? It doesn't matter, the entire script is stupendously
dumb, and the movie reduces the destruction of all of mankind to a handful
of people wandering around a darkened hospital trying to avoid getting
eaten while they wait for Seagal and his crew to come save them. The United
States Military, headed by Keith David (the movie's one completely wasted
talent), waits outside for Seagal to do all the hard stuff.
If you were to make the sad mistake of watching this thing, I would actually
recommend watching the extra feature on the DVD that talks about the making
of the movie. Sometimes these making-of featurettes can be helpful in slightly
changing your opinion of a bad movie, but in this case it is more interesting
than the movie itself just to watch how completely deluded everyone seems
to have been in making it. I can't understand how anyone at any moment
of production could have tricked themselves into thinking that they weren't
making a spectacularly bad movie, but they did it, man. They really believed
they were onto something with this mess. Miss it!"
- Edited from an IMDB review by Michael DeZubiria
What he said, in spades. The main plot devices seemed to be
- Never stay together
- Ignore anything that could be useful as a weapon
- When you think the power is going to go off, jump in an elevator
The script is painfully bad, with poor continuity, poor characterisation,
and zero depth. The standout feature for me was the cinematography; I was
impressed by the way a poorly lit set produced a quality product. And the
sets weren't bad (probably a real hospital on location!).
"Making of" Featurette