Movie: Vampires: Out for Blood

Movie: Vampires: Out for Blood
Year: 2004
Director: Richard Brandes
Critic rating: 3
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Format: plain

A wild-eyed Kevin Dillon looks lost in this direct-to-video vampire tale that finds the recently career-revitalized actor playing hooky from Entourage while portraying an alcoholic, newly divorced cop that may (or may not) be turning into a vampire. Along for the ride is Vanessa Angel as Dillon's pseudo-celebrity wife that coincidentally(?) writes novels about vampires. And playing the harried police chief role is genre vet Lance Henriksen who appears as if he's slumming as penance for starring in Aliens Vs. Predator.

There's not a lot of interesting story here until the final moments of the movie during which writer/director Richard Brandes uncorks a few rather unique and compelling twists. Prior to that, there's a lot of Kevin Dillon looking confused, Lance Henricksen looking exasperated and vampire posturing by Kenneth Colom and the fetching Jodi Lyn O'Kefe as two of the lead Nosferati. There is one rather moody and intriguing scene early on in the movie, however, when O'Kefe leads Dillon into the underground V.I.P. room of a vampire rave. There, Coco Johnson, Diana Terranova, Dita De Leon, Svetlana Chavez, and Bruna Rubio indulge in some pretty frisky play while Dillon is made comfortable for his transformation.

While not great, Vampires: Out for Blood is a good time-waster for fans of vampire movies or perhaps those who saw this flick on the Sci-Fi channel and would like to see it unedited. Those not into the genre may find some of it rewarding viewing, particularly in the third act, though overall it's sometimes stifled by a low budget, amateurish acting, some lapse in logic and odd pacing.

  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Studio: MCA Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes

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