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October 2010

The Bleeding

cast: Michael Matthias, Jones, Michael Madsen, Armand Assante, and Katherine von Drachenberg

director: Charlie Picerni

99 minutes (18) 2009
widescreen ratio 16:9
Revolver DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 2/10
review by Jason Brawn

The Bleeding

Shawn Black (Michael Matthias), is an ex-army ranger on the hunt for the killers of his parents, and learns that a family of vampires - descended from a Transylvanian nobleman (Vinnie Jones) - is operating in a former chemical weapons factory turned hip nightclub.

The film begins very well, informing us that it is an actioner, but later on it loses a lot of momentum and later runs out of ideas. The first 15 minutes looks promising, almost like a Blade-type film, peppered with fast MTV edits. As for the rest of the film, it becomes boring and lifeless - like the undead.

The main character, Shawn, is okayish and his motivation is very clear, but why would you need to see this when you have Blade and countless vampire flicks, which are becoming a hackneyed trend? Do we need to see eastern Europeans sanctioned as vampires? Do we need vampires always dressed in black and prancing about in nightclubs that only play pumping techno music? Or must we constantly learn about the protagonist and antagonist's dark past? It's been so done to death that I was beginning to seriously favour Twilight, instead.

The film could have been more and more exciting if they had taken a different spin to it and made it more believable. Any film can sport a fine cast, like Vinnie Jones, DMX, Michael Madsen and Armand Assante, but without a clever story, I'm afraid this film sucks!

But what I did find amusing was Vinnie Jones playing a head vampire. His Romanian accent was laughable and his ridiculous Vlad the impaler-style wig - I would say - must have been found in a joke shop. He needs to stick to playing tough guys, because that's all he can do. Leave that for the classical trained actors, Vinnie the thespian.

Overall, give it a big miss. I don't think it will ever appear on the Horror Channel.



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