(2005) dir. Uwe Boll
Well, the last of my little sci-fi trilogy turned out to be more or a horror/fantasy set in the “1800’s” apparently. Still, it’s a modern chicks kick-ass movie, with vampires, which turned out to be the real theme here in the long run. But truly, when looking to save the “best” for last, saving any Uwe Boll picture for last does in essence guarantee saving the “worst” for last, but in the case of a series of bad films, the worst is also the best.
Uwe Boll – how many of you people have heard of him? He’s got a growing reputation as modern day Ed Wood, Jr. which really just means that he’s an auteur of “bad”. But it has to be said, of the three Uwe Boll films that I’ve seen, BloodRayne may well be the worst/best yet. He specializes in films adapted from video games, a pretty inauspicious subgenre at best as far as source material goes, but increasingly a more common one.
This movie has a hilarious cast including Meat Loaf, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley, and Udo Kier (which one of these things is not like the other?) and starring as the resident ass-kicking dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) is Kritanna Loken who also has a sci-fi pedigree being “T-X” in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
The film has an interesting reliance on more traditional FX, with lots of stumbling, blood-spurting heads and bodies and gore. There is even a recap of the goriest moments at the end in some utterly ambiguous flashback of just that. The acting is at its worst when you have these people in their “period” costumes speaking the cheap dialogue with faux-English accents. Even Michelle Rodriguez gets into the act, which makes it pretty camp. The whole thing reeks of badness, but the good kind of badness, the kind that can be enjoyed.