A vampire clan roaming around in the great American desert is a marvelous concept that sets the stage for a supernatural “Wild Wild West” showdown. In the vampire movie, The Forsaken, we got something like that. But it’s more like The Hitcher with a touch of Dracula. It’s about vampires hiding out in the southwestern highways and preying on unwary travellers.
In The Forsaken, a young film editor (Kerr Smith) is driving solo from California to attend his sister’s wedding in Florida. Along the way, he picks up a scruffy hitchhiker (Brendan Fehr) who’s secretly on a mission to slay vampires. Unknown to Smith, Fehr is a survivor of a vampire attack and is on a mission to hunt for the head vampire who infected him so that he won’t turn into a bloodsucker sometime in the near future.
The two encounter a survivor (Isabella Miko) of a recent attack. They try to save her because she’s still not a full blown vampire. While doing so, she accidentally bites Smith. Now, in order to stop all three of them from becoming into vampires, they will have to find the top vampire and kill him.
Fighting vampires in the American Southwest is nothing new and has already been done by classic genre films such as John Carpenter’s Vampires and Near Dark.
As a horror film, this movie didn’t bother with suspense and went straight to action. There aren’t enough blood and gore for the slasher fans, but there are plenty of car chases and gun shots. And, of course, there are ample beautiful lasses. What would a vampire movie be if there are no gorgeous damsel in distress. Miko plays the part well enough.
The Forsakenhas a bit of edginess to it. As an action film with a low budget, the best way for the movie to catch on is through compelling characters. Johnathon Schaech certainly delivers as Kit, the head vampire that Smith and friends had to find. Kit is the cool vampire lord who wears leather biker pants instead of a cloak or a cape.
One character that’s worth mentioning is Pen played by Simon Rex (Felicity). Pen is the human caretaker of Kit’s small vampire clan. And I like the interaction between Pen and Kit where Pen is more of a trusted advisor than a pet.
Overall, The Forsaken is a movie that should be watched with little expectation. It does not add anything new to the vampire genre. But it still is a good little vampire movie to watch. I rate it 3 out of 5.
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