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BloodRayne
Bloodrayne stands centre, shown holding her special blades. The face of Kagan fills the frame behind her on the left, on her right Vladimir holds his sword ready for action.
Movie poster
Directed by Uwe Boll
Produced by Dan Clarke,
Uwe Boll,
Wolfgang Herold
Written by Guinevere Turner
Starring Kristanna Loken
Michael Madsen
Matthew Davis
Will Sanderson
Billy Zane
Udo Kier
Michael Paré
Meat Loaf
with Michelle Rodriguez
and Ben Kingsley
Distributed by Romar Entertainment
Release date(s) United States
October 23, 2005
(Austin Film Festival)
December 9, 2005
(Splatterday Night Fever)
January 4, 2006
(Los Angeles, California)
(Premiere)

January 5, 2006
(Dallas, Texas)
(Premiere)

January 6, 2006
(Wide)
Running time 94 minutes
Language English
Budget $25 Million[1]
Gross revenue $3,650,275[1]
Followed by BloodRayne II: Deliverance

BloodRayne is a 2005 horror/fantasy film based on the eponymous video game from Majesco and the game developer, Terminal Reality, directed by Uwe Boll. The film stars Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Billy Zane, and Matthew Davis.

The film was the third video game movie adaptation by Uwe Boll who previously made the movies based on House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark. The film was critically panned upon its release, did poorly at the box office and was disliked by co-star Madsen.

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Plot

Loosely based on the video game of the same name, the film centers on the character of Rayne (Kristanna Loken), an unholy breed of human and vampire called a Dhampir. Dhampir are unaffected by crucifixes and do not thirst for human blood. She is the daughter of the Vampire King Kagan (Ben Kingsley) who has gathered an army of thralls, both vampire and human, in order to annihilate the human race. She was conceived when Kagan raped her mother, and she later witnessed him killing her.

Sebastian (Matthew Davis), Vladimir (Michael Madsen), and Katarin (Michelle Rodriguez) are three members of the Brimstone Society, who fight vampires. When they hear of the Dhampir, Vladimir plans to recruit her in order to kill Kagan. A great portion of the story concerns the three body-parts of an ancient vampire that can make a vampire free of the basic weaknesses: holy water (the eye), the cross (the rib), and the sun (the heart). As Kagan wants all these parts, it becomes the heroes' mission to stop him.

Cast

Reception

On January 6, 2006, the film opened in 985 theaters across the US. It was originally to have played at up to 2,500 theaters, but that number dropped to 1,600 and ended up lower due to prints being shipped to theaters that had not licensed the film.[2][3]

Box office

In its opening, the film only made $1,550,000 USD.[1] The film ended up grossing $3,591,980 USD (June 2006) on a budget of $25 million.[1]

Critical response

BloodRayne was universally panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of only 4%, meaning that out of 46 reviews only 2 were positive.[4] It was ranked 48th in Rotten Tomatoes's 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s.[citation needed]

Star Michael Madsen had sharply divided feelings about the film. While he strongly despised the film's final cut and production and has called BloodRayne "a horrifying and preposterous movie", he said he enjoyed working with Boll and would certainly work with him again if asked.[5]

Laura Bailey, who was the voice of Rayne in the BloodRayne games, was asked at her panel at Anime Boston 2007 what her thoughts were on the film adaptation, and said "Oh God, that movie sucked. And that movie was so bad. I saw it on The Movie Channel and I couldn't even get through 20 minutes of it! It was so bad and it was kinda sad that they took that because I really liked the games."[6]

Critics ridiculed Boll for hiring actual prostitutes instead of actors for a scene featuring Meat Loaf in order to save on production costs.[7][8] They were allegedly only paid €150.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition

The film was nominated for six Golden Raspberry Awards including, Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Kristanna Loken), Worst Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley), Worst Supporting Actress (Michelle Rodriguez), Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. Bloodrayne did not win any, as it was dominated by Basic Instinct 2, Little Man and Lady In The Water with seven nominations each.[9]

In 2009, Time listed the film #6 on their list of top ten worst video games movies.[10]

The film was number one on Gametrailers countdown of the worst video game movies ever. The reviewers from Gametrailers said that "every actor is miscast, every wig is too fake, every sex scene is too inappropriate, and every action scene is too improvised."[11]

Sequels

In 2007 a sequel BloodRayne II: Deliverance was made. Natassia Malthe replaces Loken in the lead role.[12] Unlike the first movie, BloodRayne II: Deliverance went direct-to-video.

Due for release in 2010 a third BloodRayne III: Warhammer has been announced, Kristanna Loken returns to play.[13]

Home media

Next to the R-rated version which was shown in cinemas, a more violent unrated director's cut was published on DVD. Overall, the unrated version includes three extended violent scenes as well as an extended ending.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c d BloodRayne at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2009-12-13.
  2. ^ Brian Fuson (2006-01-09). "'Hostel' scares up $19.6 mil to reach No. 1.". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001807661. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ EdwardHavens, January 6th, 2006. Romar Releasing Faces Minor Bumps Upon First Major Release FilmJerk.com
  4. ^ BloodRayne (film) at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved on 2009-09-30.
  5. ^ "Madsen Still Scarred by BloodRayne Movie". ContactMusic.com. August 30, 2008. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/madsen%20still%20scarred%20by%20bloodrayne%20movie_1078904. Retrieved 2009-12-13. "But, saying all that, Madsen would consider making another movie with the eccentric filmmaker: "Uwe was fun. If he called me tomorrow and wanted me to be in a movie I would do it."" 
  6. ^ Anime Boston 2007 Laura Bailey Panel at YouTube. Retrieved on 2009-11-23.
  7. ^ "BloodRayne" Movie Review by Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures. Retrieved on 2009-09-30.
  8. ^ UGO.com Film/TV Uwe Boll BloodRayne Interview
  9. ^ http://www.razzies.com/history/27thNoms.asp Razzies 2006 Nominees
  10. ^ "Top 10 Worst Video Game Movies". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1851626_1851846_1851691,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-25.  Full List
  11. ^ GT Countdown - Top Ten Worst Video Game Movies (Video)
  12. ^ "BloodRayne 2 Casting". IGN. 2006-11-06. http://movies.ign.com/articles/744/744203p1.html. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  13. ^ "Uwe Boll: Bloodrayne 3: Warhammer Shooting in January". 2009-11-04. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/34389/uwe-boll-bloodrayne-3-warhammer-shooting-january. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  14. ^ Playzocker (April 22, 2008). "BloodRayne". Movie-Censorship.com. http://movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3603. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 

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