What analysis can be offered other than simply stating Rise is a bad movie? It’s not the laugh-along bad as with Snakes, though. No, Gutierrez has taken a risk by not letting the audience in on the “fun” of his serious vampire movie, one so buckled to avoid energy, the pinnacle comes not in the action (or lack thereof), but the cameos. The great Robert Forster turns up for the first scene, while shock-rocker Marilyn Manson juices up his role as a bartender. And what’s a vampire flick without Nick Lachey, anyhow?
Here is a movie with roadkill dialogue and a star-killing performance (as Sadie the Vampire Slayer) by that horrible lead actress Lucy Liu—get your Razzie predictions in! And then there’s the subplot with Detective Rawlins (Chiklis, better off as Vic Mackey), whose daughter was killed by the same brood who claimed Sadie…of course. Everything under the moon is used that you’d expect to be in such a feature, right down to the bellowing floorboards.
There’re buckets of human blood and a few chomps through flesh, which is likely to get a rise out of vampire flick nuts. And that’s about all that can be said for Rise, which is presented on DVD in its extended form. What’s different from this cut to the print American “missed” the weekend it ran? It runs nearly a half-hour longer than the theatrical release, but I still wouldn’t know. It’s my job to research this information, sure, but it’s also the filmmaker’s duty to help us believe what’s onscreen and make the viewing livelier than a, well, viewing.
Rise: Blood Hunter has accumulated less than ten reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. So in a way, I’m honored to have been assigned it—in the same way the gray bat is honored to be on the endangered species list.
Blood (1:54): Ever wonder how to remove fake blood? Shaving cream, naturally.
Sex and Murder (1:43) briefly explores the sexuality underneath all vampire flicks.
Location, Location…(2:06) is for the scouting and production design.
Stunts (1:53) covers the stuntmen for Rise and their difficult job.
Storyboard to Screen Featurettes (18:08): While the scenes from the movie play on one side of the screen, the production storyboards show how close the finished product was to the director’s initial vision. Always a solid addition to any disc and might be useful to aspiring filmmakers.
The Theatrical Trailer and Previews round out the disc.