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Vampires: The Turning
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Apr 29, 2005 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Vampires: The Turning order
Director:
Marty Weiss

Actors:
Colin Egglesfield as Connor
Stephanie Chao as Sang
and Roger Yuan as Kiko

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young American couple's vacation in Thailand turns sour when the little lady (Meredith Monroe) is bitten by a vampire and taken away to their hideout to either die or turn bloodsucker herself. Her boyfriend (Egglesfield) has other plans as he teams up with a rival gang of nice vampires to save her and end a centuries-long battle between the two clans.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

There's no question that when you feed your DVD player a straight-to-video vampire flick, you're going to end up feasting on cheese. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether it'll be light, inoffensive cheese like Gouda or smelly, offensive cheese like limburger (or Roquefort!) Now light and inoffensive are rarely words used to describe undead creatures who feast on human blood but this flick was far from being the usual drudge that you find on the bottom shelf of the video store. In fact, it was downright fun if you can settle in the right frame of mind beforehand. Nobody can take Asian dirt-bike riding vampires too seriously so prepare accordingly and you could end up having a good time courtesy of some fun fights, a really cute girl (Chao) who takes her top off for a split second and the fun cheese that comes along with b-grade dialogue and c-grade acting.

Another positive was that contrary to many other films of the type, VAMPIRES: THE TURNING actually took a shot at wrapping an actual plot around it's kung-fu street fights. Granted it was as simple as it gets, filled with inconsistencies and not necessarily original, it at least filled the void between action sequences better most. An 83-minute running time never hurts as well. The one thing that set this apart from many b-movies is the very limited T&A you'll find in the film. There's a quick nip-shot of Chao which is refreshing but nothing is overdone. Neither the gore, the sex, the swearing or the nudity which is a good thing in all cases, it actually helped me get around to this rather than just dismissing it as another vessel made specifically to transport nudie shots to hermits. It made the move a bit more serious and worthwhile. I enjoyed watching this because I took it for what it was, if you do the same, I'm sure you'll have a good time too.

THE EXTRAS
There are about as many extras on this movie as I have fans... That, my friends, means ZERO.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This won't be getting any Oscar nods any time soon (not even any Golden Globe nods I'm afraid) but it's better than you average straight-to-video fare in bothe plot and action. Give it a shot on 2-for-1 night and kill a few minutes with it.
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