Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Ken Foree
What's it about
A vampire hunting priest stalks a group of sexy vampires who have a social conscience. Sorta.
Is it good movie?
You know, I’m starting to believe that every other horror film released is a vampire movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but many of the releases just rest on the conventions of the genre instead for biting off a new path. And those that do attempt to create something new usually end up falling back on the usual expectations. Characters often even discuss the clichés of the vampire story and what they expect only to have someone explain how things really are in this vampire world. With the exception of a few flicks, most really don’t leave an impact, let alone create something that’s good.
With that said, the latest fang feature is Live Evil, an indie production that’s gory, sexy, cheesy, and cheap. At its best, Live Evil attempts to add another level to the plight of the vampire and even give viewers a little social commentary to boot. See, in our wild modern society, disease runs wild. Pollution lurks around every corner. And for the vampire, blood is tainted because we, the weak normal folk, kinda suck. We drink, smoke, drug, and sex our way through life. We’re ruining our bodies, which makes it tough for the vampire to live. For example, take the opening sequence when a hot leather-wearing vamp sucks everyone dry in a diner. Just as she gets her fill, she vomits buckets of blood back up. They’re just too good for us.
I knew none of the cast members except for Tim Thomerson who I obviously don’t know, but I recall him from an extremely cheesy 80s series of movies called Trancers. If memory serves me, he was like a poor man’s action hero. He had all the attributes, but something just didn’t fly. Over 20 years later, Thomerson is still playing the tough guy, and in Live Evil he plays a vampire hunting priest who carries a big sword and isn’t afraid to use it. As he hunts the vampires (who even kidnap and suck a baby dry), and encounters a woman with a minivan who asks all those clichéd vampire questions I mentioned before. Everyone else plays their role admirably, notably the vampires. They're creepy but most of all sexy. The girls sort of make you want to have your neck ripped apart if she'd just sit close to you. And that's tough to do because I happen to dig my neck.
Okay, okay, so what the hell did I think? Eh. I’ve seen it all before. I enjoyed the social commentary and at times Thomerson entertained, but at the same time, the dialogue he spits out is just awful. The vampires play out their parts effectively and convincingly, but maybe I just need a break from bloodsuckers for a while. Speaking of blood, I’ll give Live Evil a hearty cheers for some very entertaining and gory action sequences. Again, I’m impressed by Thomerson—who by my count is 60-something—for his ability to kick some major ass. If only the rest of the film could flex the muscles of an old concept. It could have been that much better.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Digital Surround 5.1.
Notta that I know of. Had a screener.
For the average movie fan, I can't recommend this film. But for those looking for something a little bit different with teeth, for those who know and understand the flaws of an independent movie, Live Evil is worth checking out. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth a watch for the action, the gore, and, yes, the vampires.