Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Irena A. Hoffman
What's it about
In the Seventeenth Century, while Hungary is fighting the Turks, the population of a small village in the Carpathian Mountains faces the evil Countess Elizabeth Bathory, accused of drinking and bathing in blood of virgin women. Count Thurzo imprisons the Countess in the tower of a monastery and brings her daughter to live with him. In the present days, Keith is writing a book about Countess Elizabeth Bathory and traveling through Hungary with his friends J.J. and Kim researching her life. While trying to find the monastery, he meets the gorgeous and seductive Elizabeth, who guides the trio to the place. Keith and Elizabeth fall in love for each other, and after a car accident, they have a supernatural journey with revelations and fatalities.
Is it good movie?
This really isn't a movie that anyone needs to seek out. I think a lot of companies simply decide to scrape together the smallest budget possible and film in a remote area for super cheap while contracting a former 'star' to help sell the film. Shot in Hungary, the setting for this film is the only strong suit as it becomes difficult to mess up such a picturesque country.
The plot here is an absolute mess, I cannot lie. The movie tries to be a historical sort of sweeping epic vampire flick but it is really poorly done and full of inaccuracies. The movie's pacing is just awful and the dialogue is absolutely laughable. The film does have a basic storyline but the movie is all over the place, with no serious substance whatsoever.
Again, I don't have a lot to say about this flick that is very complimentary. The actors were pretty awful. Christopher Lambert really isn't a very good actor. Time hasn't done him any favors and his vampire character is a scenery-chewing goofball with hilarious lines of dialogue that ruin any real menace his character could connivery. Corey Sevier is absolutely awful, and comes off as if he's desperate and trying way too hard to act his ass off. How this guy gets regular work is news to me. Another awful offender is Jennifer Higham, who sounds like she's reading cue cards.
The film looks bad. The cinematography is bland and dull and the effects are really bush league. There are a ton of plot holes, despite the fact that a lot of the actors spend time monologuing to narrate specific plot points that didn't need to be pointed out. The score tends to fail the flick when it needs it the most.
Ultimately this film is an absolute mess. The atmosphere is captured pretty well but everything else equals a low-budget cinematic trainwreck. Sure, it's nice to not see the typical teen vampires that have completely exploded onto the scene in the last few years, but good god, I'd almost rather watch Twilight than this unfinished sloppy mess of a movie.
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Honestly folks, this is a film that makes being a movie reviewer difficult. I love watching me some horror and believe me I've been through a lot of stuff but this is the stuff of nightmares. Avoid this movie at all costs, although I'm willing to bet that most of you will never encounter it in your lives unless you purposely seek it out.