A young woman is taken under the wing of a shadowy organization and genetically transformed into a kung-fu fighting vampire charged with (yup, you guessed it) bringing down a darker more sinister race of vampires hell-bent on world domination.
This wonderful little turd comes to us courtesy of our fine friends across the pond Ė England to be exact Ė and I must say, itís both refreshing and sad to know that they are just as capable of making shitty movies as we are over here. Part Matrix
, part La Femme Nikita
and part Blade
Öwith the FX budget of a Dr. Who
episode, The Witches Hammer
is not only a film in the middle of a terrible identity crisis, itís muddled as all-hell to boot. Sitting through this UK import is like trying to watch a television series half-way through its season with hopes of making heads or tales of whatís happening; not an easy task, I assure you.
Sadly, the confusing storyline is the least of The Witches Hammerís
problems. Sure the film is amateurish and shot-on-the-cheap, but itís obviously a labor of love for those involved; so why then canít we at least try for something a little bit more original? Aside from a number of painfully misplayed similarities to the three films I mentioned in the last paragraph, The Witches Hammer
also tries (and fails) to capitalize on the successful marriage of witty black-humor and horror that made Buffy The Vampire Slayer
such a runaway hit. Unfortunately (for him and us) writer / director James Eaves is no Joss Whedon, and his attempts to inject laughs or sly winks into the proceedings do nothing but up the goofy factor and derail the tone of the film. Had Eaves played his film straight all-the-way through, it might have leant an urgency to the story Ė something it desperately needed Ė and added weight to the narrative instead of cheesing it up.
I almost certain that there is an audience out there (somewhere) thatíll eat this shit up and smile through every mouthful. The Witches Hammer may have worked for me had it done more to create an identity for itself instead of mimicking much better films that have come before it.