BloodRayne II: Deliverance Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 89 minutes
Distributor: Visual Entertainment
Rayne finds herself going up against Billy The Kid--with none other than Pat Garrett, the man known to have once put down The Kid, to back her up in this Wild West romp with a blood-curdling twist....
Directed by Uwe Boll. Written by Chris Donaldson and Neil Every. Starring Natassia Malthe, Zack Ward, Brendan Fletcher, Michael Pare, Chris Coppola, Michael Teigen, Michael Eklund and John Novak.
A few days ago I made a list of stuff I was looking forward to seeing in 2007. BloodRayne II: Deliverance, I'm proud to say, didn't make the cut, but it has managed to give me a few things I didn't know I wanted: Billy the Kid in vampire form and one of my favorite actors, Michael Pare playing Pat Garrett.
The willowy Natassia (Skinwalkers) Malthe has been hired to play Rayne, replacing Kristana Lokken. She's half-human, half-vampire, and totally hotter than the original Rayne. In Deliverance, Rayne aligns herself with Pat Garrett (Pare), a member of the long-thought-dead Brimstone society, a dishonest preacher (Michael Eklund) and a low life named Franson (Michael Tiegen), to stop Billy The Kid (Zack Ward) and show the world how the West was really won. No, I'm dead serious...
BloodRayne I is based on a video game, as ALL of Boll's films are, apparently. This means the director, Uwe Boll, is obligated to shower us with action sequences that hold up the narrative action. But Boll is more convincing here than he was with the original that, rightfully so, was quickly banished from theaters. The sequel has what passes for humor and a cast that passes for interesting. Zack Ward, Michael Pare, Chris Coppola, and Brendan Fletcher do well. Zack Ward of course, clearly using the part to get in some much-needed fake Dracula accent practice. Guess he has some big Dracula roles coming up?
But, to make a much needed long story very short, there's no doubt that Boll has morphed into the millennium version of misfit movie maven Ed Wood. With no particular regard for jamming his putrid productions down the audience's throats, Boll takes a perverse pride in conducting these ultra-kinetic creepshows without any reference to competent structure or style. Granted that turning video game ventures into big screen entertainment has been an iffy endeavor at best for certain filmmakers. However, Boll seems to revel in the flimsy factor of his sketchy and spineless spectacles. BloodRayne II: Deliverance is probably a few degrees of improvement over the ineptitude of originals existence. Other than the surprisingly decent photography, there's not much else to this film than a hot chic... looking, well... HOT! Bloodrayne II: Deliverance hits DVD September 18th.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com