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The Forsaken - Desert Vampires [DVD] [2002]

Kerr Smith , Brendan Fehr , J.S. Cardone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr, Izabella Miko, Johnathon Schaech, Phina Oruche
  • Directors: J.S. Cardone
  • Writers: J.S. Cardone
  • Producers: Carol Kottenbrook, Connie Dolph, Scott Einbinder
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U0JW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A road/vampire movie with teen leads, The Forsaken feels a lot like a sexed-up pilot for a TV series. Kerr Smith takes a job driving a classic car from LA to Miami, with clear instructions that no harm should come to the wheels and he shouldn't pick up hitch-hikers. In the middle of nowhere he is manipulated into giving a lift to a drifting slacker (Brendan Fehr) who turns out to have been bitten by a vampire year or so back. Fehr is keeping the transformation into a blood-drinking monster under control with medication, but needs to destroy the master fiend who sired his attacker to effect a total cure. When Smith is nibbled by traumatised babe Isabella Miko, he is infected too and they all hare off to track down Kit (Jonathan Shaech), a medieval French knight currently cruising the backroads with a posse of minion-cum-killer associates.

Unlike Near Dark, from which it steals a lot, The Forsaken is pretty feeble in its re-imagining of the vampire myth: Shaech is just another pin-up pretty boy with highlit eyes who bungles his master villainy, while the very striking Phina Oruche (a black English model) is wasted in an eye-candy role as his nastiest disciple. Smith and Fehr do better in the traditionally weak hero parts, benefiting from snappy patter, but the plot keeps tripping over itself and the blood orgies and vampire combustions are third-hand.

On the DVD: The Forsaken comes to DVD with three tiny deleted scenes, two minimal featurettes, trailers, filmographies, and a dry but absorbing commentary track from director JS. Cardone. --Kim Newman

Product Description

Sean (Kerr Smith) is driving cross-country to deliver a vintage Mercedes and attend his sister's wedding when he picks up a hitchhiker, Nick (Brendan Fehr), who just happens to be a vampire hunter, tracking down a group of youthful vampires that feed on unwary travelers. As the plot thickens, they run into Megan, (Isabella Miko) who has been left for dead by the vampires. As they use her as a lure for the vampires, Sean becomes attracted to her. Further complications ensue when Sean is infectedwith the vampire virus. He, Megan and Nick must race against time to kill the vampire leader (Jonathon Schaech) to stop Sean from becoming one of the undead.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 17 Oct 2004
By A Customer
The plot is pretty simple if you get biten by a vampire there is a cure, you take the pills that will keep you from turning into a vampire for about 18 months, if you can kill the vampire that bite you in that time then you become cured.

Sean (Kerr Smith - TV's Dawson's Creek, Final Destination) picks up a hitchhiker called Nick (Brendan Fehr - TV's Roswell, Biker Boyz) who is willing to pay for the gas, unknown to Sean he is a vampire hunter who is tracking down the leader of a group of vampires.

The acting is good by all, especially Brendan where there is a profile of him on the extra features.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok 21 July 2004
By A Customer
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As vampire movies go this is ok and better than most that have been turned out for straight to video release. A few intriguing ideas and variations on the theme and worth a try. I did and liked it so you never know
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Forsaken 20 Jun 2004
This film is not for those of you looking for a horror with lots of blood and gore. However if you are looking for something to watch on a night in with some friends, then I highly reccomend this to you.
The film itself is quite good, but missed out on it's fifth star due to the slightly lacking story line. The story line goes a little all over the place,but as I already said it's still a film worth watching.
The vampires where pulled off nicely, but still come accross as a little stereotypical. The 'hunters' however in my opinion gave the film that little extra twist that it needed to make it different from the rest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad 15 April 2014
By carl
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its good story little low budgeted but a part from that its a great film. I would rate it 7 out of 10.
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