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1. Bloodrayne (2005)
2. Bloodrayne II: Deliverance (2007)
3. Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (2010)


This is really THE version of "Bloodrayne" to get.  It's the unrated version and also includes a DVD-ROM game!

About These Films:  "Bloodrayne" is based on the video game series of the same name, which began in 2002.  The first film did poorly at the box office.  It's surprising that there have been sequels.  There were, I think, a number of factors why the first film was not a great success.  First of all, I don't think Bloodrayne, as a video game, was around long enough to develop a large enough following to sustain a major movie audience.  In other words, the movie was made too soon.  Second, this wasn't a very "feel good" film.  Rayne is a tragic heroine, and everyone in the movie besides Rayne dies before the end of the picture.  Third, the bloody action was a bit over-the-top, even in the regular R-rated version; in the unrated version...egad!  At the time of this movie's release, the most successful movies ever made had a rating of PG-13 or lower due to the fact that people under the age of 17 make up the largest block of moviegoers.  If "Bloodrayne" had been edited down for a PG-13 rating, it would definitely have done better.  I do believe that, commercially-speaking, the producers of "Bloodrayne" made all the mistakes that could've been made in the execution of this film.  Plus, actor Michael Madsen hates this film and has let it be known.

    There were some good performances given in the "Bloodrayne" film, and the story was pretty good, but it certainly doesn't make the audience cheer or provide a lot of laughs.  In this series, each successive film puts Rayne quite a bit farther in time.  In "Bloodrayne II: Deliverance" (2007), Rayne is in the Wild West and tangles with a vampire version of Billy the Kid.  In "Bloodrayne: The Third Reich" (2010), Rayne battles the forces of Hitler in WWII.  Kristanna Loken starred as Rayne in the first film.  Natassia Malthe took over the role in 2 and 3.  The first film was released in theaters; all sequels have been direct-to-video.

    Rayne is a Dhampir, a half-human, half-vampire creature that kills evil vampires.



Bloodrayne (2005):  Based on the popular video game of the same name.  This is EXACTLY a cross between the Red Sonja and Blade characters.  You have a beautiful, statuesque, redheaded barbarian good with swords, like Red Sonja, who is half-human, half-vampire like Blade.

    There have been three big movies about superwomen with swords that have all come out at about the same time:  Aeon Flux, Ultraviolet, and Bloodrayne.  Bloodrayne is the BEST looking of all of them.  Kristanna Loken of Terminator 3 fame (she was the bad Terminator) is a lovely and likeable actress.  She's good at playing heroines.  No doubt about it, I like her better in this film than in Terminator 3.

    I don't consider this film a superhero show in the classical or even halfway-conventional sense, but it has a kind of "superheroey" feel to it and some of the traditional elements of superheroes.  For instance, she has a costume, super-strength, and super-agility.  And like many superheroes, she has unique weapons...these being two odd, but effective swords.  Her superpower would be that she is half-human, half-vampire.  She's a good person with morals who strongly prefers not to drink human blood, but blood of smaller, expendable animals.  And her adversary is a tyrannical figure with skills and powers equal/greater than her own.

    What makes this NOT a superhero show is the fact that it's purely of the fantasy genre with no connection to the modern world and the heroine does not have a dual-identity.  But some other superhero shows don't have these elements, either, so it can still be called a superhero show...but very lightly.

    This movie is vague in a lot of areas, but it's a fun watch.  It's not a big "thinker" movie.  This is an easy-to-watch film with a lot of gore and gratuitous boob shots.  And cat fights.  Hey, who said anything was wrong with that?  We need more movies like that nowadays, too, as well as intellectually stimulating features.

    Bloodrayne is set in an ambiguous medieval land in an unclear time period.  She was the product of rape between a human woman and an all-powerful male vampire.  So being a hybrid, her father wants to kill her for some reason.  Why?  Dunno.  Something about being a Dhampir (that's the term) she has the natural impulse to kill vampires and he's the biggie on the block.  Rayne has been hiding her whole life from the madvamp Kagan, but also seeks revenge for his murdering of her mother.  Eventually, she teams up with three vampire hunters led by Vladimir (Michael Madsen, giving a cool performance), Sebastian (Matt Davis, who is really a great young actor), and Katarin (the dependably catty Michelle Rodriguez).  She is trained to fight well by her new friends and they go after Kagan.  But Katarin is a traitor and causes a lot of trouble for the vampire-hunting society.

    I just want to give all of you who haven't seen this movie a heads-up.  Everyone in this movie EXCEPT Bloodrayne dies by the end.  If this doesn't bother you, go ahead and watch it.  Things like that in movies usually bother me, but this movie was more action-based than character-based so it's not overly unexpected or diappointing.  It moves quickly, but the bad thing is that even though we can't really get into the minds of the characters, the actors who play them make them so likeable that we hate to see them die.  But, such is life.

    Rayne is NEVER referred to as Bloodrayne in this movie.  It's a little unclear why they chose to call this movie Bloodrayne, but most suitable.  There is a LOT of blood in this movie.  A LOT!  It's rated R for good reason.  They do a lot with blood squirting.  It doesn't look real, but it still isn't pretty.  Don't let the little kiddies watch this one.  Between that and all the nudity this isn't a family-friendly feature, but it's good for the rest of us.

    It's a fun, entertaining show.  Nothing high brow or profound.  Just a good story of good versus evil.

"Bloodrayne" Gallery

Cast:

Kristanna Loken as Rayne (aka Bloodrayne)
Matt Davis as Sebastian
Michael Madsen as Vladimir
Michelle Rodriguez as Katarin
Ben Kingsley as Kagan

Director- Uwe Boll

Fun Facts:
  • Michael Madsen hates this film, but loved working with director Uwe Boll.
  • This film was made on a budget of $25 million, and grossed $3.5 million in theaters.
  • Uwe Boll hired real prostitutes for the scene with Meat Loaf to save on production costs.  The prostitutes were paid about $300 each.
  • "Bloodrayne" was filmed in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, and also at Dracula's castle.



Bloodrayne II: Deliverance (2007)

Cast:

Natassia Malthe as Rayne

Director- Uwe Boll


Fun Facts:



Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (2010)

Cast:

Natassia Malthe as Rayne

Director- Uwe Boll

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