Rise: Blood Hunter
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In this vampire-noir, an investigative reporter named Sadie (Lucy Liu), finds herself in the thick of a cult luring young L.A. hipsters. When she gets in too deep, she falls prey to the leader, Bishop (James D'Arcy), and suddenly, one night, awakens in the morgue. Lost and confused, Sadie takes a look in the mirror, only to realize she has become one of them-a vampire. On a hunt for revenge, she roams the dark alleys and streets, feeling a hunger growing within her and struggling against the temptation to feed on innocent people. With a special bow and arrow, she pursues Bishop, killing the members of his clan one by one. Detective Rawlins (Michael Chiklis) is also seeking vengeance against the cult, his daughter having fallen victim to Bishop's lure. He crosses Sadie's path, and they join forces when they realize they have the same mission. The two make a deal: after Sadie kills Bishop, Rawlins must kill her. With a supporting cast that includes Carla Cugino, Robert Forster, Marilyn Manson and Nick Lachey, Rise: Blood Hunter is a captivating, original thriller that eschews "vampire movie" clichés. Writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez, whose screenplay credits include Gothika, The Eye remake and last year's Snakes on a Plane, doesn't rely on special effects or cheap scare tactics to drive the film. His stylized vision, incorporating Oscar®-winning John Toll's haunting cinematography, carries the story and infuses this striking tale with fast-paced action and thrilling suspense.
Director's Statement Collapse
I've always been interested in vampires. The myth exists in one form or another in most cultures and goes back hundreds of years. My problem with most vampire movies is, once the garlic and fangs come out--it becomes incredibly campy. So the idea here is to treat the vampires as a cult we know very little about. The word 'vampire' isn't even mentioned. I thought it would be interesting to make a thriller in which a reporter wakes up left for dead in a morgue, except she's not dead. She's become one of them. But she doesn't believe in them, because she's a logical, practical person. The horrors of the body turning against you -- a theme explored by Cronenberg, especially early on--is also very appealling to me. So Lucy Liu's character is fascinated and repulsed by what she is and sets herself on a suicide mission to find some sort of purpose in life before she kills herself. A most anti-hero thing to do, I know--but she simply can't live with what she's become. Or so she thinks. The movie behaves a bit like Boorman's Point Blank, with Lucy as a leaner, sexier Lee Marvin. Vampires are sensual creatures as well, so sex and murder are the operative words in their damaged world. It was a tight shoot, mostly all at night in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to get the mighty John Toll to shoot some stunning images and was blessed by a very game supporting cast willing to play the human, dangerous side of these people.
Film Information Collapse
[RISEB] | 2007 | 94 | Narrative Feature
Foreign Title: (Rise: Blood Hunter)
About the Director(s)Collapse
Venezuelan writer-director SEBASTIAN GUTIERREZ previously directed the crime thriller Judas Kiss, starring Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, and HBO's She Creature, starring Carla Gugino and Rufus Sewell. His screenwriting credits include the Samuel L. Jackson action thriller Snakes on a Plane; Gothika, starring Halle Berry; the Owen Wilson comedy The Big Bounce; and the upcoming horror film The Eye, starring Jessica Alba.