Way of the Vampire (2005) is an American action thriller horror movie that vampire and Van Helsing fans should stay clear of. This movie will surely disappoint Van Helsing fans because of the poorly written screenplay and cinematography. Directors Sarah Nean Bruce and Eduardo Durão inexperience in the directorial field shows drastically in this difficult to watch movie. Way of the Vampire is Sarah’s second movie to direct and is Eduardo’s first movie to direct. Sarah and Eduardo did fans a great favor by directing one or fewer movies after Way of the Vampire.
Way of the Vampire started by introducing us to a little of the backstory in the late 1800’s. Abraham Van Helsing (Rhett Giles - Quantum Apocalypse (2010), The Apocalypse (2007), Frankenstein Reborn (2005), Contract Killers (2008)) went to have one final fight with Dracula who is the Lord of the Vampires. Van Helsing left a man to protect his wife while he battles Dracula, and he did not know that the man, Sebastian is a vampire, Prince. Sebastian (Andreas Beckett - Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012), Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002), When Nietzsche Wept (2007)) turned Van Helsing’s wife into a vampire by seducing her and then fed on her. Van Helsing returned home to his wife to live a happy life and found out that he has to kill his vampire wife. Van Helsing is bent on killing all of the head vampires that he made a pact with the Knights Templar. He told them that he wants to become immortal, and he does not want to be allowed into the kingdom of Heaven until he kills all of the vampire princes in the world.
The movie skips to modern day Los Angeles where Van Helsing is working undercover in a city hospital as a hematologist. The vampires now live as though they are homeless because they are afraid of Van Helsing, but that scenario changes all too quickly. Nubian vampiress Arianna (Denise Boutte - Meet the Browns (2009), Extreme Movie (2008), Why Did I Get Married? (2007), Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill (2004)) gives Sebastian hope of ridding Van Helsing from earth. A turning vampire shows up at the hospital, and Van Helsing gets his first lead. Van Helsing soon gathers his crew of vampire hunters and so the movie’s intensity heightens, and I find myself anxiously waiting to see what happens next.
The movie overall was an okay watch that did have its good moments as well as bad moments. I gave this movie a four because it had a little too much sexual content that was not needed, and the movie fell short in many areas. The movie was filled with plot holes and unexplained characters. There was sound issues, set mishaps, a lot of goofs, terrible acting from the actors and a poor screenplay. I am not sure why I did not give this movie a lower score, but it is something that I will not watch again.
About Way of the Vampire (2005)
Starring: Rhett Giles, Edward DeRuiter, Claudia Katz, Andreas Beckett, Jared Cohn, Zach Weiner, Amanda Ward, Lisa Clark, Richard Miranda, Paul Logan, Brent Falco, Matt Dallas, Reza Javidi, Nadra Macuish, Austin Kemie, Brian Nichols, Duncan MacLaren, Ed Flanagan, Grant Schmidt, Shannon Kemp, Lino Zamudio, Amir Solsky, Denise Boutte, Beau Ioana, Sehara Kohpar, Alex Staniloff, Lawrence Sara, Mark Merlmelstein, Roland Trafton, Anthony Turk
Director: Sarah Nean Bruce, Eduardo Durão
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