Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) Movie Review

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Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Blood: The Last Vampire Plot Synopsis:

In 1970, the four hundred year-old skilled samurai Saya is sent to the Kanto High School in an American military base in Tokyo by the Council, a secret society that has been hunting vampires for centuries. Saya has the appearance of a teenager but is the tormented half-breed creature with the soul of her human father and the powers and need of blood of her vampire mother. She is obsessed to face the powerful demon Onigen that killed her father. In the base, Saya saves Alice McKee, who is the daughter of General McKee and commander of the base, from the attack of several vampires. When General McKee is killed by a member of the Council, Alice runs to the hotel where Saya is lodged. They join forces and go to the countryside to chase Onigen.

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) Review

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) is directed by Chris Nahon and is the live action movie adaptation of the popular anime horror series Blood. Blood: The Last Vampire had an estimated movie budget of $30 million and grossed only $256,681 at the US box office.

Blood: The Last Vampire is the story of Saya (Ji-hyun Jun) who is a warrior fighting a war against the evil Onigen (Koyuki). A secret organization is known as the Council aids Saya in this war against Onigen by providing the necessary resources. Saya enlists in a Japanese school on an American military base where she suspects underlings of Onigen are killing people. Saya does all of this so she can track down Onigen and complete her mission, destroy the source of the monsters.

Blood: The Last Vampire takes a lot of the story from the 48 minute Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) animated film and extends on that. The actors and the director did an incredible job trying to fill in so much story and the final showdown with Saya vs. Onigen, leading me to my issue with this film. There is too much info to throw at the average viewer without them getting lost easily. I am a fan of the anime, and I had to explain a good bit of the story to my fellow viewers. I commend the director and screenplay writer (Chris Chow) for the amount of fan service they tried to pack into this film, especially in an hour and thirty-minute runtime. This film needed to have at least a half hour more to pace and little better.

  • Blood: The Last Vampire Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 4.75
  • IMDB: 5.3
  • MetaCritic: 2.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.5

About Blood: The Last Vampire 2009

Title: Blood: The Last Vampire
Year: 2009
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.37/5 stars from 13,838 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13,838
MPAA Rating: R
Blood: The Last Vampire Cast Starring: Andrew Pleavin, Liam Cunningham, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon, Khary Payton, Joey Anaya, Allison Miller, Larry Lamb, Dennis Smith, Maria Luz Paez, Santiago Alonso, Ailish O'Connor, Johanna Eberle, Héctor Alonso, Matthew Walz, Chris Nahon, Gianna Jun, Chun Yihe, Laura Brugnoni, Yonggang Huang, Lai Ziyang, Mercela Kawashita, Cecilia Reynal, JJ Feild, Alberto Silva, Gabriel Hausberger, Rebecca Lee, Koyuki, Luis Sabatini, Xu Yang
Blood: The Last Vampire Writers: Chris Chow, Kenji Kamiyama, Katsuya Terada
Blood: The Last Vampire Director: Chris Nahon
Box Office: $192,005
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Language: English, Japanese
Country: Hong Kong, France, China