(Adam Baldwin, Ellie Cornell, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2007 / Anchor Bay)
Overview: Welcome to an urban underworld of pleasure and pain where fleshfueled slaughter is the ultimate high. Matt Keeslar of DUNE and Clare Kramer of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER star as a pair of recovering drug addicts recruited by a clan of sex & gore crazed vampires led by the charismatic madman Darius (Jeremy Sisto of SIX FEET UNDER). But as each depraved ‘fix’ leads them deeper into hell, what will be the final price for the most horrific addiction of all?
DVD Verdict: The cover jacket says that this is a cross between 'Near Dark' and 'Requiem for a Dream.' This is fairly accurate because the vampires here act like blood is the drug and they're all addicts. The filming of this is disjointed, such as when they all go into a strip-bar to feed. They tear apart all the people there, dancers and patrons. But the camera jumps quickly from one to the other. None of the vampires have fangs, seemingly wishing to tear at the flesh of their vicitms. One even keeps running everyone through with a cane-sword.
The vampires are almost showered in blood. Such a mess is an obvious problem if they want to stay out of the sights of vampire hunters/police, so their solution, leave clues like they're Muslim extremists or a Satanic cult!!! And the guy doing this - Adam Baldwin - speaks with a Texan drawl, but he's supposed to be Palestinian!!! He sits there in his cowboy hat going through the Koran trying to find verses to leave around the crime site. This just makes it rather stupid. A hot duo of dark haired vampires seem to spend a lot of time topless and speaking in an intelligible grunting way that makes no sense!
Serena Scott Thomas wants to convert Clare Kramer who's in hospital dying of cancer. She hops onto Clare's bed, drooling something that might be blood, and bites into her in a sudden montage of imagery that's not erotic, but certainly confusing!
That all said, the depiction of vampirism as a drug type addiction was pretty cool and the spectacle of a couple vampires trying to kick the habit was my second favorite part of the film. My favorite part was the ending. After all the sex, after all the gore and the chase and the slaughter, this film ends with a tender finale that renews one's faith in the goodness of mankind. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Kasten
Full Motion Menues
Favorite Vampire Movies Featurette
Photo Gallery (includes production sketches)
'The Thirst' Making-of Documentary