Cast: Dean S. Jagger, Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Fernanda Romero, Richard Wagner, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davison
Written by: Ben Jagger, Dean S. Jagger, Christopher P. Taylor
Directed by: Ben Jagger
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Reviewed by: Philip Wade
“An NYPD Cop transfers to LA in search of his parent’s killer only to be murdered & reborn the ultimate killer!” Reads the tagline for this movie.
The tagline and trailer paint this movie like it’s going to be a hero’s journey of discovery and purpose leading into a climactic and epic showdown. However, upon viewing, what we get from the movie is: Our main character talks, plods, talks, fights and talks up to an almost exciting epic letdown.
The movie begins with our title character, Corbin Nash (Drake S. Jagger) being dumped bloody and bruised in an alley where he is found by a stripper (Fernanda Romero) he once saved. Through flashbacks we learn Corbin was captured by Queeny (Corey Feldmen) a crossdressing vampire whose lover Vince, (Richard Wagner) loves to watch Queeny do his thing, whether that is having sex with strangers or eating them.
I wanted to like this movie. It sounded like it might be part Blade, Spawn, Grimm, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Forever Knight or several other exciting supernatural stories where one person battles the forces of evil after finding out they’re special or at least a new kind of monster.
The problem with this movie however, is that it plays out like some junior high school fantasy where a bunch of kids threw ideas they thought sounded into a pot and mixed it up thinking they’d get a great story.
The trailer for this movie made this movie look exciting, but all the exciting parts from the movie, are in the trailer. Big name actors, who are not in the main body of the film are just catalysts to a character who has almost no character or charisma. Corbin Nash doesn’t have to work to get his answers, answers are just handed to him. He doesn’t investigate or turn over rocks on his quest, he reads a bulletin board, says ‘a-ha I have you,’ runs out and beats up the right guy, who gives up the right people. The answers are too convenient.
Corbin is then captured, but that is so he can talk to a guy who has all the answers. His only real struggle is to show off how great of a fighter he is. Corbin is eventually ‘reborn’ the ultimate killer, or so we are told where he quickly dispatches bad guys in the last fifteen minutes of the film. If he has abilities, they don’t seem to get shown. Even Queeny and Vince at some point were made to look like they might have some sort of high speed ability.
Corbin Nash’s transformation is underwhelming and the ending predictable.
Having said all that, some parts of this movie that were okay. Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davison and Malcolm McDowell for what little time they’re on screen are excellent at what they do. Each delivered their parts with the weight and gravitas you’d expect. The only shame is they don’t play big roles in this movie. McDowell’s part is a little bigger, but not much.
Corey Feldmen’s Queeny is creepy. Like Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs, he has some screws loose that make him unpredictable and dangerous especially when you give him the powers of a vampire. Some may think his performance is a little too much like Buffalo Bill, but there is some subtly and humanity that comes through.
Corbin Nash is too predictable and has been done better elsewhere. If you want to see Corey Feldmen be a creep give this a try, otherwise I’d avoid it.