Sadly I have to agree, found it in the video store recently. Thought wow a low budget Austrlaian Film makes it to the video shelves. Having been involved in another low budget film that has been picked up by a b-movie distrbutor, I thought I would give it a go.
I can't say enough about how truly bad it was. It was trying to be Blade, Angel, Buffy and every other vampire related movie or tv show ever made.
The accents were TERRIBLE. Ok if you want to do amercian accents, atleast take the time to get them down.
Technically it was quite good, but to me the most aspect of a low budget film is to have a good, original story and good acting. LArgely because that is all you really have with low budget. The fact that they apparently spent 1 million on it. Filming on digital, in Australia, I would expect so much more.
It's on the telly just now, as I'm typing this, and I have to agree - it's storytelling, character and plot that can make or break a film, not how much money you throw at it.
And you're right about the fake accents.
The image of a magpie comes to mind: the voice-over from Blade Runner, the odd bit of Reservoir Dogs/JohnWoo shoot-em-ups, and a genre that's been done to death. Little bits and pieces nicked from other films.
What's with the main character's name - Michael Dorn? Isn't he the guy who plays Worf in Star Trek - The Next Generation. Well, even if they got the real Michael Dorn to do this it wouldn't save it.
Near Dark is one of the best vampire movies ever. As for this one, it's not bad, but yea, the accents are horrific. Im watching as I type this, so I cant share a full opinion. If all you like are Lost Boys type generic vampire flicks that click closely to the classic rules of vampires, youll hate movies like this and Near Dark.
The fact that they apparently spent 1 million on it.
You got to be kidding? If they really got that much for making the movie, then i guess they used about 5.000 for the movie and the rest went into their pockets... This movie could have been done for next to nothing..
Near Dark is one of the best Vampire films ever made. Full stop.