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DVD Review: BloodRayne 2: Deliverance – Director’s Cut

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Based on a computer/console video game franchise developed by Terminal Reality, BloodRayne 2: Deliverance doesn’t quite pick up after the first BloodRayne movie. Several hundred years have passed, and Rayne seems to have become a cowboy, er, cowgirl, in the meantime. Maybe a bounty hunter. I’m not quite sure because it was never revealed. With the time jump, the franchise gets even more convoluted and – to a degree – confusing.

Rayne is a dhampir, a cross between a vampire and a human, and her father was a Vampire King. In the original video game, Rayne was battling Nazis, and those are supposed to be the villains in the third movie. The sequel video game, which is included with the DVD to up the value packaging of the film, takes place in the present.

As it turns out, Rayne (Natassia Malthe) has come hunting Billy the Kid (Zack Ward) because, as everyone knows, Billy the Kid is a vampire hundreds of years old. She ends up riding with Pat Garrett (Michael Pare), who is a member of the Brimstone Society, the group of vampire hunters that’s been around for hundreds of years.

Billy the Kid has ridden into the small town of Deliverance where he hopes to turn the children into vampires in time to take over the area. A train is about to start coming through the town and he’ll have access to rapid transportation for his vampire gunslingers. Unfortunately for him, two of the kids he’s captured were the children of Rayne’s friends.

There’s no way to know how or when Rayne got to meet these friends, but she has them. As soon as she knows that Billy the Kid’s responsible for the deaths of the parents and the capture of the children, she rides off to mete out justice. She also meets Pat Garrett, who is hot on the trail of Billy the Kid himself. He offers to join forces, but – of course – she passes on that.

In Deliverance, it doesn’t take Rayne long to get into more trouble than she can handle. She’s quickly overcome and tossed into jail to be hung later.

The movie, even though it was billed as a horror-Western, really weighs in more heavily as a Western. The dialogue and the plot’s movements and pacing pretty much mirror every B Western movie ever filmed. The hero confronts the villain, has to escape and regroup, then go out to recruit a group to come back and storm the villain’s stronghold.

There’s not much plot here, and even less character building. Thankfully Malthe can carry the barely-there costume and looks good doing martial arts. For some reason, though, the costume on the DVD cover actually looks more skimpy than the one she wears in the movie, and I honestly had to wonder if the DVD cover costume was just airbrushed in.

If you’re not expecting much from the film, and I wasn’t wanting anything more than a diversion with some martial arts mayhem, gunplay, snappy dialogue, and a hawt heroine, you’ll probably get your money’s worth. This is a DVD to sit down with your buddies with over a bowl of popcorn and prepare to lampoon the plot, the predictability, the pacing, and the characterization. That’s what you do with campy horror movies.

I liked some of the look of the film. There were parts that had an edgy otherworldliness to them that worked. But even that was cheapened by the weak theatrics. One of the best parts was the trap Billy the Kid set for Rayne when he had the kids she’d come to save strung up from nooses. (Even that stretched credulity, though, because then you had to ask yourself why he’d go to all the trouble if he knew she was coming back. Why not set a better trap to kill her before she even got back into Deliverance?)

Unfortunately, both the beginning of the film and the end of it have fuzzy footage. I don’t know what caused that, but it looks like straight footage you’d get off an ill-focused handheld video camera. I was entirely too aware of a film being shot and thinking how I would have tried to fix that than to enjoy the scenes.

This is director Uwe Boll’s fourth movie adaptation, after Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead. Boll, and his projects, have all been the subject of heated discussion. There are plans for a third BloodRayne movie in the works.

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