BloodRayne is boiling off of a story line drawn more or less from Stoker's The Moonstone, an inspired choice, as these two tales are nothing if not kindred spirits. Both are love stories, both are obsession of the first order. But where Stoker's tale centers on the agonizing, if facile, moral dilemma of a woman whose inheritance is spent by her philandering, but unfaithful husband, BloodRayne's thread revolves around a genetically-engineered vampire--though not several centuries old--who makes a home for herself among the small mountain clan she just happens to share the name of. The two most distantly related story lines in cinema history could not be more completely set at odds with each other, but Boll (the knife is invisible) seems to be suggesting that his version is more the better story because it's more interesting--and less burdened by the imperatives of a story conceived just for the purpose of being a story, rather than the counter to a stale convention designed to debunk that cliché. It's a useful mantra, but nothing more. By this point in my life, I've got a lot more experience handling the slack-jawed, blood-spattered run of the mill than I do in the Twilight Zone. After all these years, it doesn't get any easier to avoid the ploy. I admit I prefer the angelic ilk to the bloody ones, and the more humorously petulant Katherine Heigl to the heroines who can only make out through less important characters' mouths and need to be treated like sick puppies to survive. That's no poetic license, just a matter of personal preference.
BloodRayne, in its smaller, less ambitious way, looks great. Its greatest asset is a creature first seen crawling out of the bushes like the dog you wouldn't beat. But it's garbage, not just as campy pageantry, but every bit as bad. The sets are vaguely interesting (the mountain village being a hokey, ancient-looking version of one that you imagine would be the equivalent of Bava's normal hokum) and the better effects work is worth a laugh or two. It's the script (which badly needs something more than the usual run-arounds) and the direction that cause the most problems. 7211a4ac4a