Meet Billy the Kid. He’s a gun-toting, leather clad bloodsucker with a mean streak. He enslaves men, kills women and snacks on kids. He’s a cool cat, intent on creating a vampire army in the little town of Deliverance. The big problem with his plan is the blade-wielding redhead who just rode into town.
Bloodrayne (Malthe) is a calm, centuries-old vampire killer. She is a Dhamfir, half-human, half-vampire, and part of the organization called “Brimstone”. She has lightning reflexes, an experienced trigger finger, and a talent with her twin blades.
Rayne has been on the hunt for well-known vampires for a long time. When she picks up the trail of Billy the Kid, it’s clear their two roads will intersect, and only one will continue from there.
Things don’t go well for Rayne until she partners up with Pat Garret (Pare’) and gathers a posse to take down the vamps. The problem with that is it creates a degree of weakness in Rayne, as she relies on others to save her tail quite a few times. There isn’t really a good stretch where she comes off as a legitimate bad-ass.
Zach Ward plays Billy the Kid, and just as he pummeled poor Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”, he gets to beat on Rayne as well. Though, when she gets revenge, it isn’t with flying mittens and a stream of profanity.
While most of the acting is inhibited by fangs or bad accents, Chris Coppola’s performance as Newton Miles is enthusiastic and thoroughly entertaining. He provides the spark that turns the tide with the townsfolk. Brendan Fletcher’s Muller is fiery in his brief role. Michael Eklund very clearly enjoys his role as The Preacher.
Injecting a vampire into a western isn’t new (see “From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter” or John Carpenter’s “Vampires”), but Bloodrayne 2 throws in some new wrinkles. Far more Western than horror, this film uses more guns than fangs, and includes real historical figures in its cast.
Boll’s stated influence from directors Sergio Leone and John Ford is obvious in many elements of the film. As the writers state in their interview, it’s not about the action, it’s about the build-up to the action.
The elements of the film make for a pretty average western, with some Kung Fu Theater moments. In this case, the incredibly loud slaps are replaced by whooshing coats and vampire snarls (compliments of an overzealous post-production endeavor). Bonus points were awarded for the clever trap Rayne steps into when confronting Billy and attempting to save the children. Those who despise slow-motion gunfights should avoid this one like the plague.
The film benefits greatly from the original score by Jessica De Rooij. It’s the aspect of the film which most closely resembles the works of Sergio Leone.
The dialogue is modern (and incredibly profane), including some blunt lines at key moments. Quote of the film: “Newton, life is like a penis. When it's hard you get screwed. When it's soft, you can't beat it.” Close second: “Jesus Titty-fuck Christ”.
The Director’s Cut Unrated DVD includes a plush load of extras. Disc One contains deleted and extended scenes, a trailer for Postal, Interviews with Boll and the screenwriters and cast. The highlight of Disc One is the Bloodrayne: Tibetan Heights (Written by Troy Wall and penciled by Chad Hardin). Viewers can read in full page and zoom mode. This will serve for some insight for those who want to explore the source character more. Disc Two is the complete Bloodrayne video game.
In a reverse-porno movie move, Malthe actually looks better in the film than on the DVD cover. The film is shot in anamorphic widescreen, with English and Spanish subtitles. It carries a Mature rating.