Blood Sucking Crusader
Release Date: April 27, 2001
Starring: Kerr Smith, Brendan Fehr,
Johnathan Schaech, Carrie
Snodgress, & Izabella Miko
Audience: Teenagers & young adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony
Director: J. S. Cardone
Producer: Carol Kottenbrook & Scott
Writer: J. S. Cardone
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THE FORSAKEN tells what happens when two young men, Sean and Nick, run into an evil vampire in Southwest America. Sean is minding his own business when Nick enlists his help in fighting the vampire. Sean gets bitten by one of the vampire’s victims, a young woman named Megan. Nick tells Sean that he now has some kind of virus from the bite, a virus that can only be staved off by a cocktail of drugs, much like the AIDS virus. Nick, who was bitten nine months from the time he meets Sean, tells Sean that he learned about the maintenance regimen from a hospital intern who was also infected. Nick has made it his job to kill the vampire, which he says will relieve the vampire’s victims from a curse that goes back to the Crusades, when eight defeated knights sold their souls to a powerful demon. Nick believes the vampire he’s chasing is one of those original knights and is the primary source of his own infection.
Nick plans to use Megan to lure the vampire to holy ground, a local Christian mission, where he must decapitate the vampire or expose him to the deadly light of the sun. Sean takes pity on Megan and asks Nick to let him, Sean, be the lure. This means Sean must avoid taking the drug cocktail so that his infected blood, which provides a kind of ESP homing signal for the vampire, can lead the vampire to them.
Vampire movies present a provocative moral and theological conundrum. They usually postulate that, when an evil vampire bites you, he can condemn your soul to the ranks of the undead forever, against both your will and the Will of God.
This concept, of course, seems to violate biblical principles of free will and the Free Gift of God’s Grace to all sinners. Thus, the idea that an evil personal being (a vampire) can condemn people against their will to an eternal life of evil is not a biblical one. Vampire movies, therefore, seem to show us that the belief by some people that God predestines some people to reject Him against their will makes God the author of evil, not the loving God which the Bible describes. If God really does predestine people to sin completely against their will, He would be like an evil vampire, a Divine Dracula who must be destroyed. Thank God, we don’t serve such an evil creature. Thank God, we serve a Divine Being Who “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:4. A God Who “is patient with [us], not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9. In a truly biblical worldview, no one is really forsaken by God.
By mixing medical science with the vampire myth, and turning the bite of the vampire into a blood disease, THE FORSAKEN would seem to avoid these moral and theological issues. It does not really, however, because, unless the person bitten by the vampire kills the primary source of his or her infection, he or she will eventually be condemned to an eternal life of evil against their will.
THE FORSAKEN has lots of spooky atmosphere, but the story and characters are a little weak. Not much is revealed to the audience about the motivations of the lead vampire, who has little of the seductive charisma of the best movie vampires. Consequently, the story just comes down to “kill the vampire before he kills us.” So, who would want to see such a movie, even among fans of the genre?
THE FORSAKEN contains some redemptive elements, however. For instance, unlike Nick, who does not seem to care about the other victims of the vampires, Sean is willing to sacrifice, potentially, his life to help Megan and even to help Nick. Thus, instead of making Megan the lure, Sean makes himself the lure by refusing to take the drug cocktail that staves off the evil virus. Those redemptive elements and the fact that the movie definitely sides with the cause of defeating the evil vampire leader, who sold his soul to the Powers of Darkness, give THE FORSAKEN a mild Christian worldview with redemptive and moral elements.
Regrettably, THE FORSAKEN also contains plenty of strong foul language, even obscenities and profanities spoken by the two male heroes. The movie also depicts much extreme, bloody violence, especially in the climactic battle. There are also scenes with frank nudity and a highly obscured fornication scene between the lead vampire and one of his female companions. MOVIEGUIDE®, therefore, cannot recommend this horror movie, despite its positive worldview.
THE FORSAKEN contains some redemptive elements. For instance, unlike Nick, who does not seem to care about the female victim of the vampire, Sean is willing to sacrifice, potentially, his life to help her and even to help Nick. Those redemptive elements, and the fact that the movie definitely sides with the cause of defeating the evil vampire leader, who sold his soul to the Powers of Darkness, give THE FORSAKEN a mild Christian worldview with redemptive and moral elements. Regrettably, THE FORSAKEN also contains plenty of strong foul language, some frank nudity and extreme, bloody violence. MOVIEGUIDE®, therefore, cannot recommend this horror movie, despite its positive worldview