One has to give the film Corbin Nash credit for trying to do something a little different with the vampire genre and for setting the film up to be the first in a series, but only just a little. There is very little good to be found within and of course, there is some bad to go along with it and as such it never quite lives up to its potential, though the makers of this film do give it what one can only assume was their best shot.
The movie begins with a voice-over from Malcom McDowell and introduces Dean S. Jagger as the one and only Corbin Nash as well as two vampires, one of whom is played by Corey Feldman in one of the better roles he has had in quite some time. Nash is a cop who soon has a run in with Rutger Hauer who in turn tells him the truth about his parents, about vampires and that his destiny does not lie in what he is currently doing. So it is that Nash sets out to find the truth and along the way he gets kidnapped, finds the monster responsible for his parent’s death, is forced to participate in a vampire fight club and is finally essentially killed and reborn as one of the undead, setting out to kill Queeny, the character Feldman plays.
First off, there is a lot of bad – from the script to effects to the lacklustre performances from Hauer and McDowell who just phone it in. Jagger is wooden in his delivery, failing to sell his character in any way, shape or form. One of the worst things about Nash is that he had to get his name tattooed across his chest, like nobody would know who he was. It almost strikes the viewer as farcical, like the name had to be there in case the audience forgot who he was or so the bad guys would know who they were fighting. As it is, for a leading man Jagger looks the part and has the physical presence needed, especially for a movie such as this, he just could not pull it off. In all fairness though, there are actors that are far worse than him. Some of the special effects are lacking and having to resort to slow motion in certain scenes seems a little desperate and highly played out in this day and age.
There is a little bit of a diamond in the rough though, namely Feldman who plays the perfect villain, a little over the top perhaps and highly exaggerated as to be cringe-worthy, but making the role his own and having fun with it. One of the better parts was this hidden vampire society, which is just barely touched upon and it would have made a far better movie had the film gone deeper into it. Aside from that though, the picture is like a poor man’s Blade, made with none of the heart or passion and none of the talent. If they had hired Kevin Nash to play the lead, it probably would have been worth the time.
Unless completely desperate, skip this and watch something else. Anything else.
1 out of 5