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Dave White Profile

God: the ultimate ninja master. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

A million Hail Marys won't fix this mess. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    A short, dour and stodgy creature feature with average 3D effects that draws on so many film influences from westerns, action adventures and sci-fi tales that what fun there is comes from spotting the many sources.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Its B-movie sins are many, worst among them an icy hero and a plot that feels like it was built from relics of other, better films.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Leslie Felperin

    Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Sci-fi vampire tale has weak characters, heavy violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based sci-fi vampire story has strong fantasy violence, especially in the graphically gory animated title sequence; it also has monster attacks, fighting, and weapons. The movie crams together bits and pieces of vampire lore, bleak futuristic imagery, and Western elements, as well as a negative attitude toward too-powerful organized religion. There's some brief sexual innuendo and one use of "f--k," though language in general is infrequent.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? Do you think all of it was necessary to the story? How does it compare to movies with more gore and blood? Which do you find scarier?
  • How does this movie compare to other vampire movies and TV shows? Why do you think vampires are so popular? Why do you think some are so much more violent than others?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's futuristic world as a whole is so depressing that kids are unlikely to come away with much hope. However, the main character doesn't really exhibit much problematic behavior; he appears to be a loner, but he does successfully team up with others, and together they manage to solve a large problem. But he's forced to disobey his superiors to rescue a family member and to help save humanity. The movie also takes a dismal view of powerful organized religion.

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    Role models: The main character is a priest and a vampire killer; while he's brave, resourceful, and responsible and works well with others, he's also very dour and depressed. He has trouble clinging to his faith, and he occasionally seems tempted by worldly pleasures, though he never succumbs.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Strong fantasy violence, with monster and vampire attacks, fighting, explosions, guns and shooting, knives and stabbing, plus other fantasy-type weapons. While the blood in most of the movie isn't overwhelming, an animated title sequence features extremely heavy gore. Plus, a vampire attacks a human and sucks his blood dry (he leaves the human with some white foam coming out of his mouth). And in another scene, a vampire seemingly pulls a man's heart out of his chest.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some slight sexual innuendo. A teen girl returns from "town" with the top button of her dress undone. Other characters discreetly discuss possible sexual encounters that may have occurred in the past.

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" is heard once; other language is also infrequent but includes "s--t," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," and "hell."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue