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Vampires:
Los Muertos

review by Chad Peter

 

 

Rating: R

Running Time: 94 Minutes

Starring: Jon Bon Jovi, Cristian De La Fuente, Arly Jover, Darius McCrary and Natasha Wagner

Written and Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

 

Studio: Columbia/Tri-Star

Retail Price: $24.95

Features: Theatrical Trailers, Director's Commentary

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Screen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Subtiles, French Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles and Korean Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: September 24th, 2002

 

 

"Vampires: Los Muertos" is a film totally destined for doom. However, being the sequel of the film, "Vampires" (which wasn't particularly great itself),

"Vampires: Los Muertos" is basically the same kind of "blah" film that its predecessor was. These aren't inspiring films, they aren't stupid films, they're just there.

So, here's Jon Bon Jovi playing a surfer-gone-vampire-hunter. He's put on the path of a string of vampire massacres and it's his job as our hero to go out and kill them all. Along the way, he meets a string of others that join him in his quest, and then we have the ultimate showdown with the badguy (or girl, in this case) and they all team up to kill the big bad vampire.

The end.

Somehow, when we sit down to watch a film like this, we expect certain things to happen and usually the do. *Some* things in this film surprised me. For one, all of the main group of characters -- excluding the ONE burly black guy -- survive. At the same time they're killing off the one black cast member, but keeping the rest -- most certainly fitting to the stereotype that the lone black dude must be the one to die. On the other hand, we have a cast of characters that isn't used to slaughter or exploit. So, in the end, we're all left at the middle point (the "blah" point). We're all so half-surprised and half-bored that we're just content.

Technically, this film isn't too shabby. Good lighting and good technique have been put to use here, and, for once on a horror film, the director hasn't totally sold out. The downfalls lie in the acting and lack of a great screen presense.

 

What a crisp and nice looking transfer! Apparently they mastered "Vampires: Los Muertos" in High Definition, and it certainly shows. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio certainly helped the film if anything, and the art direction of the film was particularly dusty and bland, which led to an interesting deserted Mexico feel to the movie.

Now if only the visuals were more exciting to begin with.

 

The audio editing here and there tended to be out of order with the action. This wasn't a problem with transferring, but with the editor themselves simply placing the sound too far behind or too far ahead. Fortunately, this only happens twice (from what I could tell) and eventually you forget about it entirely.

The 5.1 Dolby tracks weren't put to full use, but they did add to the scenary at some moments. Generally, the differences between the 5.1 and the usual 2.0 isn't too large, if anything.

 

The director's commentary has also been slapped on this puppy, but after watching the movie, you (like I) probably wont have the ambition or care to watch it again and hear what he has to say. Trailers are also included.

 

Yet another review and yet another uninspiring movie. "Vampires: Los Muertos" is for burnt out Bon Jovi and Vampire movie fans only.