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Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 40

Based on a classic anime series, Blood: The Last Vampire is a tedious, shoddily acted, amateurish picture that loses all charm in the transition to live-action.

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 13

Based on a classic anime series, Blood: The Last Vampire is a tedious, shoddily acted, amateurish picture that loses all charm in the transition to live-action.

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On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year old girl, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400 year-old "halfling". Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner, obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent to an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization for whom she works, Saya immediately

Oct 20, 2009

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (40) | DVD (3)

Often-unwatchably dim.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Watch True Blood, Let the Right One In or Twilight instead. Or wait for Thirst or New Moon or Daybreakers or ...

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (3)
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Not only isn't the new effort up to the standards of the anime, it's bloody awful by any standard.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This live-action update of a popular Japanese anime film from 2000 has a heart full of mythology, but its fangs are dulled by an anemic script and clumsy action sequences that are notable mostly for an excess of cheese, not blood.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The peculiar, comic-book-like computer graphics -- artful at first -- finally overtake Blood and make it look like a video game instead of a graceful, graphic martial arts movie.

July 10, 2009
Washington Post
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Suffers from abusive close-ups, repetitive fight sequences and uninspired demon design.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The dialogue is horrible (sample exchange: "Little bitch is out of control"), the acting is worse.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

... a bizarre mix of sensibilities that falls apart into a mess of cultural cues. The result is as tone deaf as the confused accents.

October 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Feels like one of those Underworld sequels, but with a samurai-wielding Japanese schoolgirl instead of the tight leather outfits . . .

October 14, 2009
fantastiqueZINE

I think this is a world-class film! It contains great martial arts and great storytelling, and it turns the vampire genre on its ear.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly | Comment (1)
Sci-Fi Weekly

Really, is there supposed to be any entertainment value in this thing, or is it meant to be a ponderously stupid endurance test?

July 29, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

So laughably awful that it easily qualifies for so-bad-it's-good status.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment from Japanese animation studio Production I.G, director Chris Nahon captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The best thing that can come from this film is that it will be so poorly received both by critics and audiences that it will put a damper on Hollywood's current interest in remaking anime.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

As good as any Hollywood movie, which is to say it's got lousy visual effects and generic dialogue. Since we're already forgiving that anyway, there's enough engaging action to make it plenty fun and entertaining.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Can Magazine | Comment (1)
Can Magazine

Slashing swords, splashing blood, and flashy CGI - not to mention a hot chick in school uniform - sound like a cool combination, but the life bleeds out of Blood: The Last Vampire long before the final reel.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

If you're not familiar with this kind of live-action anime in general, Blood isn't a bad place to start, but for diehard fans it's a lot of been-there-done-that.

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An stew of international genre influences that plays like a Vietnam-era cross between Blade and TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with elaborate martial arts sequences.

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Horror Hacker
Horror Hacker

Ever wish for a cinematic slushie of Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the cheesiest vampire movie ever made? Welcome to Blood: The Last Vampire.

July 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Blood: The Last Vampire feels both derivative and strangely amateurish, an awkward blend of Hong Kong-style combat set pieces and clumsy English-language dialogue scenes that verge on laughable.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Blood: The Last Vampire

This was a really good attempt at a very cool story. The fight scenes were really quite fun to watch. The girl that played Saya did a bang-up job. The computer generated scenes could have been better, and the scenes with the flying demoms made me kind of snicker. I have to say, the entire time that I was watching this movie I kept thinking to myself that if a kick-butt producer/director got a hold of this story it could be awesome. Let's hope that happens someday. But, until then, this attempt was not too shabby
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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A warrior vampire in 1970s Japan finally tracks down the demon who murdered her father she has been seeking for hundreds of years. Obviously trying very hard to trade on the popularity of Crouching Tiger and its ilk, Blood: The Last Vampire actually feels far more like Blade or Underworld than the nouveau martial arts films of Ang Lee or his contemporaries. In fact it has more than a little of the Buffy the Vampire Slayers about it, as a high school girl dons a school uniform and sets about chopping up vampire-like monsters in some gaudily shot, over-directed action scenes mixed with some rather ham fisted melodrama. Every part of the film is very derivative, and the plot doesn't really hang together; the ending in particular is very unsatisfying. It does have a couple of decent action sequences, but it's a bit too gimmicky, a bit too messy and a bit too cheap looking to stand out in a hugely overpopulated market place.
June 17, 2010
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I liked the fight scenes. Trying to figure out who was the bad guys and who was the good guys was quite difficult. Maybe if I watch it three times.
June 13, 2010
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