The Forsaken


The Forsaken

Critics Consensus

It's all been done before, and done better.



Total Count: 54


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Genre writer/director J.S. Cardone crafts his own history of the vampire legend in this teen horror outing that takes place primarily in desert locations, à la Near Dark (1987) and Vampires (1998). Sean (Kerr Smith) is traveling across the desert to attend his sister's wedding when he picks up an unusual hitchhiker, Nick (Brendan Fehr). A vampire hunter, Nick soon has Sean embroiled in a battle between himself and a band of the undead creatures led by Kit (Johnathon Schaech). Caught in the middle of the supernatural shenanigans with Sean is Megan (Izabella Miko), who had been nearly turned into a vampire herself by Kit and his followers. Sean and Megan develop a romantic attachment, which encounters a further obstacle when Sean is infected with the vampire virus; only Kit's death can prevent Sean from permanently becoming one of the nosferatu.


Critic Reviews for The Forsaken

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Audience Reviews for The Forsaken

  • Oct 28, 2012
    Gritty and dark, The Forsaken is a frightening vampire thriller. The story follows a driver who's transporting a car to Miami, but runs afoul of a group of vampires when he picks up a hitchhiker that turns out to be a vampire hunter. The film has quite a unique vampire mythology, and the plot is rather interesting. However, the directing is weak and some of the acting is particularly poor. The Forsaken is entertaining and has a fair amount of action, but it has its share of problems too.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2012
    Kerr Smith is so gorgeous. Pretty bad movie, interesting premise, but awful script and cinematography. I watched the whole thing, but if it wasn't for Kerr I wouldn't have watched it. Cool title for the movie "The Forsaken" sounds so badass. Too bad it wasn't. Could've been though had I rewritten and directed it.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2011
    Pretty cool. I like how the ending sets it up for a sequel, but the protagonists are so genuinely likable, its a shame they never followed through and made The Forsaken 2. Check this out if you like vampire films.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    The Forsaken has got to be the best vampire flick since 1987's The Lost Boys. The film oozes of sexuality that made The Lost Boys such a great film. The Forsaken takes elements from a few classic vampire films, and combines them into one entertaining horror yarn. Though not original and lacking in serious talent, The Forsaken is a notch above recent vampire films such as Blade. Whats so great about this film is that it brings back all the elements of what made a vampire film so good. Flawed of course, but very entertaining, The Forsaken is one iof the better vampire films of recent memory. Combining elements of road movies such as The Hitcher with Near Dark, director J.S Cardone does a fairly good job at crafting a mildly scary horror film. The Forsaken can be seen as almost a return to form in the vampire genre because at this point in horror, vampire films had lost their touch, the traditional elements such as using a wooden stake through the heart, garlic and holy water. We had vampires that could walk through sunlight. All do respect, but wtf? Vampires are night creatures. They don't sparkle or walk through sunlight and live, they burn to death. The Forsaken embraces classic vampire lore with a modern day feel and the film is faithful to a true vampire film. Take it as you will, but considering the whole Twilight craze a few years after this film was released, at least we have a film like this to remind us that vampires were truly terrifying and NOT something to be twisted and manufactured to teenage girls. The Forsaken is a very good film and before one dismisses it, you should at least give this film a chance.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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