09/12/23 Lionsgate has announced it will release Bloodthirst on DVD 10/31/23
In a post apocalyptic world run by vampires, only the strong survive. John Shepard, Vampire Hunter, is one of them. John has to track down and eliminate the master vampire before he himself gets turned.
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
1H 29M
Michael Su
Costas Mandylor, Tara Reid, Robert LaSardo

Bloodthirst, now available on DVD from Lionsgate, is a movie that thrusts viewers into a bleak post-apocalyptic future where vampires and humans are locked in a relentless battle for survival. With the vampires reigning supreme, humanity stands on the brink of extinction, as the vampires hunt for their dwindling source of sustenance - human blood. In this dire situation, a group of human factions comes together to hunt down the vampire leader and end their reign of terror, and a vampire hunter arrives to aid them in their quest.

The first thing that stands out in Bloodthirst is the dialogue, and not in a positive way. Unfortunately, the script falls short, resulting in some cringe-worthy lines and interactions. The acting doesn't fare much better, with performances that often feel forced and unconvincing. One might argue that in a post-apocalyptic world, one shouldn't expect Shakespearean monologues, but the dialogue and acting in Bloodthirst are particularly lackluster.

On the brighter side, the sound design is serviceable, although the decision to filter the voices of the vampires can be grating after a while. This effect, intended to make the vampires sound more menacing, might wear thin on viewers, detracting from the overall viewing experience.

Where Bloodthirst shines is in its visual presentation. Despite its low budget, the movie manages to deliver a post-apocalyptic world with a degree of authenticity. The set design, costumes, and practical effects create an immersive and believable backdrop for the story. In this department, the filmmakers have made the most of their limited resources.

The movie also benefits from the presence of recognizable actors like Costas Mandylor, Tara Reid, and Robert LaSardo. While none of them deliver award-winning performances, they contribute to the film with reasonably competent acting that doesn't elevate or ruin the viewing experience.

Bloodthirst, despite its flaws, isn't a terrible movie. It has a low-budget feel that may limit its appeal to a niche audience. The pacing can be slow at times, and the overall execution leaves much to be desired. However, the visual elements and the commitment of the cast to the material help it tread water in the realm of post-apocalyptic vampire flicks.

In the end, Bloodthirst is far from a masterpiece, but it manages to offer a modestly engaging experience for those who can overlook its shortcomings. I would give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars, making it a watchable but ultimately forgettable entry in the post-apocalyptic genre.