The direct-to-DVD remake of the 1990s erotic vampire horror film is, much like the original, a mixed bag. On one hand, it has some beautiful new up-and-coming actresses showing off their more sensual sides, being aided by some top-notch vampire special effects. But on the other, the last twenty minutes or so of the film seems to suffer from the unfortunately all-to-true stereotypical low budget B-horror flick fatal flaw of not enough money and nowhere to go but down. That is, the ending, if you'll forgive the terrible pun, sucks.
But the movie is not a complete waste. In fact, indie director Carl Bessai does a pretty good job with what he's given in terms of a screenplay and a talent pool to portray his cast. Newcomers and TV stars Sharon Hinnendael, Kaniehtiio Horn, C. C. Sheffield, Chelsey Reist, Victor Webster, Robert Moloney, Ryan Kennedy, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Olivia Cheng do a decent job delivering cliched lines and advancing the plot. But this movie's lack of star power (not to mention lack of a theatrical release) should spell doom to anyone who is not a hardcore vampire fanatic. The simplistic (yet somehow incomplete) plot puts audiences in a believable, albeit predictable world full of horny coeds, creepy professors, and ancient vampire curses. And, of course, lots of hazing and drinking.
Fans of the original will feel like this is a loyal remake, even if it seems to be, on the surface, a slightly unnecessary one. New viewers will be intrigued by the special effects and genuine chemistry between the film's two leads, but a slightly out-of-nowhere alcohol-induced sexual encounter about half-way through the movie will turn quite a few viewers off. The film, unfortunately, never completely finds its footing and decides if it wants to be a vampire film, a tragic romance, or just a really well-acted series of scenes that culminate in a violent and gory bloodbath. Needless to say, it's not the best this genre has to offer, but there are certainly enough positives to outweigh the negatives. It is certainly worth a watch as we roll closer to Halloween.