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Vampires: The Turning (2005)

An American muay-thai fighter in Thailand must join forces with a group of vampire hunters to track down and kill a vampire lord who has kidnapped his gilfriend.

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Martin Jay Weiss (as Marty Weiss)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Egglesfield ... Connor
Stephanie Chao ... Sang
Roger Yuan ... Kiko
Patrick Bauchau ... Raines
Dom Hetrakul Dom Hetrakul ... Niran
Meredith Monroe ... Amanda
Nophand Boonyai Nophand Boonyai ... Suwan
Jarun Petchjaren Jarun Petchjaren ... Moo
Chakapan Ponyong Chakapan Ponyong ... Slayer #1
Panu Niamchompoo Panu Niamchompoo ... Slayer #2
Sira Kuankaew Sira Kuankaew ... Slayer #3
Arucchaporn Satesh Arucchaporn Satesh ... Old Woman
Kamonmarn Chuachai Kamonmarn Chuachai ... Receptionist
Kasama Nissaipan Kasama Nissaipan ... Thai Policeman
Sakon Palvanichakul Sakon Palvanichakul ... Tuk Tuk Driver
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Storyline

In Thailand, the Americans Connor and his girlfriend Amanda quarrel in a Muay-Thai fight, and Amanda leaves Connor alone. She asks the direction of the hotel to a stranger, indeed the mean vampire Niran, and she is bitten and kidnapped by his gang of evil vampires in motorcycles. Connor joins to a clan of "good" vampires leaded by Sang, trying to save Amanda from the claws of Niran. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From the one ... Came the many. See more »


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Rated R for violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampires III: Temple of Blood See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vampires (1998) director John Carpenter was listed as Executive Producer in early publicity material for this film. However his name does not appear on the final credits, instead replaced by J.S. Cardone. See more »

Goofs

When Amanda is bitten in the alleyway you can see the end of the tube where the fake blood is pumped from and the line of blood from it as the Vampire pulls back, it is then visible again when he goes to take another bite. See more »

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Follows Vampires (1998) See more »

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You take the good, you take the bad...

...and you kill an hour and a half. Despite the low score on IMDb, this movie is not a 4-out-of-10 vampire movie. Anyone who thinks it is does not know the depths to which vampire flicks can sink. This was a (mostly) competently acted movie with good production value and fun martial arts. Rather than lots of bad SFX, we get a few okay SFX (mostly freaky contacts, fangs and dead-vampire-melting) a net gain in my book. It's predictable, but most vampire movies are, and there are no gaping plot holes, or at least not larger than in most movies.

That said, it's not Hamlet, at least not well-acted Hamlet. The main actor isn't particularly charismatic, and seems to have one basic expression throughout the movie, which I read as "fierce determination," but at least he *has* a facial expression (try van Helsing in "Way of the Vampire" for the alternative), and it fits with his mental state for most of the stuff. Stephanie Chao is no great shakes either, but she's pretty, and has a natural sincerity to her voice that makes up for some of her lack of emotion. They should have given Meredith Monroe more to do.

This is, too, only a bastard step-child (yes, that's what I meant) of John Carpenter's Vampires. It has a new origin of vampires that is not really compatible at all with the original. It does keep the winch, but it looks like they put it in just to prove some kind of family resemblance. If the producers actually paid anything to get in on this franchise, it was a waste of money, since they didn't bother to put in any element (other than the winch) from the original.

Overall, It's far from the worst such movie, but not nearly among the best. If you like vampires and kung fu, and movies with a photogenic cast, this is a good way to waste 84 minutes, especially if you've got some kind of unlimited rentals. Just don't go out of your way unless you're a genre fan.


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