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Film / BloodRayne

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Based on the game of a same name, BloodRayne is the third video game movie by Uwe Boll, released in 2005, starring Kristanna Loken, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen, and Ben Kingsley. The screenplay was written by Guinevere Turner.

A pseudo-Prequel to the games, the film centers around the Dhampyr Rayne seeking to bring down her vampire father, Kagan. Instead of centering around killing Nazis, the first film is set around the Middle Ages and features a more laid back Rayne compared to her video game counterpart. But after all, Uwe Boll made this film and his faithfulness to source material has always been lacking.

Bloodrayne pretty much became the first franchise of films by Uwe Boll, as there are two sequels, BloodRayne II: Deliverance and BloodRayne: The Third Reich, and a fourth film is in development, rumored to be set in modern times.

This film contains the examples of:

  • Action Girl: Rayne, Katarin and other women (whether vampires or humans) are very capable fighters, usually as they wield swords.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Kagan, while still a monstrous bastard who raped and murdered Rayne’s mother, didn’t slaughter the rest of her family like he did in the games. He also isn’t a Serial Rapist who has done this to others.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Rayne isn’t nearly as bloodthirsty and hostile as she was in the games.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Kagan is the enemy of his daughter Rayne, seeking to use her for himself. Rayne however wants revenge on him as he had murdered her mother years before.
  • Attempted Rape: Rayne is almost raped by one of the circus workers, but during the quarrel some blood is drawn and her powers are awakened, resulting in her feeding on him fatally before she escapes.
  • Big Bad: Kagan, a powerful vampire with many human servants who seeks various artifacts that will make him immune to a vampire's weak spots, is the main villain of the film.
  • Bisexual Vampire: Rayne is shown as attracted by a female vampire early in the film, seducing her with a kiss and then feeding on her. Later on she has sex with Sebastian as well.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Rayne's signature weapons, which are inexplicably replaced with swords in the third film.
  • Child by Rape: According to Rayne, she was conceived by Kagan raping her human mother.
  • Dark Action Girl: Katarin becomes this after her Face–Heel Turn, while a couple female minor vampire characters are also fighters.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Near the end Rayne battles Katarin while the two of them are underwater, killing her. This is after Katarin pulled a Face–Heel Turn, betraying Brimstone, while Rayne is left the only women warrior with Vladimir and Sebastian.
  • Dhampyr: Rayne is the product of Kagan, a vampire, raping her human mother. She is shown to lack several vampire weaknesses (e.g. being able to walk in daytime) though not all, but has to feed on blood still, which gives her a strong Healing Factor.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Sebastian dies of his wound in Rayne's arms right before the end, refusing her offer of an Emergency Transformation to a vampire so he can live.
  • The Dragon: Domastir leads Kagan's human thralls, clearly being his chief lieutenant. He bluntly rejects an offer to betray him.
  • Dual Wielding: Rayne wields two blades, just like in the games.
  • Dull Surprise: You'll be amazed how nonchalant people can be about being stabbed or dismembered. According to Uwe Boll, Michael Madsen was drunk throughout the shoot. This somewhat explains his apathetic performance.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Meat Loaf as Leonid, who devours the scenery.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Katarin betrays Brimstone after Rayne's accepted in their ranks, whom she distrusts. She murders other Brimstone members, seeking the Heart for her father, a vampire, whom Katarin thinks can be the lesser evil versus Kagan.
  • Fanservice Extra: Many minor female characters wear revealing clothes showing their cleavage. Leonid is also surrounded by a group of naked, beautiful young women in his castle.
  • Flynning: Pretty much the only attacks that are actually aimed at anyone are the ones that kill them. Otherwise the sword fights are filled with things like swords being swung straight up or people casually twirling their swords several feet from anyone at all. In particular, while training with Sebastian, Rayne repeatedly attacks from six or seven feet away, even though her blades only reach about a foot past her hands.
  • Forced to Watch: Rayne, as a girl, could only watch from her hiding place as Kagan murdered her mother.
  • Fortune Teller: Rayne finds out about her Chosen One status when she meets one after she breaks free from the circus.
  • Gorn: The movie contains absurd amounts of graphic carnage, though it's obviously-gratuitous nature and obvious fakeness make it more narmy than anything.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Vladimir gets a thrall guard to enter his cell alone by pretending Sebastian has mysteriously disappeared. Naturally he then springs from hiding to overpower the thrall along with Vladimir and escape.
  • Hero Killer: Kagan personally stabs Vladmir through the heart.
  • In Name Only: The movie (and its sequel) has very little in common with the game, aside from the protagonist being a female Dhampyr named Rayne who fights her vampire father.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: The excessively-bloody violence is the only thing more gratuitous than the female nudity.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: The protagonists decapitate fallen vampires to make sure they're really dead.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • Vladmir gets captured and then stabbed through the heart and throughout his emotionless expression doesn't change at all.
    Linkara: My god, man, you're being stabbed! Don't you care?!
  • Missing Reflection: At a tavern, Sebastian notices that a man next to him casts no reflection which indicates one being a vampire, and stakes him on the spot.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rayne is a beautiful dhampyr who wears a top which shows her cleavage and bare stomach constantly, along with tight pants. She has a sex scene too with Sebastian where she shows her breasts.
  • Neck Snap: Rayne finishes Katarin this way.
  • No-Sell: The three body parts each make a vampire immune to one of their natural weakness.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: No one really sounds Romanian, but some of the cast - Michael Madsen, Matt Davis, Meat Loaf, and others - don't even try to disguise their modern American accents.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Unlike some of her castmates, Michelle Rodriguez at least tries to put on an accent. Unfortunately, it keeps fading in and out not only between scenes but sometimes even during one line of dialogue.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: For one thing, plain, ordinary water acts like Hollywood Acid on them. And, according to at least one shot, it also acts like it on their SHOES. It appears they can be killed with ordinary damage from swords (e.g. having their throat cut or stabbed in the heart), plus sunlight and holy objects (like crosses) harm them. Crossing water is also apparently fatal. Kagan is seeking objects that can counter all the weaknesses vampires have, to act unimpeded. Unlike in other works, they also often fight with ordinary weapons such as swords.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Rayne's mother was murdered long ago in her childhood. In the finale, she kills her birth father Kagen, who committed the murder and had conceived Rayne to begin with by raping her.
    • Sebastian's parents both became vampires. He was going to be slaughtered when Vladimir arrived, killing them both and saving him.
  • Patricide: Rayne kills Kagen, who had conceived her through rape and murdered her mother, as revenge.
  • Plot Coupon: Rayne and Kagan are looking for the holy (unholy?) body parts of an ancient vampire, that take away their weaknesses.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kagan raped Rayne’s mother to birth her and that, mixed with her later murder, is why Rayne hates and wants to kill him.
  • The Renfield: Powerful vampires here like Kagan have many human "thralls" in their service. They can do things a vampire can't, like moving in the daylight and crossing water, serving in return for being promised eternal life as vampires themselves for good service.
  • Sad-Times Montage: In the last 5 minutes of the Unrated Director's Cut, after Rayne kills Kagan and sits on the throne, the viewer is treated to about 3-4 minutes of slow motion shots of many of the gory kills in the film. However, it seems more like a special effects montage showcasing the over-the-top gore effects and the fight choreography.
  • Sex Starts, Story Stops: There's a sex scene between Rayne and Sebastian, with no buildup beforehand.
  • Shout-Out (may be a Whole-Plot Reference): Rayne's quest for the enchanging body parts is one to Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, where one must collect Dracula's body parts.
  • Sword Fight: Plenty of it, even the climactic action scene is one.
  • Tap on the Head: Rayne is knocked out for a full day and night by a single punch.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Sebastian casually kills a vampire in a Tavern and no one bats an eye. The owner merely comments on how he's glad they didn't make a mess of the place.
  • Vampires Are Rich: Elrich, Leonid and especially Kagan are vampires powerful enough to all live in castles, with a lot of human servants. Kagan's is the most massive, with a small army of human soldiers, and his castle is shown to have every finery inside.
  • Vampire's Harem: Leonid, a vampire, is shown to have a group of beautiful, naked young women around him in his castle.
  • Vampire Vannabe: Kagan and the other powerful vampires have many human soldiers who serve them with the promise of being made vampires themselves in the future.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Rayne tries to be this after she initially fed on the only person at the circus who'd been kind to her unintentionally, something she now regrets deeply, using animals like rats instead.
  • Wall Bang Her: Sebastian abruptly has sex with Rayne this way (his back is up against the bars of a cell, while she braces herself by holding on), which seems like it would be pretty uncomfortable to him.
  • Warrior Monk: The monks of the Brimstone affiliated monastery. One huge one guards the artifact they're protecting, while the rest fight back with various weapons when Kagan's soldiers attack, but are overwhelmed nonetheless.
  • Weakened by the Light: Leonid is destroyed by sunlight.
  • You Killed My Father: Like the games, Kagan raped and murdered Rayne’s mother and she seeks vengeance against him as a result.