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The films:

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Ben Kingsley stated that his biggest reason for doing the first film was for the chance to play a vampire, cape and all.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $25 million. Box office, $3,650,275.
  • Cast the Expert: Uwe Boll hired Romanian prostitutes to play... prostitutes. Though this was more because of financial motives, since they were cheaper to hire than SAG extras.
  • Creator Killer: This was the first and last time Billy Zane ever distributed a film. The box office failure combined with a lawsuit filed against him by Uwe Boll led Zane to quit the film distribution business.
  • Direct-to-Video: The two sequels that followed after the first.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Rayne's voice-actress Laura Bailey expressed her dissatisfaction with the movie at Anime Boston 2007.
    Laura Bailey: Oh God, that movie sucked. And that movie was so bad. I saw it on The Movie Channel and I couldn't even get through 20 minutes of it! It was so bad and it was kinda sad that they took that because I really liked the games.
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  • Money, Dear Boy: Half the reason Ben Kingsley agreed to appear (as he said, "my children have gotten used to eating.") The other half is because he thought it'd be fun.
  • Old Shame: For Guinevere Turner, the scriptwriter. She has stated publicly that she will never work with Uwe Boll again, and that only about 25% of her first draft was actually used. There was no second draft: the script was flown to the production site as-is. Also one for Michael Madsen.
  • Romance on the Set: Apparently Kristanna Loken and Michelle Rodriguez dated for a bit during filming.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Billy Zane not only co-starred in this movie, he also co-owned Romar Entertainment, the company that distributed the film in the U.S. Romar promised Boll that the film would open in 2,000 theaters across the U.S. and ended up opening in 950 of them, which led to Boll suing Zane.
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  • Vindicated by Cable: Made less than $4 million worldwide at the box office, but its almost immediate release to showings on Syfy (and strong DVD sales) exposed it to their audience of bad movie connoisseurs and justified the two Direct-to-Video sequels.

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