If you want to raise the ire of any hardcore horror movie fan all you have to do is bring up one name. Uwe Boll. His movies have managed to whip fans of horror movies into a frenzy since his film "House of the Dead" was released in 2003. Although most of his films weren't very good, I personally thought that his film Bloodrayne was shit on rather unfairly by people in the film community. Once again it was filled with a strong cast and although they aren't used to the best of their abilities, it was still a fun flick nonetheless. Would it's 2007 follow up "Bloodrayne II: Deliverance" be as fun? Lets take a look shall we?
The story of "Bloodrayne II: Deliverance" doesn't have much to do with the first film outside of the vampirism that was present in the first installment. This time around it's one hundred years later and Rayne (played by the beautiful Natassia Malthe) arrives in the town of Deliverance, Montana. It just so happens that right before her arrival in the town there has just been a group of vampire cowboys led by Billy the Kid (who is also a vampire) to murder, rape, and pillage the small western town for his personal gain and to quietly start up an army of bloodsuckers. Along the way Rayne starts to build up a team of her own after she is almost killed by the vampires to come back and put them in their place once and for all.
One of the things that actually surprised me about the movie was the lack of gore this time around. Now don't get me wrong, there is some red stuff present on screen, but nothing like we received in the original. There are some pretty cool effects in the film nonetheless, but overall I found myself to be a bit disappointed after the fact.
The acting in the film isn't as bad as it's been in some of Boll's prior films, but then again it's still nothing to write home about. One of the things that made the original film so enjoyable to me was a great cast essentially being in a B-movie of sorts. This time there were much less notable actors in it and it suffers because of it. But it should also be mentioned that I really enjoyed some of the characters in the film, and the main one would have to be the preacher (played pretty well by actor Michael Eklund), although I thought he had way too little screen time considering how cool his character was.
The major issue that "Bloodrayne II" has is the fact that the story just isn't that compelling. Overall I had no idea why things were happening when they were and with better screenwriting it would have been a much better film. It shows promise at times, but by the time the end of the film comes rolling along you'll find yourself not caring at all about what happens.
Overall I would have to say to avoid this one. It's just nothing that you need to see and even if you are in the mood for a Uwe Boll movie, you'd be much better off picking up the original "Bloodrayne". Now sure, I didn't like "Bloodrayne II", but I would still say that it's much better than "House of the Dead", so an improvement is an improvement anyway you want to look at it.
The 2 disc set comes complete with a "Bloodrayne" PC game, director's commentary, extended scenes, deleted scenes, a digital comic book, and complete interviews with director and cast as well.
Rating - *1/2