Breasts and blood. Writer/director J.S. Cardone's THE FORSAKEN prominently
features breasts and blood, although the nonsensical opening sequence
displays breasts "in" blood, as an unknown woman rubs blood all over her
naked bosom. It's a movie in which one of the vampires is referred to as a
"Penthouse pet from hell."
Since people can be low on substances from potassium to iron, perhaps they
can also have a sleaze deficiency. If you're suffering from such a malady,
THE FORSAKEN might be just the tonic for you. Not going for B-movie parody
as SCARY MOVIE wisely did, THE FORSAKEN takes itself quite seriously, which
is a big mistake. Watching it isn't so much disgusting as it is just a
colossal waste of time.
Sean (Kerr Smith), supposedly the son of the second assistant director of
E.T., works as an editor preparing trailers at a studio whose pictures
aren't named, but the posters on the wall include movies such as CLASS OF
NUKE 'EM HIGH. The latter is undoubtedly better than THE FORSAKEN.
Sean takes time off from his job so that he can earn extra cash by driving
someone else's Mercedes convertible across the country to Miami. Soon after
he leaves, two women with large boobs pull alongside him on a two-lane road.
You guessed it -- one of them flashes Sean for no apparent reason other than
the director told her to.
Although given strict instructions to avoid hitchhikers, Sean picks up a
self-described slacker named Nick (Brendan Fehr). As soon as the vampires
arrive -- you don't have to wait long -- we learn that Nick is a "hunter."
Once bitten himself, he's now out to get "them." Trust me, you won't care.
The only thing that you'll care about will be found on the dial of your
"Do you make a lot of money in the movie biz?" Nick asks Sean soon after
meeting him. "Not yet," Sean replies hopefully. Let's hope that movies
that waste our time and money like THE FORSAKEN won't make much at all.
Let's not encourage the studios to make such trash.
THE FORSAKEN runs a long 1:30. It is rated R for strong violence/gore,
language and sexuality and would be acceptable for older teenagers.
Copyright © 2001 Steve Rhodes