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Blood a sexy, sharp thriller

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Blood: The Last Vampire
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The new vampire film, Blood: The Last Vampire goes where I, who have been trying to rework a time-honored tradition in my own horror writing, have been wanting to go for some time, and, trust me, this is a good thing. Think of it as an idea that's been long overdue: samurai vampires, or at least a samurai vamp.

The heroine in this, yet another take-off from a graphic novel, is young Saya (lovely Gianna Jun), who is assigned to take out a "nest" of evil vamps by the secret organization she works for. Landing in Tokyo after a wicked-cool killing of an evil vamp on a subway train, young Saya is undercover as a "typical schoolgirl" at a Tokyo army base. Only there's nothing typical about this schoolgirl, including the fact that she's dressed in one of those anime school outfits (the long-skirted sailor suit variety, not the "pink pineapple" variety), and has this "I'll kick your ass if you mess with me" attitude.

And before you can say, "I want to suck your blood," young Saya's defending the general's daughter (equally lovely Alison Miller) from two female vamps determined to take out the curious girl, someone they've decided they can't let live. Wielding a delicious cloud-tempered katana sword, Saya takes out the two baddies, much to the horror of the general's daughter, who witnesses the whole thing. Only when she tells her principal, no one believes her, until more horrid things happen, like the death of her dad at the hands of one of the secret organization's turncoat minions. Thus Saya and Ms. Army Brat set off to pursue the head of the vampire clan, an evil one named Onegin, who Saya wants dead for the death of Saya's dad and Saya's trainer, the person who taught her to use that killer sword and all of those wonderful martial arts moves.

Epic fight scenes, with Saya kicking butt, nearly getting killed and a scene similar to one in Blade, where Ms. Army Brat has to save our half human/half vamp heroine via a spontaneous blood "transfusion" from a slit hand.

A cut above the last vamp film, the teen-angst Twilight, this film rocks, and once again gives fans of the genre something to cheer about. This, and the fact that once again, there are two kickass girls, who don't cower in the corner, waiting for the guys to save them, is worth seeing Blood: The Last Vampire for, if nothing else. Me, I'd see it a hundred more times, just to watch that battle between Saya and the head vamp, Onegin, which ends with a twist I won't reveal here. Just go see it and see if you don't come away cheering and overjoyed that once again, the vampires we all love to fear are back on the screen.

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