Rise: Blood Hunter

July 6th, 2007


Rise: Blood Hunter

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Supernatural thriller in which a female reporter wakes up in a morgue to find herself a member of the undead. She vows revenge against the sect that put her there and hunts them down.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.0/10 (7,313 voted)

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

Stars: Lucy Liu, Michael Chiklis, Carla Gugino

The snoopy reporter Sadie Blake is called by her nerd colleague Ethan Mills that has deciphered a code and found an address in Koreatown from information of the Goth Tricia Rawlins about a bloody cult. Sadie does not give attention to Ethan, but when she sees on the front page of the news that Tricia has been found dead in a dumpster in Koreatown, she decides to visit the address. She finds an abandoned house with a gruesome basement full of blood and she immediately drives to Ethan's apartment. She finds the place in a complete mess and is abducted by a stranger and taken to Bishop, who wants to know what Tricia has told her. Then, Bishop and his mate Eve kill Sadie and they have a necrophilic threesome with her body. Later, Sadie awakes in the freezer of the morgue and sooner she realizes that she is a vampire and promises revenge to her sire.

Robert Forster - Lloyd
Cameron Richardson - Collette
Lucy Liu - Sadie Blake
Allan Rich - Harrison
Samantha Shelton - LA Weekly Editor
Kevin Wheatley - Ethan Mills
Margo Harshman - Tricia Rawlins
Cameron Goodman - Kaitlin
Holt McCallany - Rourke
James D'Arcy - Bishop
Carla Gugino - Eve
Michael Chiklis - Clyde Rawlins
Paul Cassell - Detective Easton
Mako - Poe
Sam Cooper - Coroner's Assistant

Taglines: They didn't leave her alive. They left her UNDEAD.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures [France] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 6 July 2007

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $59,371 (USA) (3 June 2007) (63 Screens)

Gross: $106,398 (USA) (10 June 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated DVD version)

Did You Know?

The word 'vampire' is never spoken during the film.

Revealing mistakes: After Sadie has sent Franny away she leans against the door. Her reflection is clearly visible in the glass, despite the fact that her lack of a reflection (due to being a vampire) is an important point in the movie.

Bishop: You're one of us.
Sadie Blake: Not by choice.

User Review

2 different Movies, really

Rating: 8/10

Okay. First the good news: Lucy Liu is sexy and really emotional in this. Her acting chops finally come into play in a movie where she isn't just tough or bitchy. The woman is a really good actress. Most of the rest of the cast is really good, especially Carla Gugino and James d'Arcy (American haunting). A few scenes are standouts, particularly a nasty bit of business in a junkie shelter and a very very claustrophobic scene inside a morgue drawer. Now the bad news: Nick Lachey is in this for some incomprehensible reason and it REALLY snaps you out of the story. When will Hollywood learn that goofy cameos don't belong in horror? You're watching a perfectly cool creepy thriller when suddenly the audience gasps at ridiculous casting choices that have NOTHING to do with the story.

That, as well as some cheap attempts at "jumpscares" slightly spoil what is basically the antidote to Blade, Underworld and the rest of the goofy vampire pics of late. The treatment here is much more based on pain and grounded in reality.

Definitely worth checking out for fans of vampire fiction.


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