The Vampire Assassin (2007)
US (dir. Michael Kazlo)
Cast: Stefani Brown, Jay Ruzicka, Michael J. Cannon, Carl Dana, Pierre Franklin Radimak, Vanessa O’Brien
Synopsis: After living the life of a free spirited spoiled rich vampire, terrorizing the Eastern European countryside, Veronica is brought before her clan elders and ordered to reign in her “bloodlust” or be ostracized by the rest of the clan.
Review: “The Vampire Assassin” is an 18 minute short film that tries to pack a lot of storyline and action into a limited time frame. The short opens up fairly nicely with some grim shots of a bloody feast on a rather pathetically protesting victim. A masked assassin storms the scene, dispatches the vampires, and frees the victim. We are later introduced to this vampire assassin, Veronica, a vampire of pure/old blood who once lived a spoiled lifestyle in Europe. The sad part of this introduction is how the actress playing Veronica recites her life story as if she were unenthusiastically reading a high school presentation from cue cards. Her voice is so bland, and her tone is so boring, it’s almost laughable. She is a poor, poor excuse for an actress.
Veronica reveals how she met with vampire elders and was ordered to become an assassin of fellow vampires in order to cleanse out all the misbehaving noobie vampires. Unfortunately, one of her assignments is to kill her best friend. This short is a bit reminiscent of “Blade”, but it’s with a chick. The girl playing Veronica has a great body for the role and carries that body pretty well throughout the film, but her acting and her vocal ineptness make the movie seem flat and very home-made. The director makes up for this by incorporating an interesting fight sequence that leads to a fairly well shot decapitation, and he also crafts a great scene involving the vampire elders having a conference. He seems promising enough, but his big mistake was casting this Stefani Brown chick as a lead.