With BloodRayne II: Deliverance, Uwe Boll shows that he has learned from the previous film by moving the franchise into a much more appropriate setting - that of the straight-to-DVD shelf at your local Blockbusters. Oh-ho!
It's true to say that BloodRayne's production values were one of its best features, but I really think this sequel is much better off for their absence. That's not to say that this is a good film, but it doesn't share its predecessors pretentions of being a serious gothic action flick. Instead it settles for being a light-hearted genre mashup, a sort of action-horror-western that comes across as a self-important cousin of Cannibal! The Musical.
In this film, half-vampire vampire slayer Rayne rides into some generic hellhole in the Old West to slay the blood-slurping bandits Pat Garret and Billy the Kid. Stuff happens. The good guys win. It's predictable and trite, but holds its own in the field of unchallenging afternoon diversions - crucially, it makes no significant references to the previous film.
It's sort of sad in a way, lacking the eccentric marks of Uwe Boll's inappropriate-placed fingerprints - the only thing that really identifies this film as a Boll KG production is its weird fetish for violence against children. Perhaps the most interesting observation we can make is that this film makes no attempt whatsoever to relate itself to the BloodRayne game series? With so many terrible videogame adaptations out there I wish more franchise-holders would try expanding their game worlds into films like this, instead of just trying to reproduce the game in a linear, noninteractive format.
In case you're wondering how this whole low budget experience relates to the Uwe Boll Tax Loophole Money-Printing Scheme described in my previous article, the law was changed in 2006 to prevent people from getting rich by funding unprofitable films. Since then, Boll has moved away from making videogame adaptations - whether by choice or otherwise - and now focuses his attention on films about mass murder and/or Nazi Germany.
BloodRayne II is far from great, but if you're in the mood for a schlock film featuring A) cowboys B) vampires and C) videogame crossover interest, then this film should definitely be in your list of 'maybes'.
[Come back next week/month/year when we'll be drawing Uwe Boll's career to its logical conclusion with BloodRayne: The Third Reich]