April 14, 2008

Dawn (2003)

"Dawn is a special little girl with special needs. Born from a human father and a vampire mother who died while giving birth. Dawn requires blood to survive. She and her father travel across the country, assuming new identities and never staying in one place for very long - until a small town detective with psychic powers pays extra attention to the murder of one of his townsfolk."

Although I often find that low-budget independant vampire films are usually diabolically amateur, Jay Reel has done quite a good job with "Dawn".

The often used phrase, "it was very entertaining" springs to mind, but the story itself was quite involving and the acting, such as it was, wasn't too distracting. Kacie Young, the eponymous heroine, steals the show, but Jay Reel himself is quite amusing to watch also. It seems his portrayal made some people think that he was actually disabled in real life. I wasn't entirely convinced by Ray Boucher as "John", but for a "non actor" he wasn't too bad. If it turns out that Ray really is an actor, oh dear.

It was shot well in black and white, but it still shows the limitations of the budget. It still has the look of a handycam movie about it which is a bit of a shame.

The bottom line is that if you are looking for something a little bit different in the vampire genre then Jay Reel's "Dawn" is OK and certainly worth a rental. 5 out of 10.

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