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  • Summary: Driving from L.A. to Florida, Sean (Smith) does the one thing he wasn't supposed to do - pick up a hitchhiker (Fehr). And from that moment on, his cross-country road trip is transformed into a surreal and blood-soaked nightmare. (Screen Gems)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Horror presented without restraint or apology, as a full-bore, blood-soaked load of nomad nastiness caught in constant forward motion.
  2. 60
    The film works, cleanly, without any tiresome reliance on computer graphics.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Chalk it up as a middling B-pic that, with a bit more wit and style, could have been at least a cult item.
  4. 30
    Reasonably well-made and all, but it's simply too familiar, too derivative and too inferior to its predecessors to have any reason to exist.
  5. 30
    Apart from the fang-restraint of the nosferatu, however, there's precious little that's altogether new or for that matter shocking about this by-the-numbers thriller.
  6. Vampire movies aren't what they used to be. How about a little mist, some shadows, some pale gray faces set off by stark red lips? Maestro, a little Transylvanian mood music, if you please.
  7. While it's rarely scary, the film is often gory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Jan 31, 2013
    A simple cross-country trip turns into a fierce battle for survival when a group of desert vampires set their sights and Sean and his newA simple cross-country trip turns into a fierce battle for survival when a group of desert vampires set their sights and Sean and his new traveling companion in THE FORSAKEN. THE FORSAKEN borrows generously from films like NEAR DARK and John Carpenter's VAMPIRES, only to come off feeling unoriginal and uninspired. We spend the majority of our time with our hero Sean (Kerr Smith), who spends the entire time worrying about his car and making it to his sister's wedding despite the unholy terrors that are unfolding around him. Johnathon Schaech serves as a decent villain, but his vampire cohorts range from being minor annoyances to complete distractions. Phina Oruche's ungodly performance, in particular, detracts from everything else that is occurring on screen. The action and horror are both bland and predictable, and although the plot introduces some interesting new ideas to the vampire mythos, it frequently contradicts itself. If we are to believe that vampirism is a virus, why would killing the head vampire cure anyone that has been bitten? Overall, THE FORSAKEN is familiar and bloody enough to earn a passing grade for vampire fans. Expand

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