aka: Vampyre Nation
Director: Todor Chapkanov
Starring: Ben Lambert, Ewan Bailey, Claudia Bassols, Roark Critchlow, Neil Jackson
Their rise our fall
True Bloodthirst is set in the very near future where vampires have been able to come out of the darkness, thanks to a synthetic blood substitute, and co-exist with humans. In Bucharest, Romania however, an even more dangerous species has emerged and is a threat to both humans and vampires. This new super vampire is a mutation caused by a virus and is creating deadly man-sized vampire bats out of the vampires.
Detective Derricks has been investigating some brutal murders in the USA and is now heading to Romania to find out what is causing this. With him is newly freed vampire hunter Johnny Harker and his gang. When they arrive in Romania they seek out the ancient vampire Anghel and gets information about this new super vampire. One of Anghel’s sons has been infected with this virus and he let’s the crew “borrow” his remaining son Nikolai with them on the mission to stop these super vampires once and for all.
The title (nice one Syfy) and the synthetic blood would make you think that this was nothing more than a ripoff of the successful HBO TV show True Blood. However, the similarities really do stop there and it went under the title Vampyre Nation USA while being filmed and it also has more in common with other vampire movies such as Daybreakers and even Blade than True Blood.
Usually Syfy movies are bad, but sometimes they manage to be bad and fun. This however is all bad. The super vampires look everything but super and the characters are dull as cardboard. None of the actors looked very inspired and delivers poor performances. The plot might not be the worst thing in the world but is just executed poorly.
It is directed by Todor Chapkanov who was born in Bulgaria where this was filmed. Todor has done a few Syfy movies before this including Monsterwolf and Ghost Town. I haven’t seen any of his other movies yet, but if they are done with so little style and talent as this one was then I’m not missing out on much.
True Bloodthirst is a poor effort by Syfy. They should rather have skipped the entire super vampires part if they can’t do the effects well enough and stick with regular looking vampires that are not hard to create. It’s one of the Syfy movies that have very little to offer and it’s just not fun to watch.