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Fist Of The Vampire (2007)
Writer and director: Len Kabasinki

review by Sandra Scholes

Agent Lee puts in for transfer and gets another assignment, this time his case deals with prostitution, drugs and illegal gambling so it should keep him more than occupied. He is given the address of the gambling den, advised to look important and to act undercover with enough cash to place a substantial enough bet to look genuine. He is also told that they are night owls, so he expects a long night on his part, but once he gets in there the place is being run by some rather suspect people.

The dark, noir setting gives Fist Of The Vampire an almost 1940s feel at the beginning where the viewer will first see a rather gratuitous blood-drinking vampire delighted at severing the jugular vein of the victim and is left watching the vein continually pump out blood at an alarming rate. The film takes the theatrical olden day's vampire and puts it in grungy modern day stalking the night like a gothic predator.

The bloody nature of the movie can be thought of as over the top but it is supposed to be. Vampires are as usual supposed to be considered invincible almost and in this particular film it certainly shows that up to a point, though there is more violence in it than in most mainstream vampire oriented movies making it the non-frilly shirt wearing, boyishly handsome fare it used to be.

The fear aspect of the vampires as predators of the night is there as well as the traditional use of a silver object, in this case a knife to kill them off leaves the viewer in no doubt that it is not too modern a movie as it does include most of the aspects of vampire lore. It is separated into two different eras starting with the late 1970s where a family is nearly wiped out, their house left in charred ruins from arson, leaving only the children alive who hid away from the vampires. In present day, Agent Lee of the FBI is arranged to investigate a gambling ring but gets more than he thinks in the long run.

The mere fact that Lee has no idea he is dealing with vampires gives the movie a certain mystery, at least for the character. Fighting on the beach during the night that would seem normal to him as he overlooks the fact the others who own the club and fight there can't be around in the sunlight.

The cliché of the vampire in films is not ignored as there are a few obligatory lesbian scenes that turn from sensual to extremely bloody almost in the blink of an eye. The cruel, vengeful and animalistic traits of the vampire psyche is not overlooked either, though they are not of the shape-changing type prevalent in other movies, though they can change their faces into a more animal look if angered.

There is a thrash metal soundtrack that runs through the movie as it is aimed at the more gothically-minded type of person. In Fist Of The Vampire these vampires are not only part invincible but also immortal as shown when Agent Lee notices some ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on the body of one of the women at the gambling den. He wonders what they could mean, but as most Goths and vampire buffs know it goes back to the Egyptians belief in eternal life due to gothic inspired writers using the Ankh and basic myth as symbolism for that. They also sleep in coffins in deserted and abandoned buildings as per vampire lore and nature knowing no one is likely to go there. Another vampire cliché comes to the fore as the vampires have not aged a day in 30 years which would be impossible for normal humans, but which Agent Lee notices. Once they know they are dealing with the undead they get armed with stakes, silver-tipped bullets and garlic just to be on the safe side.

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