Against The Dark Review
Written by: ArsonCuff
I don’t know about you, but when I heard Steven Seagal was going to be in a vampire movie I mentally set some money aside to afford the movie as an immediate rental upon release. The name of the movie of which I speak is Against The Dark. By the way, I was wanting to rent it for comedic value.
Against The Dark was directed by Richard Crudo. This marked Crudo’s directorial debut after having previously worked with Seagal as a cinematographer on movies such as Out Of Reach and Pistol Whipped. Steven Seagal isn’t really the star of this straight to DVD wonderment, however, with the cast being comprised of your basic unknowns. The story: The human population of planet Earth has been decimated by bloodthirsty vampires, and now the only hope for the few remaining survivors lies in the skills of one man who always lived by the sword.
Steven Seagal’s role is mostly him walking around with a sword, followed by his small team of fellow vampire slayers. The meat of the story is the rest of the cast as they go from room to room of an abandoned hospital, going from one set up vamp attack to another. The best thing going for this low budget movie is the fact that Steven Seagal joined the cast. I know let us laugh together.
The dialog in the movie is stale. The characters are equally stale. The monsters in the movie are less the classic vampire and more like a zombie, mutant style hybrid. They drink blood, but apparently waste a lot of it in the process as they completely tear people apart, throwing guts and blood everywhere.
Steven Seagal’s involvement actually hurts the movie. Due to the formula of cutting from him walking and occasionally swinging his toy sword and then the people being jumped in rooms at the hospital, Seagal does not come across as a character. In fact, he just comes across as Steven Seagal. Hey, look - Steven Seagal. He is not really in the movie all that much and is the “name” that helped get this low budget flick noticed. Possibly he did it as a favor to the man he has worked with before? Beats me, that’s for the Hollywood gossip rags to figure out, but then again this is so off their radar it won’t ever matter.
Against The Dark might as well stay in the dark, spider web infested corner of some discount bin, where you shouldn’t think of buying it until the price drops below 99 cents.