Blade: House of Cthon – Unrated

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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Sticky Fingaz as Blade
Jill Wagner as Krista Starr
Jessica Gower as Chase
Neil Jackson as Marcus Van Sciver
Nelson Lee as Shen
Larry Poindexter as Agent Ray Collins
P. Lynn Johnson as Lisa Starr
Emily Hirst as Charlotte
Sahar Biniaz as Sabine
John DeSantis as Thorne
Don Thompson as Uncle Pat McCallum
Bill Mondy as Det. Brian Boone

Special Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio commentary #1 by Director Peter O’Fallon and audio commentary #2 by Writers David Goyer and Geoff Jones.
Featurette: “Turning Blade” documentary

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“The House of Chthon, an ancient evil sect of vampires, is growing stronger everyday. Led by the vampire overlord Marcus, their objective is to create a vaccine that will give rise to a new breed of super vampires, immune to vampire weaknesses. In order to stop them, Blade joins forces with the ruthless and beautiful Krista Starr, whose brother was slain by the vampires and who will go to incredible lengths to infiltrate the House of Chthon. With her help, Blade will do everything he can to win this war before it’s too late.”

“Blade: House of Cthon” is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I’ve seen all the “Blade” movies, read the “Blade” comics, and I even watched the “Blade” TV series pilot when it first aired. But I have to say that I had a really hard time getting into this show. I can’t pinpoint what it was, but the show just bored me. The pilot had all the elements from the film – a brooding leading man, numerous fight sense, special effects, and other vampiric goodness. But after watching it I never felt the need to watch subsequent episodes.

Sticky Fingaz is OK as Blade. He looks the part and handles the battle scenes well. But he is a little bit stiff on delivering the limited dialogue he is given. He might have improved over the life of the series, but I didn’t get that far. Jill Wagner is beautiful and tough as Krista Starr. For me she was the high point of the pilot. She proved here that she can do something more than look hot in Mercury commercials. I’d like to see her in other work.

This is the unrated version of the TV pilot. About all they did was add a few more splashes of blood and a flash of boobies (not the birds). There’s nothing else here that improves on the one that originally aired on TV.

I’d really only recommend “Blade: House of Cthon” to die hard fans of the character. They will be the most forgiving of the show’s faults. The same goes for vampire fans.

The bonus features on this DVD are very well done. You’ll find an hour of featurettes that cover every aspect of the making of the pilot – the script, the fight choreography, the costumes, and more. This was more entertaining than the movie for me. There’s also an Audio Commentary by Director Peter O’Fallon and Writers David Goyer and Geoff Jones.

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