Sometimes a movie comes along that is a concept you couldn’t have dreamed up if you tried. The Sharknado movies. The never-actually-made Superman movie with Nicolas Cage. Shaolin Soccer. Teeth (Trust me, look it up). One such movie just came out this month on DVD and Blu-ray called Bloodrunners. Why is it weird and yet wonderful? It stars Ice-T as a vampire. A bootlegging gangster vampire during prohibition in the 1930’s.
It is 1933 and the criminal element is having a heyday with prohibition running illegal booze and covert speakeasies. But it isn’t just the crooks making a buck on prohibition; cops are getting in on the action as well. Corrupt cop Jack Malone (Michael McFadden) is raking it in collecting a ‘luxury tax’ from every bootlegger working his district. So it should have been easy to shake down the newly opened speakeasy in town but Malone soon finds out this group of thugs is more than meets the eye. In fact, this speakeasy is run by an ancient vampire named Chesterfield (Ice-T) and his band of undead mugs. Now Malone has his hands full and must find a way to protect his turf from the greatest threat he has ever faced.
Bloodrunners seems like an idea that just shouldn’t work but miraculously it does. The film is low budget but the limitations just seem to add a nice veneer of authenticity. Writer/Director Dan Lantz actually takes this b-movie concept and heightens it with better dialogue than you would be used to in such a movie, a good cast and production design and a story that never really stoops to cheesiness. And Ice-T is actually great as the bootlegging vampire and is played off well by McFadden as the cop. Ice-T has proven himself time and again as a very capable actor but we have never really seem him in a role like this. I was pleasantly surprised with Bloodrunners, for those looking for something a little different in a vampire movie, check it out!
Bloodrunners is available to rent or own globally on iTunes and Steam and across the US and Canada on iTunes, Steam, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation and various cable platforms, including Comcast, Dish, Rogers and Shaw.
The Blu- ray/DVD combo pack, featuring 1080p video, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and bonus features is available on the Bloodrunners official site.