The Forsaken (film)

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The Forsaken
Theaterial release poster
Directed by J. S. Cardone
Produced by Scott Einbinder
Carol Kottenbrook
Written by J. S. Cardone
Starring Kerr Smith
Brendan Fehr
Izabella Miko
Music by Tim Jones
Johnny Lee Schell
Kid Rock
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by Norman Buckley
Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment,
Screen Gems
Release dates
  • April 27, 2001 (2001-04-27)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $8,704,851

The Forsaken is a 2001 horror-thriller film written and directed by J. S. Cardone. In Australia, its promotional title was The Forsaken: Desert Vampires.


Sean (Kerr Smith) is driving cross country to his sister's wedding when he picks up Nick (Brendan Fehr), a hitchhiker who happens to be a vampire hunter hunting a group of vampires led by Kit (Johnathon Schaech), one of the Forsaken.

The Forsaken are a group of French Knights that during the First Crusade made a pact with the demon Abaddon to live forever. There were nine knights: eight were turned into vampires and became known as the Forsaken; the ninth was a sacrifice to Abaddon to seal the pact. It seems Sean and Megan are finally clear of the vampire virus, however, Nick is not cured as it turns out that the vampire responsible for his infection is descended from the other member of the Forsaken in the United States.

Nick takes to the road to try to find and kill the other Forsaken, leaving a letter of thanks for Sean. Three months later, Sean catches up to him driving Kit's car and insists on helping, having discovered that the Forsaken is probably in Denver. The two set off for Denver.



The Forsaken received extremely negative reviews from critics, as the film currently holds an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 55 reviews.

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #8 at the North American box office making $3,020,159 USD in its opening weekend. The film lost money by 53 percent in box office earnings the following week causing the film to move a notch down to #9, it became a box office bomb as the film had plummeted to the 15th spot.

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