BloodRayne (film)

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Bloodrayne stands centre, shown holding her signature armblades. The face of Kagan fills the frame behind her. Below the title, there is "Jan 6" release date and poster billing.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byUwe Boll
Written byGuinevere Turner
Based onBloodRayne
by Majesco Entertainment and Terminal Reality
Produced by
CinematographyMathias Neumann
Edited byDavid M. Richardson
Music byHenning Lohner
Distributed byBoll KG Productions
Release dates
  • 23 October 2005 (2005-10-23) (AFF)
  • 6 January 2006 (2006-01-06) (United States)
  • 14 September 2006 (2006-09-14) (Germany)
Running time
95 minutes
  • Germany
  • United States
Budget$25 million[1]
Box office$3.7 million[1]

BloodRayne is a 2005 action horror film directed by Uwe Boll, from a screenplay written by Guinevere Turner. It is based on the video game franchise of the same name, from Majesco Entertainment and game developer Terminal Reality, of which it acts as a loose prequel to the first game. It is also the third video game film adaptation made by Boll, who previously made House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark. The film stars Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Matthew Davis, Will Sanderson, Billy Zane, Udo Kier, Michael Paré, Meat Loaf, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley and Geraldine Chaplin.

BloodRayne had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival on October 23, 2005, and was released in the United States on January 6, 2006, and in Germany on September 14, 2006. The film was panned by critics and audiences, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $3.7 million from a $25 million budget.[1]


Rayne is an unholy breed of human and vampire, known simply as a "dhampir". Dhampirs are unaffected by crucifixes and a diminished thirst for human blood but maintain a weakness to water. Rayne is the daughter of Kagan, a vampire king, who has gathered an army of thralls, both vampire and human, in order to annihilate the human race. Rayne was conceived when Kagan raped her mother, who was murdered when she refused to hand Rayne over to him.

Sebastian, Vladimir, and Katarin are members of the "Brimstone Society", a group of warriors sworn to fight against vampires. The trio hear of Rayne working as a carnival freak against her will. Suspecting Rayne's lineage as a dhampir, Vladimir plans to recruit her in order to overthrow Kagan. Kagan is also hunting for Rayne, fearing she will interfere with his plans.

Rayne escapes captivity when an abusive caretaker tries to rape her. On the road, Rayne encounters and saves a family being attacked by vampires. A fortune teller reveals to Rayne that Kagan has become the most powerful vampire in Romania and resides in a well-protected castle. She tells Rayne that Kagan seeks an ancient talisman, a mystical eye, and if she finds it, the eye will allow her to gain an audience with him. Rayne sets out to the monastery, where the eye is hidden, in order to find it.

Rayne shelters for the night at the monastery and later sneaks away to where the talisman is guarded by a hammer-wielding, deformed monk, who she kills. Booby traps further protect the talisman, and when Rayne lifts it from its pedestal, the chamber floods with holy water. As Rayne hangs from the ceiling to avoid the water, the talisman falls from the box, but she catches the eyeball. Examining it closely, the eye magically becomes absorbed into her own eye, and when she falls into the water, she is somehow unaffected by it.

When she leaves the chamber, the monks explain the artifact is one of three body parts which came from an ancient vampire called Belial, who had found a way to overcome the weaknesses of a vampire. The eye overcomes holy water, the rib overcomes the cross, and the heart overcomes sunlight. When Belial died, the parts of his body were hidden across the land. As Kagan desires all these parts in order to assume Belial's powers, it becomes the heroes' mission to stop him.

Rayne is brought to the headquarters of the Brimstone Society and they agree to work together to kill Kagan. Katarin does not trust Rayne and betrays Brimstone to her father, Elrich, who has fallen in league with Kagan, but seeks to betray him and gain power for himself. The location of the heart talisman is known to Katarin as her grandfather hid it in water-filled caves. She seeks it out but Rayne kills her and takes it. With the talisman, Rayne attempts to gain an audience before Kagan, but he takes the heart and throws her in the dungeon. He plans to extract the eye as part of a ritual. He realizes too late that Rayne had only given him an empty box and not the heart.

Sebastian and Vladimir intervene, battling Kagan and his minions, but both are fatally wounded, leaving Rayne in a final battle against Kagan. As Sebastian dies, he fires a final bolt from his crossbow, but Kagan is too quick and is able to catch it. Rayne is able to summon her last reserves of strength and plunge the bolt into his heart. As she tends to Sebastian, he chooses to die rather than let Rayne save him.

In the aftermath of the battle, Rayne sits on her father's throne, reflecting on the events that have transpired. Rayne later departs the castle alone and rides off into the mountains.


  • Kristanna Loken as Rayne, a dhampir who seeks to kill her father, Kagan.[2]
  • Michael Madsen as Vladimir, a senior member of the Brimstone Society.
  • Ben Kingsley as Kagan, the King of Vampires and Rayne's father.
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Katarin, a member of the Brimstone Society who distrusts Rayne.
  • Matthew Davis as Sebastian, a member of the Brimstone Society who bonds with Rayne.
  • Will Sanderson as Domastir
  • Geraldine Chaplin as Fortune Teller
  • Udo Kier as Regal Monk
  • Meat Loaf as Leonid, a hedonistic vampire lord tasked with keeping Rayne imprisoned, and who is subsequently killed by the Brimstone Society.
  • Michael Paré as Iancu
  • Billy Zane as Elrich, father of Katarin and a powerful nobleman. He has fallen in league with Kagan, but secretly desires to take his power for himself. Zane described it as a pleasure to work with such a decisive director.[3]


Screenwriter Guinevere Turner turned in the first draft two weeks late. Rather than ask for redrafts, Boll accepted it and then made many of his own changes; and he then asked the actors to "take a crack at it". Turner estimated only 20% of her script was actually filmed.[4][5]

Filming took place in Romania, in the Carpathian Mountains. Filming also took place in a castle where Prince Vlad the Impaler presumably spent a night once.[3]


The film opened in 985 theaters across the United States on 6 January 2006. It was originally to have played at up to 2,500 theaters, but that number dropped to 1,600 and ended up lower due to prints being shipped to theaters that had not licensed the film.[6][7]

Billy Zane was involved with distributor Romar Entertainment and Uwe Boll later sued him for revenue owed.[8]

Box office[edit]

In its opening, the film only made US$1,550,000.[1] The film ended up grossing US$3,591,980 (June 2006) against a production budget of US$25 million.[1]

Critical response[edit]

BloodRayne was critically panned. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 4% approval rating based on 53 reviews, with an average rating of 2.9/10. The site's consensus reads: "BloodRayne is an absurd sword-and-sorcery vid-game adaptation from schlock-maestro Uwe Boll, featuring a distinguished (and slumming) cast."[9] It was ranked 48th in Rotten Tomatoes's 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s.[10] On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 18% based on 13 reviews, summarizing the reviews as "overwhelming dislike".[11]

Joe Leydon of Variety said that the film "lurches from incident to incident at a graceless plodding place, offering little in the way of genuine excitement—the swordfights often are confusingly cut and choreographed—and only minimal amounts of guilty-pleasure titillation".[12] Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide wrote: "Though indisputably the best of Uwe Boll's first three video-game-into-film adaptations, this gory, ludicrous horror-action picture isn't good by any standard".[13] Critics ridiculed Boll for hiring actual prostitutes instead of actors for a scene featuring Meat Loaf in order to save on production costs.[14][15][13]

Some critics were more forgiving of the film. Berge Garabedian of JoBlo's movie reviews described as the film as "actually pretty decent .. for what it is", namely a video game adaptation, with a hot lead actress in the form of Kristanna Loken and a number of surprisingly fun and bloody action sequences. He acknowledges the dialog is poor and the story lame but says the film is "not as bad as you'd suspect" and an adequate, bloody, low-budget vampire film.[16] Steve Chupnick of the Latino Review gave the film a B rating, saying that although it was not a good film, it was far from the worst he's seen and mentioned the Kristanna Loken nude scene as something in the film's favor.[17]

Actor Michael Madsen called BloodRayne "an abomination ... a horrifying and preposterous movie", but added that he enjoyed working with Boll and would certainly work with him again if asked.[18] Laura Bailey, who was the voice of Rayne in the BloodRayne games, was asked at her panel at Anime Boston 2007 what her thoughts were on the film adaptation, and said: "Oh God, that movie sucked. And that movie was so bad. I saw it on The Movie Channel and I couldn't even get through 20 minutes of it! It was so bad and it was kinda sad that they took that because I really liked the games".[19] Guinevere Turner, who wrote the draft screenplay, found the film laughable and suggested that it was the "worst movie ever made" but that it was so camp it might ripen with age.[4][5]


This film was nominated for six Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture. However, it did not win any of the awards it was nominated for, having been dominated by Basic Instinct 2 and Little Man.[20] It did, however, win Worst Picture at the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, as well as Worst Director for Uwe Boll,[21] who coincidentally won both awards the previous year for Alone in the Dark.[22]

In 2009, Time listed the film #6 on their list of top ten worst video games movies.[23]

The film was number one on GameTrailers countdown of the worst video game movies ever. The reviewers from GameTrailers said that "every actor is miscast, every wig is too fake, every sex scene is too inappropriate, and every action scene is too improvised".[24]

Date Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2007 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture BloodRayne (Romar Entertainment) Won [21]
Worst Director Uwe Boll Won
Worst Supporting Actor Meatloaf Aday Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Michelle Rodriguez Nominated
Worst Screenplay BloodRayne (Romar Entertainment) Nominated
Worst Ensemble Won
Most Annoying Fake Accent (Female) Michelle Rodriguez Nominated
Least "Special" Special Effects BloodRayne (Romar Entertainment) Won
Least Scary Horror Film Nominated
February 24, 2007 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Nominated [20]
Worst Actress Kristanna Loken Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Michelle Rodriguez Nominated
Worst Director Uwe Boll Nominated
Worst Screenplay Guinevere Turner Nominated


A sequel, BloodRayne 2: Deliverance, was released in 2007. Natassia Malthe replaced Loken in the lead role.[25] Due to the poor box office of the first film, BloodRayne 2: Deliverance went direct-to-video instead. A third film, BloodRayne: The Third Reich was released in 2011. Malthe reprised her role as Rayne.[26] Both sequels were directed by Uwe Boll. Michael Paré appeared in all three films, but as different characters: Iancu, Pat Garrett, and Commandant Ekart Brand, respectively.

Home media[edit]

Before the DVD of this film was released, Boll removed the Romar name and logo from the credits and packaging of this film. As a result, Romar ceased distributing the film. In addition to the R-rated version which was shown in cinemas, a more violent unrated director's cut including an extended ending was released on DVD. The director's cut DVD box set included a full copy of the BloodRayne 2 video game on the second DVD.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e BloodRayne at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  2. ^ Portable Hollywood, Behind the Scenes of BloodRayne Archived 28 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "BloodRayne, Billy Zane". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. ^ a b Ben Gilbert, @RealBenGilbert (26 October 2011). "Bloodrayne screenwriter explains the perils of working with Uwe Boll". Engadget. Retrieved 2 April 2020. It blows, I mean it's like the worst movie ever made. It's like is it Showgirls worthy in terms of like how it's so bad that it's campy. I think it is I think it's gonna ripen.
  5. ^ a b "Tales from the Script: Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories - - Nonfiction Book & Film Project About Screenwriting". Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  6. ^ Brian Fuson (9 January 2006). "'Hostel' scares up $19.6 mil to reach No. 1". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  7. ^ Edward Havens (6 January 2006). "Romar Releasing Faces Minor Bumps Upon First Major Release". Archived from the original on 20 October 2006.
  8. ^ "Uwe Boll sues Billy Zane. Claims lost revenue from 'Bloodrayne'". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 April 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2010.
  9. ^ "BloodRayne". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 6 October 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "Worst of the worst 2000–2009 Counting down the worst reviewed movies of the last ten years". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011.
  11. ^ BloodRayne at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata CBS
  12. ^ Leydon, Joe (7 January 2006). "BloodRayne". Variety.
  13. ^ a b Maitland McDonagh. "Bloodrayne". TV Guide.
  14. ^ "BloodRayne" Movie Review Archived 13 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine by Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  15. ^ Film/TV Uwe Boll BloodRayne Archived 5 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine Interview
  16. ^ Berge Garabedian (1 February 2006). "JoBlo's movie review of Bloodrayne". Archived from the original on 16 February 2006.
  17. ^ Steve Chupnick (1 April 2006). "Bloodrayne". Latino Review. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. The rest of the film goes on with Rayne kicking ass and taking names. Good battle scenes and sword fights, and a hot-ass chick – what else can you ask for? Rating B.
  18. ^ "Madsen Still Scarred by BloodRayne Movie". 30 August 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2009. But, saying all that, Madsen would consider making another movie with the eccentric filmmaker: 'Uwe was fun. If he called me tomorrow and wanted me to be in a movie, I would do it'.
  19. ^ Anime Boston 2007 Laura Bailey Panel on YouTube. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  20. ^ a b John Wilson. "RAZZIE Voters Get Back to BASICs In Picking the Berry Worst of 2006". Razzies.Com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  21. ^ a b "Stinkers Bad Movie Awards - 2006 Ballot". The Stinkers. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  22. ^ "Stinkers Bad Movie Awards - 2005 Winners". The Stinkers. Archived from the original on 17 March 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  23. ^ "Top 10 Worst Video Game Movies". Time. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2009.Full List
  24. ^ - GT Countdown - Top Ten Worst Video Game Movies (video). GameTrailers. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2020 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "BloodRayne 2 Casting". IGN. News Corporation. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2006.
  26. ^ "Uwe Boll: Bloodrayne 3: Warhammer Shooting in January". 4 November 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  27. ^ "dOc DVD Review: Bloodrayne: Unrated Director's Cut (2005)". Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2010.

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