Blood Games aka The Vampire Conspiracy – Canada, 2005 – review

‘It’s either you or the vampires’

Blood Games – formerly The Vampire Conspiracy – is a 2005 Canadian horror feature film about five people who have betrayed each other and are then abducted by a vampire.

Written and directed by Marc Morgenstern (Vitals), the Five Strangers Films production stars Sarah Boes, Adrian M. Pryce, Ron Mazor and Christiane Garcia.

Plot:

Five strangers are abducted by a 250-year-old vampire and placed into a deadly game of wits and endurance. Should they make it through the maze alive, they will receive the vampire’s entire fortune – riches beyond their wildest dreams. Should they fail, they become victims to his hunger and are placed back in the game.

The only clues to their salvation are the seven words scrawled on the floor throughout the maze and an insane man who was a participant in the last game. Complications arise when the group discovers an outside event that makes each of them want the others dead. The situation has changed, and they don’t know whom to fear more, the vampires in the maze, or each other…

Review:

“Although blessed with a cast that are all better actors than many low-budget horror films, those actors bring a very theatre-like air to their performances. While it’s not the weekend community theatre they remind me of — they are all far better than that — I found myself repeatedly thinking of this as taped stage play than a movie.” Terror Titans

Cast and characters:

  • Sarah Boes … Janet Montgomery
  • Adrian M. Pryce … Sam ‘Shiv’ MacKenzie
  • Ron Mazor … Mitchell Jobidan
  • Christiane Garcia … Dr. Vera Nichols
  • John Lopes … Brian Samuels
  • Jaret Sacrey … Peter Church
  • Jean-Marc Fontaine … Thelonius Von Rhylos
  • Shane R. Vassell … Marcel MacKenzie
  • Zena Driver … Nicole Samuels
  • Kevin Robinson … Chuck Williams
  • Josh Tallman … Jason Webber
  • Siobhan Richardson … Dark Figure
  • Seamus Dudley … Dark Figure
  • Kirklynne Garrett … Dark Figure (as Kirklynne Garret)
  • Casey Hudecki … Dark Figure

Filming locations:

Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

  • 89 minutes
  • Audio: Stereo (RCA Sound System)
  • Colour | Black and White
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Trivia:

Originally written as a stage play in 1992.

Notes:

The film is incorrectly listed twice on IMDb as Blood Games (2019) and The Vampire Conspiracy (2005).

 

 

 

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