Just when you thought Nazi Zombies were the coolest thing to hit the movie screen, along comes…
Nazi-Killing Vampyre Chicks!
You gotta love it.
If Lt. Aldo Raine was looking for a female recruit for his Inglourious Basterds, she’d be the one. Raine & Rayne. The Reich’s biggest nightmare!
I was making my way stealthily through The Zombie Serengeti (aka The Walmarts)… trying not to alert the shambling horde of living dead to my presence… when I spied a copy of BloodRayne: The Third Reich.
I mean, seriously… how can you NOT buy a DVD about a Nazi-Killing Vampyre Chick?? (Yeah, yeah… I know… she’s not a vampyre, she’s a dhamphyr. Excuse me for having a good time with this idea!)
So, I tossed der DVD into der Komputer, sitzed myself down in der vingback armchair mit a nice platt of (kosher) bratwurst und sauerkraut mit ein bisschen Mostrich, ein kold Beer und vas ready for eine good time, ya?
In Rayne’s own words, “Born of violence, I’ve never known freedom from the darkness that infects the weak. Part vampyre, part human – a dhamphyr. My natural magical abilities allow me to withstand the elements that eradicate vampyrekind. I’ve walk the shadows of our world, mercilessly destroying the destroyers… as has been my calling, as has been my destiny. Will I never be free?”
OK, here’s the deal… Rayne hides in the shadows, slaughtering vampyres and those that get in her way. In 1943 Europe, during World War II, half-human/half-vampire hybrid Rayne (Natassia Malthe) faces her greatest foe, Nazi Commandant Ekart Brand (Michael Paré) who creates an army of Nazi vampires in a plot to turn Hitler immortal. Rayne assembles a fierce band of resistance fighters to prevent them from reaching Berlin and accomplishing their diabolical mission. In other words…
(Oh, alright… Nazi dhamphyrs! It just doesn’t have the same ring, though, does it?)
Mayhem ensues when it becomes clear that Comdt. Brand intends to inject Hitler with Rayne’s blood in an attempt to transform the Führer into a dhamphyr so he could live forever! Muah hah hah hah!
My 2 cents… I found it impossible not to like BloodRayne: The Third Reich. Sexy Nazi-killing vampyre chick. Evil vampyre Nazis. What’s there not to like? This movie had a direct line to my pleasure buttons. Sure it was stupid… but that’s its very appeal and charm! One or two parts of the movie dragged a bit. The acting was definitely more than merely OK. And I admit I experienced a sick thrill watching Rayne effortlessly hack her way through a heck of a lot of SS soldiers and officers.
Bottom line… If you’re going to be serious and criticize this movie as anything other than what it is… a rollicking good time… don’t bother. You have to go into it with the proper mind set, otherwise, it is a waste of an evening. But if you can get in the mood for some seriously fun times, you will enjoy the vampyre/nazi mix of genres.
Two hot blood-stained dhamphyr thumbs up!
 A Dhamphyr (also spelled Dhamphir, dhampyr, dhampir, dhampire, dhampyr, dampyr, dampyre, damphyr, etc.) in Balkan folklore and in vampire fiction is the child of a vampyre father and a human mother, with vampyre powers but none of the weaknesses. A dhamphyr is believed to have the unique ability to see vampyres even when they are invisible, and is unusually adept at killing them.