A Bring Out the GIMP (Girls in Merciless Peril) Movie Review

Rise: Blood Hunter

Reviewed by John Galt

Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)

I bought this DVD because it featured Lucy Lui naked. That was the extent of my expectations, although I hoped since it was a vampire movie maybe there would be some sex-and-violence action. It met my minimum expectations.

In a nutshell, what happens is this: Lucy Lui plays intrepid investigative reporter Sadie Blake, who stumbles onto a society of vampires. They kidnap her and turn her into a vampire, giving her what they consider to be the gift of immortality. She is the very epitome of ungrateful and tracks them down and kills them. Well, the head one anyway, although there is collateral damage. As is my new normal review method, I will mainly be hitting the GIMP bits, because that's why you're reading this after all.

The movie starts out incredibly well, but sadly goes downhill. We are in a bar and pretty blond Collette (Cameron Richardson) tries to get a guy to pay her for sex. Sadie walks in, busts the guy for being married, and tells Collette that she would like to take her home instead. She lays out five $100 bills. They drive back to a mansion and go upstairs to the bedroom. Sadie commands Collette to strip all the way, but Collette only gets down to her panties, garter belt and nylons. Sadie tells her to wash her hands, and that the soap is in the shower. When Collette picks up the soap, it triggers the heavy shower head to fall and knocks her out.

Collette strips

Collette is hanging upside down in the shower, hands bound behind her back, ankles tied together, with tape over her mouth. A creepy old guy rolls up in a wheelchair and eyes upside down and almost naked Collette and tells Sadie she did well. Sadie asks for "the address," the guy puts her off, she insists, the guy gives her an address and Sadie walks out. The guy sits there watching Collette struggle.

Collette hanging upside down

Sadie walks back in and shoots the guy with a small crossbow. She releases the girl, tells her to find another line of work and never to tell anyone what happened to her. Like that's going to happen.

There's a lot of jumping back and forth in this movie, and the next good scene we get is Sadie, waking up dead in the morgue. Here's our first Lucy Lui nudity, although it could have been more revealing. She wakes up in a morgue drawer and kicks her way out.

Sadie wakes up dead

Our next good sequence of events tells the tale of Sadie's demise. She is kidnapped, hands bound behind her back, and tossed into a back seat. She is taken to the mansion we saw in the opening GIMP scene. She is plopped down in a chair and questioned. Her answers are found wanting.

Sadie bound and kidnapped

She is taken upstairs and plopped down on a plastic covered bed. Nothing good will happen to you when you find yourself on a plastic covered bed. You can take that to the bank. Sure enough, the bad guy, Bishop, and his girlfriend-or-wife, fellow vampire Eve (played by the sexy Carla Gugino, who does not get naked at all, much to my disappointment) surround sexy Sadie and try to tell her this is going to be a good thing. Sadie is unconvinced. Bishop hits her, knocking her back on the bed and stunning her. Bishop can't decide whether he wants to kill her first or fuck her first. Eve says kill her. Bishop takes a small knife and slices her jugular. They hold her down as Sadie screams and thrashes her feet, until she loses strength. Then they drink her blood.

By the way, just as an aside, although it is probably not visible, Sadie's face is covered in sweat in that first picture below, which is so hot. I love sweat-covered helpless soon-to-be victims.

Sadie is held down and bled

Bishop undresses her and fucks her, although we don't get to see anything. Eve takes her turn with Sadie as well, which provides us with our only nudity in this entire scene. And that's just a blood-covered boob.

Sadie undressed and fucked

Stuff happens. Sadie crosses paths with a detective who doesn't know what to make of her but to show he's a Real Man, he shoots her in the back. Twice. Because cops masquerading as Real Men shoot unarmed women in the back. To show he's sorry he ends up removing the bullets and then handcuffing her to the bed. What a guy. (I didn't much like this character, if that's not clear.)

Sadie handcuffed to the bed

When Sadie finally convinces him that she will lead him to Bishop (where the detective expects to find his daughter, in a subplot that is fairly boring), he lets her go. They go to the warehouse where Bishop is. There are naked people hanging upside down in this place. Foreshadowing, no doubt, as Sadie ends up naked and hanging upside down in a poorly lighted but nonetheless nice GIMP scene. Bishop talks to her briefly, then positions a bowl underneath her and slashes her jugular again. He walks away as she bleeds out.

Sadie naked and upside down

The detective finds her. We still don't get to see a full-length upside down nude shot of Sadie, but there's a nice bit or two as he cuts her hands free and they fall down, then he lifts her bound feet off of a hook and lays her down. Then he covers her up. Damn.

Sadie is rescued

That's it for nudity and GIMP. The movie plays out as Bishop gets his and Sadie kicks her way out of a morgue drawer. Again.

SUMMARY: Pretty blond Collette strips topless, is bonked on the head and wakes up bound hands behind her back, upside down, and tape gagged, but she is eventually released. Sadie is kidnapped, hands bound behind her back, stunned by a blow to the head, has her throat cut and two vampires take turns drinking her. Then she is undressed (we don't see anything) and fucked in a shot so brief and unsatisfying that it did not even rate a vidcap. She is handcuffed to a bed. She is hung naked and bound upside down and her throat is slashed once again, but she is rescued in a scene notable for showing more of her bondage and nudity.

This movie is not bad, although it is notable for starring a lot of "name' actors and actresses who sleepwalk through their roles. It features extraordinary GIMP set ups but does not deliver. Hot naked gagged blond hanging upside down? Awesome. Then she's released without being whipped or anything? Letdown. Hot Asian chick on a plastic covered bed surrounded by two good-looking vampires, one of whom can't decide whether to kill her and then fuck her or fuck her and then kill her? Sweet. Brief glimpses alternating with blackouts, close-ups of just her face, hand and feet, but no full-length shots? Epic Fail. Shots of her clothes being removed and then getting fucked? I love the concept. No nudity and no actual shot of her getting fucked? I am disappointed in the execution. Hot Asian chick hanging naked, bound and upside down? Who could not love that? Poorly lighted scene with no full-length shot and nothing of consequence happens to her? I hate that. This gets a D+ GIMP rating. Nice set-up, hot chicks, but poor lighting and no follow-through.

This is the "Unrated, Undead" version of the movie, but I am so unimpressed that I refuse to watch the "Rated, Dead" version to highlight the differences. Probably nudity and bondage, since there was no sex to speak of in this version and I can't imagine they would add that to the "Rated" version. You can find this on Amazon for $9.99.

My Grade: D+


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