19th Apr2018

‘Corbin Nash’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Dean S. Jagger, Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davidson, Fernanda Romero, Richard Wagner, Patrick Brennan, Chris Pardal, Thomas Q. Jones, Lovake Heyer, Elizabeth Greer, Holly Lynch | Written by Ben Jagger, Dean S. Jagger, Christopher P. Taylor | Directed by Ben Jagger

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A rogue police detective in search of his parent’s killer is murdered and reborn the ultimate killer…

With the number of missing persons on the rise, rogue hardnosed detective Corbin Nash (Dean S. Jagger) begins to dig deeper to try and uncover the truth. He may have unorthodox methods in finding information, but he does what it takes to get things done. After investigating a lead, Corbin and his partner Frank Sullivan (Chris Pardal) suddenly find themselves up against an inhuman adversary, as they are faced with vampires Queenie (Corey Feldman) and her partner Vince (Richard Wagner). Unable to deal with the superior speed of the vampires, both detectives are Knocked unconscious, Frank is left behind at the scene whilst Corbin is kidnapped and taken to an underground facility. When Corbin wakes he finds himself detained in a cell with several other prisoners and it soon becomes apparent why they have been brought here. Some of the prisoners are forced to fight each other to the death in the ring, whilst other face a fate far worse as they are only detained to be harvested for their blood.

Following several fights in the ring a decision is made that Corbin is no longer needed. An order is given for him to be feasted upon by the vampires, before he is driven back into the city and dumped in the back streets where he is left to die. However, when a local stripper Macy (Fernanda Romero) finds him in the street, she takes him home and helps him to recuperate. When Corbin finally recovers, he finds himself to be a change man. He is stronger, faster and now hellbent on revenge.

Director Ben Jagger delivers what the fans expect from an action horror with plenty of blood as well as some slick and brilliantly executed action scenes. But Corbin Nash manages to deliver so much more, developing the story as much as it does the action and generating some engaging performances from the talented cast.

The film is led by co-writer Dean S. Jagger as the formidable Corbin Nash, who is perfectly suited to the role. The action sequences look good where they clearly utilise Dean’s background in martial arts. But as suited as he is to the action, I was really impressed by his performance during the more tranquil moments, where he holds his own on screen with Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davison and later in the film Malcolm McDowell. Proving his aptitudes as a rounded actor and not just an action hero.

Despite having a supporting role Rutger Hauer as the stranger and Bruce Davison as Jack add gravity to the scene, in a moment where they explain to Corbin that his father was previously a vampire hunter. It may only be short performance on screen, but they both make the most of the time which they have.

The cast also includes Malcolm McDowell who has continued to make a real impact to the horror genre in recent years and continues the trend in Corbin Nash as the Blind Prophet. His biblical style narration of the film really helps to set the scene and his subtle performance once again shows how less can often prove to be more. Much Like Chris Pardal as Frank he is one of the characters who we are only introduced, but as the films plays out you feel that they could play a more of pivotal part in the sequels going forward.

The highlight of the film however belongs to Corey Feldman who steals the film as Queenie. This is unlike anything he has done before and easily his most impressive performances in years. Anyone who has seen the pictures can see how impressive the makeup is, but when it comes to Queenie that is only part of the story. Corey really seems to embellish the character and with his irrepressible performance creates an unpredictable character. His sinister delivery some of the films best lines makes him come across as both disturbing, but also at times darkly funny. It is an amazing portrayal from Corey, but it is his vulnerability of the character which I found most interesting, with the constant need for reassurance from her victims and partner Vince. Queenie is difficult describe as a character, but if you merge the characteristics of Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs (1991) and the intense performance of Grace Jones as Katrina in Vamp (1986), you can get some idea of what you can expect.

The film is beautifully shot, with the visual style often replicating the disposition of the scenes. The night shots are often illuminated with the neon lighting which softly reflects the tone against the shadows, it has a comic book coloration which is balanced against the noir style cinematography. The actions scenes which take place in the city are and seamlessly executed, with the slow-motion shots cleverly incorporated to reflect the superior speed and movement of the vampires in combat.

The underground fight scenes however offer a contrast to the city shots with more grounded and brutal fight scene. Outside of the ring is completely blacked out, so although you can hear the voices of the crowd the action is fixated on the brutal action inside the ring, with its stained blooded floor and barb wire ropes.

There are vampire films being released every year which take a different approach to the methodology with varying degrees of success, but thankfully Corbin Nash is a vampire film which really delivers. Thanks to a well-developed story and exceptional performances from the cast, this is a film which is great fun to watch, but also leaves you wanting more. This is a perfect start to the series and with so many avenues left unexplored I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Fans of the genre will not be disappointed with Corbin Nash, because it is a film you will want to see again; plus once you see Queenie she’s a character which you won’t soon forget!

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