Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids (2019)

Posted in Reviews by - April 02, 2020
Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids (2019)

A monster-martial arts mash-up from Vincent Soberano based on the story of the evil ‘Aswang’ spirits from Filipino folklore. For a 70-minute movie, you get your money’s worth: its packed with stabby, slicey vampire-slaying, with Soberano using a well-worn apocalyptic premise to showcase some exemplary, weapons-based Filipino martial arts sequences. The back-story feels slightly superfluous; something about the Aswang possessing magical blood which infiltrates the human gene pool, creating a hybrid army led by Naga (Temujin Shirzada), who goes full-on crazy and needs to be taught a lesson. The final assault on the Aswang lair takes up a huge part of the run-time and is filmed in an intimate and realistic way, taking visual and narrative cues from films like The Raid and Blade¬†as well as comic books, featuring some neat graphical asides which act as a scene-setting device. It remains exciting and engaging because of its cast of martial arts experts, who each get their moment to go on the rampage; fighters like Sarah Chang, Monsour del Rosario, Ian Ignacio and Levi Ignacio, plus the UK’s very own Mayling Ng, who swings by for a brief throw-down with Chang.

AKA: Blood Hunters.

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