True Blood

This low-budget action film tells the story of a pair of brothers who try desperately to leave the mean streets of New York. Older brother Ray Trueblood (Jeff Fahey), the leader of a tough street gang, is framed for a murder that actually has been committed by Spider Masters (Billy Drago), the leader of a rival gang. Fleeing the Big Apple, Ray returns 10...read more

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This low-budget action film tells the story of a pair of brothers who try desperately to leave the mean streets of New York. Older brother Ray Trueblood (Jeff Fahey), the leader of a tough street gang, is framed for a murder that actually has been committed by Spider Masters (Billy Drago),

the leader of a rival gang. Fleeing the Big Apple, Ray returns 10 years later to find his brother, Donny (Chad Lowe), a member of Spider's gang. The rest of the film deals with Ray's efforts to get Donny to see the light and to clear his own name. More ambitious than most films of this type, but

still of only marginal interest, TRUE BLOOD is a truly strange movie. The cast comprises an interesting combination of B-movie performers of limited talent (Lowe and Sherilyn Fenn, as Ray's love interest) and capable character actors (Fahey and the terrific Drago), and the combination provides

TRUE BLOOD with an oddly compelling charm. Although Frank Kerr's weak dialog, predictable plot, and unfocused direction ultimately undermine the film's success, TRUE BLOOD does have its moments--the best of which are provided by Fahey (SPLIT DECISIONS) and Drago (Frank Nitti in THE UNTOUCHABLES),

whose weird presence and strange physical appearance help create a memorable villain.