My History With the Film:
Its no secret that I love low budget mid-to-late 90’s movies. If it had attractive twenty year old’s pretending to play teenagers, I was all about watching it. The Brotherhood was one of those movies I ran across quite often and I even purchased it on VHS previously used. However, I never got around to watching it.
On my flight to Seattle, I found The Brotherhood and it’s sequels streaming on Amazon Prime and I decided to wade into the waters of low budget vampires. Little did I know, this movie was not exactly made for someone like me.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A fraternity of vampires attempts to recruit a new student.
What I Liked About It:
-Bradley Stryker (Devon) has a unique look and a unique voice and he made for a fantastic vampire leader. However, his lack of acting showed through (this was his first role) and the film suffered for it.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-Okay, so maybe I should have read some reviews prior to watching this film, but I had no idea it was a vampire film with homo-erotic tones.
-The dialogue is atrocious and so is the acting. There is low-budget and then there is ‘low-budget’ and this is the latter.
-Overall, this is just a horrible movie that seems to have been made just as an excuse to have a bunch of hunky guys running around with their shirts off.
-Spawned five sequels.
-Originally titled I’ve Been Watching You.
– David DeCoteau (Director) got his start working for Roger Corman. He’s directed a slew of very low budget horror films, most famous probably being Puppet Master III.
So, The Brotherhood was a bust and my thoughts about watching the entire franchise died with the first film. I assume it made reasonable money on the rental market to spawn so many sequels, and I do recall it being on the shelves all over the place in the early 2000s.
The film is bad. It’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it definitely in the top twenty-five of the worse movies I’ve ever seen. You can tell the director has worked with Roger Corman.
I’d rate The Brotherhood as a one out of five, and say avoid it unless you want to laugh at a very bad movie attempting to be good.