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Frost: Portrait of a Vampire (2003)

Gary Busey , Jeff Manzanares , Kevin VanHook  |  R |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Jeff Manzanares, Charles Lister, Karen Bailey, Amy Angelowicz
  • Directors: Kevin VanHook
  • Writers: Kevin VanHook
  • Producers: Bruce Lee, David A. Jackson, Ron Cutler, Scott Norby, Shauna Shapiro Jackson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ63
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frost: Portrait of a Vampire" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Special-effects featurette with gallery and deleted scene
  • Storyboard gallery

Editorial Reviews

A band of mercenaries led by Jack Frost and his best friend Nat McKenzie, travel the world taking on assignments too dirty for the U.S. government. While wrapping up their latest mission, Nat gets bitten by something the locals refer to as the "Vampire Demon." When Jack finds out that Nat has been killed on a mission, Jack sets out to avenge his friend's death only to find out that Nat isn't dead, he's become a vampire! The former friends face each other in a final confrontation that pits two trained killers against each other.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Less than 1 Star. This movie was horrific to view!! November 18, 2003
I couldn't wait to see this movie. I went to BlockBuster to rent it and they told me it had been stolen off the shelf. I'm thinking "wow, must be a really good movie" so then I pay $14.99 to buy it. After watching the fabulously bad acting, listening to the seriously horrible sound (the actors appear to have dubbed their lines in after the film was shot) and the preposterously poor special affects I had to shut it off. I could barely watch 1/2 hour of it. It is THAT BAD. What the heck was Gary Busey thinking for God's sake?? I got suckered bad on this one, my only hope is that I can foist it off on someone else on E-bay. DO NOT BUY OR RENT THIS PILE OF CRAP!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You have been warned! June 19, 2003
There are a lot of bad vampire movies out there. This is the WORST!
The story had some potential I suppose, but the actors destroyed any hope that this movie may have had. "Horrible" doesn't begin to describe how poor the actors were. Maybe it's fitting. It is a vampire movie after all. It was lifeless, and you better believe it [was bad]!!! Buy "Near Dark" or "The Lost Boys" or "Interview.." or "Queen of the Damned" Heck, get a season or two of Buffy, but please don't waste your money on this atrocity!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Shlock November 13, 2003
You know, I tend to actually *enjoy* bad movies. There's nothing like getting together with friends and poking fun at a goofy movie.
Unless it is REALLY bad--so painfully bad you can't stand to watch it.
"Frost" is of the latter variety... bad acting, boring dialog, lame plot, paltry and fake-looking CGI effects, and one halfway decent actor (Gary Busey). If you really *LOVE* vampire movies, do NOT rent this film. The basic vampire storyline is so tried and true that its hard to ruin, but Frost succeeds in ruining it royally.
If you want a shlocky vampire film that's fun to watch, try "Vampires" with James Woods.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Even worth the 1! November 9, 2003
This movie is just terrible, first the main character Frost, looks like Kevin Smith the director and we are suppose to take him serious as some bad ass special oops solider give me a break. The story has holes in it and the CGI effects makes it look cheap. For flicks like this it should be latex and nothing else. The reason I gave it a 1 is because its a good story and if handled right could have put a new spin on vamp movies. The first vampire is from the middle east so that would have been something new but they just screwed it up tooo much. if you do see this rent it don't buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BLOODLESS VAMPIRE MOVIE February 9, 2005
And I don't mean literally. There is a good deal of blood spilled, but the problem with FROST PORTRAIT OF A VAMPIRE starts with the title. Wouldn't it indicate that Frost was the vampire? Not! Next: the movie hops around so much you don't really have any true concept of where we are in the script. There was an attempt in originality to make the vampire an Afghanistanian (or is it Afghan?), because that means he can walk around in the daylight. (Although later on, a big faux pas: Nat, the vampire, tells Frost the vampire hunter that guns can't kill him. BUT Nat himself shot the first vampire right in the head.) Also another convenience: you don't become a vampire until you die (that could be years later). Problem: We never really know when Nat died. ACTING: Well, Charles Lister as Nat tries hard, but other than the schlocky red eyes and the blood syrup, he isn't given much to work with. Why does he like being a vampire? He was a good Catholic boy at the start of the movie; he even chomps on a priest in the confessional later. No explanation is given for that one, either. Gary Busey (once nominated for an Oscar for "Buddy Holly Story" if you can believe that one) turns in another incredibly bad performance as the blind museum curator who spins the story for us. But, lordy lordy, where did Jeff Manzanares come from? The end credits said he was the stunt coordinator for the film, too. But why was he given the lead role? Now, let's focus on the word LEAD. With a long e, it's "lead", with a short e, It's "lead," like in the mineral. And that's what this beefy jerk gives in the role of Jack Frost (really, we've had killer snowmen and Michael Keaton already take this name, why bother with it again). Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better and worse than expected. July 6, 2003
Synopsis: A group of mercenaries on mission in Afghanistan encounter a vampire. One man is bitten and eventually becomes a vampire himself. Years later, retired mercenary captain Jack Frost finds himself in the unpleasant position of having to extinguish his one-time best friend.
I didn't expect to be disappointed in this movie because I wasn't expecting much to begin with. This is a "B-Rate flick," so tired story lines and sapping acting are par for the course. Never the less, I did find something in which to be disappointed after all.
My mistake was finding hope for the script in a few of the opening lines of dialogue. There was a reference made regarding pop culture (with which many people would surely be familiar), and that led me to believe the writer might actually have some imagination.
I was further spurred on in my optimism by the fact that the actors were more than competent. Even the supporting cast was skilled enough to create believable characters. I was truly taken with Charles R. Lister, our humble villain. Our hero, Manzanres, was typical of B-Rate heroes, but carried his burden well throughout the movie.
It was the plot that really brought this movie down and led to my eventual and surprising disappointment. That, and the rapid disintegration of the dialogue. The hoped for imaginativeness never materialized, except in a few witty one-liners and one or two brief exchanges between characters.
I would recommend this movie only to see these unknown and semi-unknown actors doing a valiant job battling their way through a plot more deadly (to an audience) than any vampire.
Note: C.R. Lister is one actor to look for in the future. If he could pull this off, I only wonder what he could do with a good script!
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