Gabriella (Sarah Chang) is looking to avenge her family after the aswang hybrid killed them all. She teams up with some demon hunters calling themselves the Slayers, and with a hybrid killer named Bolo (Vincent Soberano) who is looking to redeem his humanity.
Their quest is to hunt down and kill Naga (Temujin Shirzada) and Gundra (Mekeal Turner), hybrid warlords of the supernatural underworld. However, after Gabriella settles into an unusual partnership with Bolo, they soon realise that their efforts to track down and kill the evil warlords is leading them right into a trap.
Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids is a feature length version of writer/director and co-star Vincent Soberano’s short films set in the same universe. Soberano’s pet project brings his vision to life on a bigger screen and makes no apologies for how loud, chaotic and violent that it gets. It may also remind its audience of things they watched in the Nineties such as Mortal Kombat and Buffy the Vampire Slayer – although nowhere near as well written.
Despite the comparison to pop culture martial arts favourites, there isn’t really enough to keep an audience invested in the world that Soberano has created. That is unless audiences just want to switch their brains off and watch some weakly choreographed fight scenes that go on for far too long.
After all, Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids plays as just that, like a pilot for a TV show where very little is explained in hopes that an audience will be distracted just long enough by a string of stunt men lining up to be hit in the chest.
There may be a particular style that the movie is going for that I may be missing, but the only thing that I can think it could be going for is a movie that’s so bad it’s good.
Unfortunately, despite a couple of laughable scenes, bad acting and a villain whose prosthetic teeth seem too big for his mouth, the movie doesn’t even have this kind of appeal either, leaving its audience with a wholly unearned sequel tease that nobody will want.
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