The human/vampire hybrid plot device has been used before in the likes of Blade and the lesser-known but still very cool Grave of the Vampire from 1974, but Dawn (a product of Tempe Video) gives the idea, and vampirism in general, a new spin. Dawn (Kacie Young) is a little girl about to turn 10 who has been living on the road with her father, John (Ray Boucher). Dawn's mother died in childbirth, so she and Dad have been on their own for as long as she can remember. Dawn has some very special needs she inherited from her mom who was a vampire in a rather non-traditional sense. Rather than being mystical hell spawned creatures, the Dawn vampires are a rare species that have lived alongside humanity since prehistoric times. They are not superhuman, nor are they immortal, and sunlight does not bother them, but they need human blood to survive. When Dawn's hunger becomes too strong to ignore, John drives her to a lakeside park, guided by Dawn's ability to sense other people's pain.

When Dawn finds the person her instincts have drawn her to -- an old man with advanced pancreatic cancer -- she offers to end his suffering. Once she assures him that he will not rise from the dead and become like her ("It doesn't work that way," she explains) he gratefully accepts her offer. This is how Dawn always feeds, taking the lives of only those who are sick and dying. But something new happens this time, an inexplicable rage that follows the feeding, which can best be described as the onset of vampire puberty. A psychic named Carlton Reed (played by director Jay Reel) is called in to investigate the old man's death. By his own admission, Reed isn't an especially powerful psychic, with his primary business being the finding of lost pets. The crime scene, however, gives him some very strong visions, and he realizes he encountered something like this 10 years earlier when his mother, a victim of muscular dystrophy, was murdered.

categories Dvds, Cinematical