We Dougray Scott fans are used to disappointment. We've seen our man suited up for Wolverine and then de-clawed when Joo Woo couldn't bring in a movie on time, we've seen him so close to becoming Bond that he actually talked about it with the press -- what a Bond he could have been, too: snarling, Scottish orphan grown into an ice-water assassin -- and we've seen him reduced to bill-paying roles in films like Dark Water and Ever After. But hope springs eternal -- another chance at glory will come this October, when he takes on the bad guy role in the much-anticipated film Hitman. At this late stage of the game, I can't imagine he'd let an opportunity like that fly by without swinging hard for the fences, so buy your tickets early. Until then, we must make do withPerfect Creature, a direct-to-DVD feature being released today. As far as these things go, the film, a vampire story set in a fantasy version of New Zealand, is actually not all that bad.

Opening the action of the film are some lovely shots of zeppelins cutting across a moonlit sky; the world below is a Proyasian mish-mash of styles and eras, with thoroughly modern police detectives interacting with a Dickensian city panicked by the possibility of Influenza. The technology seems to have evolved along an alternate timeline; we get a completely random mixture of present-day gadgets mixed with what looks like vintage equipment. The film's vampires -- they prefer the term 'brothers' -- were born in some genetic freak event hundreds of years ago, and now co-exist among humans as a powerful minority sect who long ago wove themselves into the fabric of the predominant religion and have carefully honed their status as behind-the-scenes political players. They don't kill anyone, nor can they themselves be killed, although they do eventually die of old age, apparently. The problems begin when one of their own goes off the reservation and begins targeting humans. They try to bring him down themselves, but fail, prompting human cops to get involved.

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