Directed by Ernest Dickerson
Starring Arjay Smith
Another solid entry in the "Masters of Horror" series, this was distributed as a stand-alone film on DVD, although it clocks in at 60 minutes. While this wasn't the best episode in the series, it also wasn't the worst. It's surprisingly gory, even for Masters of Horror.
Nadon and Smith play two teenagers obsessed with videogames, specifically "Doom 3." When Nadon convinces Smith to go to a local mortuary where his cousin works nights – and where the body of a classmate has shown up – they decide to check it out. Heck, who wouldn't at 17?
Naturally, things don't go well at the mortuary, with Michael Ironside showing up as a yellow-toothed ghoul or vampire or something along those lines. When he kills Nadon's friend – who eventually comes back and kills Nadon – things obviously get more and more complicated. Nadon is torn between wanting to feed off his mother and divorced dad and to fight the evil bastard that turned him and his best friend into blood drinking undead ghouls.
To make a long story short, "The V Word" is a well done mini-movie that does a lot with a small cast and a reasonable make-up effects budget. There's some gruesome, cutting edge gore in this film. The acting is decent and the story on its whole believable. What "The V Word" is, I suppose, is vampire but it could also stand for violence given the boy's propensity for violent videogames.
All in all, an excellent horror movie (or mini-movie) experience from the director of "Demon Knight" and "Bones", well worth the price of admission.
-- Review by Lucius Gore