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Angel Blade: A Post-Apocalyptic Battle Between Good and Evil

Scott Shaw
and Donald G. Jackson's 1999 film, Angel Blade, occupies a strange space in cinematic history. Made with the "Zen Filmmaking" philosophy, it embraces improvisation and throws out the traditional script, resulting in a unique, confusing, and undeniably captivating experience.

The plot, set in a dystopian, "Lost Angeles," pits the Blade Sisters: Ebony, Ecstasy, and Raven against an Egyptian vampire Pharaoh who leads a violent street gang. This wild premise is delivered through improvised scenes, creating a narrative that is loose and dreamlike. While some viewers find this confusing, it allows the film to explore themes and imagery in unexpected ways.

The, "Zen," approach extends beyond the narrative. The fight choreography is described as balletic and ritualistic, further blurring the lines between reality and the sisters' envisioned world. This unconventional style has garnered Angel Blade a cult following, with fans appreciating its raw energy and audacious filmmaking.

However, the lack of script can be a double-edged sword. Critics often cite the movie's nonsensical plot and confusing story as major drawbacks. The film can be difficult to follow, and some scenes veer into unintentional humor but the becomes the endearing appeal of the movie.

Despite its flaws, Angel Blade remains a fascinating experiment. It's a testament to the power of improvisation and the potential for a unique vision to create a film that, even if not universally loved, is undeniably memorable. Whether it's praised for its unconventional style or mocked for its incoherence, Angel Blade remains a conversation starter, a bizarre gem in the world of independent cinema.

Filmed in 1999 but not released until 2008, Angel Blade is a Sci-Fi Action Film Written, Produced, and Directed by Donald G. Jackson and Scott Shaw. Here's a deeper dive into the 2008 version:


  • The film unfolds in a dystopian Los Angeles ravaged by demons, where humanity barely survives under their oppressive rule.


  • The film tackles themes of good versus evil, sacrifice, and finding hope in the face of despair.

  • The lead character's journey embodies the struggle to overcome personal challenges and rise above limitations to fulfill a greater purpose.

  • Faith and its complexities are also explored, particularly through the portrayal of their mysterious beliefs of the lead characters.


  • Angel Blade received mixed reviews. Some praised its action sequences and visually stunning post-apocalyptic world. Others criticized the film's narrative and acting, calling it predictable and lacking depth.

  • Despite the mixed reception, the film has garnered a cult following among fans of B-movies and sci-fi action flicks, appreciating its unique blend of religious symbolism and futuristic action.

Additional Notes:

  • The film shares similarities with other post-apocalyptic action films featuring chosen heroes battling demonic forces, drawing inspiration from sources like, "Constantine," and, "Underworld."

  • If you enjoy B-movies, sci-fi action, and stories about unlikely heroes rising to the challenge, "Angel Blade" might be worth checking out. Just be prepared for its campy elements and unconventional storytelling.

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