A-Z Movie Reviews: ‘Beyond The Rave’

Welcome to A-Z Movie Reviews.  Every Sunday, for the next several months, I will be posting a review of a film in my home movie collection.  How it works is, I will be reviewing movies in alphabetical order until I get to the letter Z (Yes, I do have a film that ends in Z).  Now I realize there are many ways to alphabetize a film collection but this is mine so don’t judge me.  This is simply for fun.


I’ve seen and own quite a few of Jamie Dornan’s films even those that are rare finds.  Jamie’s first starring role, even though most, including Jamie, would say it isn’t, was as Ed in the film Beyond The Rave, and it is definitely a rare find.  Beyond The Rave is a film that came out in 2008 and was released on MyspaceTV, seriously, it’s that old.  The film was made in the UK so it’s difficult to get a copy here in the United States.  The only reason I was able to get my hands on one is because I have a friend in the UK who sent it to me.

What it’s about:

Ed, an English soldier (Dornan) must find and win back his girlfriend from the clutches of a mysterious group of hardcore ravers before he flies to Iraq in the morning.

Beyond The Rave is a campy vampire flick but it keeps you entertained.  It’s broken down into 20 episodes, because it was done in  a serial sort of way.  There is no shortage of blood spatter and the vampires are not cheesy nor do they sparkle.  All that’s on their minds is taking humans and harvesting them for their blood.  

The humans are lured in by the rave and this is just another reminder of why I never wanted to go to one.  Also, any party that I have to spend all day long waiting for a location on, is not worth my time.  Raves are stupid. The details like the location and time, come at the last minute since they are technically illegal parties.  Ed and his friends spend half of the film in the car waiting to hear the location of the rave.  Who wants to waste a whole day in a car waiting to find out when and where a party starts?.  Not me. 

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There really isn’t much else I can say about this film because it’s just a really indie film.  It’s low-budget, but the acting isn’t bad.  The biggest draw for me was Jamie Dornan, and of course the vampire aspect because I like films with vampires.  Like I said, Beyond The Rave draws you in and holds your attention the entire way through.  If you’re a fan of vampire flicks, then I would recommend it.  Although it isn’t available anywhere for purchase, if you are willing to dig deep for it, you can find the episodes on Youtube.

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