Intriguingly, The Breed is set itself in a faded retro-future, one where the dated vehicles and costumes recall something of the backward-looking futures of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) or Brazil (1985) or even more closely the virtual noir retro-world of Dark City (1998) and in particular the later vampire alternate world film Perfect Creature (2006). It is only ever implied that the film is taking place in the future it could just as easily be an alternate world. It is a world that looks like a perpetual vision of the USSR (in fact, The Breed was shot in Budapest). The faded buildings and old vehicles contrast with the images of a sinister police state and background signs that offer intriguingly sinister messages such as Informing on Your Enemy Makes Them Your Friend. The background is never explained or dwelt on any more than that but the effect is interesting.
Where the vision falters slightly is when The Breed falls into the postmodern need of films to make perpetual in-reference to the genre they drawing themselves from. Thus we get numerous reference to other vampire movies and characters named John Seward, Lucy Westenra, Elizabeth Bathory, Graf Orlock (the vampire in Nosferatu ) and Barbara Steele (after the actress who appeared in numerous 1960s Italian horror films, most notably Black Sunday ). The genre in-referencing is gimmicky and it distracts from the suspension of disbelief. The Breed is a film strong enough to be carried by its story and this in-referencing only pulls back and remind us we are watching a movie. Director Michael Oblowitz also throws in some cliche flying action scenes, which are not particularly well accomplished.
The Breed also features the exotically beautiful presence of Chinese-born actress Bai Ling, memorable as the seer in The Crow (1994) and most hilarious in the Hong Kong horror Dumplings (2004). Decked out in piercing contact lenses and a series of wildly exotic costumes here, she exudes a genuinely unearthly presence.
Director Michael Oblowitz has gone onto make a number of other B-budget action films and thrillers. He ventured back into the genre was the killer shark film Hammerhead (2005), The Traveler (2010) about an enigmatic stranger and the ESP film The Ganzfeld Experiment (2013).
Clip from the film here:-