Rutger Hauer - Doctor Marlowe
Roy Dupuis - John Strauss Van Daam
Gillian Ferrabee - Eva Van Daam
Kristin Lehman - Kathleen
Joanna Noyes - Byrde
Lisa Bronwyn Moore - Toot
Leni Parker - Baby Laura
Felicia Schulman - Yolanda
Charles Adair, Dan O'Bannon, Ron Shusett
Awards and Nominations:
- 1998 - Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Nomination as Best Film, 1998.
Plot: In 1652, the King of Holland forbids intermarriage, a popular lifestyle choice for the aristocracy.
Eva Van Damme, who enjoys the pleasures of the flesh with her brother, refuses to change her lifestyle and moves the family to the New World community of Van Damme's Landing, Maine.
More than three centuries later, a ferry carries ailing John Strauss and his wife, Kathleen, to latter-day Van Damme's Landing.
He is dying from a mysterious blood disease and is searching for his roots here, in the hope what he learns may hold the key to his life.
On the island, in addition to strange inhabitants, Strauss meets a visiting doctor, who develops a desire to help cure the man's illness. Strauss knows he was born here, but that he was sent as an infant to Paris and subsequently adopted. If his relatives can be located, he may live on. What he does not know is that sometimes what you wish for may prove to be far worse than death.
Notes: “Hemoglobin” was filmed in the suggestive scenery of Grand Manan, an island off the coast of New Brunswick (Canada).
The lighthouse where the final scenes are taking place, is called “Swallowtail” and is located in North Head. There are also plenty of whales in Grand Manan's local waters - they are the major reason tourists go there: there are seven whale-watching tour operators!
The whales species include hump-back, right (only 200-300 remain in the North Atlantic), Minke, plus the harbor porpoise and white-sided dolphin.
Rutger's Notes: This story is quite different though. It isn't quite horror, but sort of bites the edge of the horror genre. Although I have done genre work before, I don't quite care which genre I work in. Horror is fun, though, and I make it as entertaining as I can for the audience. Everybody is driven by fear, so the first lesson to learn is, learn what fear really is all about. Once you learn which buttons to push to create fear in someone, it's an easy game to play.