After a long wait, festival favorite Blood Punch is finally released on DVD and VOD on September 1st.
|"Things are about to get interesting!"|
Director Madellaine Paxson takes former Power Rangers R.P.M. actors and turns their respective kiddie entertainment days into a blood soaked hundred minutes of repeated carnage blended with edgy dark humor that sets Blood Punch far ahead of the current pack of meager budgeted horror films starring lesser known actors. With a bullet and knife addled story based somewhere between the Twilight Zone and meth fueled film noir, Paxson scores big by creating a subversively humorous motion picture that will satisfy the appetites of horror fans everywhere, even though this mixes numerous genres fluidly.
Starring a mismatched trio of actors that have worked together before, the chemistry is nearly impeccable as all three throw themselves onto the sharp blade of death time and time again. The seductively sassy Olivia Tennet does her best to work her cutesy charms while Milo Cawthorne and alpha male Ari Boyland duke it out for her affections. The three of them have a magnetic dynamic that takes what could have been a lesser known indie flick and turns it into a mesmerizing series of events that loses some realism due to poor sound design and the annoyingly repetitive use of fade outs. Yet, Paxson does a masterful job of leaving years of children's tv writing at the cottage door as she makes large gains in the directorial department. In the hands of lesser talent, Blood Punch wouldn't be as silly, engaging, or as genuinely perverse.
|"This movie is presented by big tobacco."|
I've seen a lot of smaller films like this over the years. Sometimes you put the cart before the horse and judge a book by its cover. In the case of Blood Punch, I was expecting another brainless dud. What I ended up getting was an inventive feature by a director that deserves her due respect. Blood Punch is an amalgamated recipe of genre ideas thrown into a slow cooker of indie goodness that uniquely churns out a satisfying dish of unadulterated fun.
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