WOW…I just finished BLOOD PUNCH, and I am happy to proclaim this film is now in the running for Best Horror Movie of 2015 in my book! I didn’t quite know what to expect going into this one, so I was delightfully surprised to discover just how good this movie really is. Chocked full of intensity and dark humor, with brilliant writing and an enthralling storyline, this is one film you will want to visit over and over.
If you are not familiar with BLOOD PUNCH, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:
On the promise of the ultimate drug score, brilliant chemistry student Milton breaks out of court mandated rehab to follow the mysterious and seductive Skylar and her boyfriend, Russell, to an isolated hunting lodge, where they intend to produce enough meth to set them up for life. Caught in the middle of a love-triangle, Milton and Skylar murder Russell, burying his body in the woods. The next morning they are horrified to find him alive and well, with no memory of the day before. Forced into an endless cycle of death, carnage, and mayhem, Milton is desperate for answers and a way out. But the truth is more horrifying than he could have ever imagined, nothing is as it seems, and there is no one to trust–least of all himself.
After pondering it for a bit, I’ve concluded that I cannot say anything negative about this film at all. This is a monumental feat, as I usually have one or two reservations about most of the movies I watch. A lack of constructive commentary certainly signifies a winning title here.
BLOOD PUNCH is shot well and looks good onscreen. When the movie first started, I was worried about the budget and how ‘cheap’ the film might appear. Thankfully, my concerns were unfounded. The production value of the film looks modest, and the crew does a great job with the budget.
The acting in BLOOD PUNCH is very good, with Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, and Ari Boyland as the leads. Cawthorne is a great geek as Milton, while Boyland shines as the jerk Russell. Tennet stands out, however, as the multi-faceted Skylar. These three share an onscreen chemistry that is almost magical. This could be, in part, due to the fact that the three actors appeared together in POWER RANGERS R.P.M. several years ago. This aspect of their dynamic made me smile; all three have come a long way since those days.
The special effects are also a winner here as well. The carnage appears real, and the gore looks fantastic. One of my favorite effects comes about when one of the characters steps inside the house…and right into a bear trap. The resulting blood splash almost made me stand up and clap.
BLOOD PUNCH is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it to every horror and thriller fan out there. It is very well written, and the story is mesmerizing. The final scenes are the film’s ace-in-the-hole, and I found the ending thoroughly satisfying. This movie has everything, and you just can’t ask for much more. The film is available now, so give it a look.