Blood Fest is a ghoulish trove of what every horror fan oozes over and dies for.
“Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers – more schooled in horror-film cliches than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers – must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive.”
Blood Fest was a blast. It makes you wish that an actual Blood Fest existed; any horror fan will be grinning ear to ear just thinking about such an event. You’ll be blurting out all the references, both subtle and not, during the whole movie. This movie makes you feel like Randy from Scream. There was a healthy balance of older and current horror movies references to accommodate any age of fan. That’s another component of Blood Fest I really enjoyed; the diversity. There were all kinds of fans represented, of every race and age. The variety of sub genres is another selling point. Clowns? Got ’em. Fearleaders? Mmhmm. Blood and blood and decapitations and blood? Yas. The heroes of the film are super duper turbo nerds trickling down to moderate horror fans. The villains were just as passionate and dickish enough for you to absolutely dislike them but also admire their madness at the same time.
The creation of horror movies/franchises for the film’s universe was also appreciated because of the creativity and obvious influences of “real life” films. The Arborist was bad and ass. It’s aware of all the joys and hardships of being a horror nerd and addresses those things with a sense of humor and pride. It tackles the fan types, the cliches, the filmmakers, and more. A lot of nods of agreement will be made during this movie.
The plot was very fun. Transparent a bit? Probably for the sticklers and scrutinizers in the crowd. The funny sidekick character didn’t hit the nail on the head but there was plenty of other angles that got laughs out of me. I also would have liked to see more of the different areas of the festival.
Owen Egerton seemed to be having the fucking time of his life with this role and project, so go give the guy a watch on Amazon, Itunes, or wherever you score your VODs.