If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I enjoy horror movies. I grew up watching the classics (Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Halloween...). They are still my favorites today.
Whenever I am given the opportunity to review a horror movie I usually take on the review. Sadly, most horror movies I am sent to review are not “horror” movies in the true sense. They are mostly a bloody, gory mess with no real story line. Film makers also toss in some sex, nudity and vulgar language too.
It’s been a long time since I have reviewed a horror movie that I actually enjoyed. That movie was Train to Busan, which I reviewed in January of 2017. Yes, it’s been that long since I have had the opportunity to review a horror movie that I actually enjoyed. How sad is that?
I had the opportunity to review a film called Blood Fest.
Blood Fest stars Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Tate Donovan, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman and Owen Egerton, who happens to be the writer and director of the film. Zachary Levi also makes a brief appearance in the film.
Dax (Kay) enjoyed watching horror movies as a child with his mother. His father was against them.
Even after a horrific family tragedy, Dax still loved horror movies.
Dax and his friends, Sam (Gabriel), Krill (Batalon) got wind of something called “Horror Fest.” It was a cool event that celebrated all the popular horror movies.
Dax’s father, Dr. Conway (Tate), was totally against Dax going and cut up his wrist band that allowed him to get into the festival. His friends were not going to let him miss out so they talked another friend, Ashley (Dunkelman) if she could get him in. She recently filmed a horror movie and was going to be there with the film’s director.
Blood Fest is set up on a huge, isolated property. There are different areas set up to represent various horror movies.
Once you enter the festival the doors are locked and the gates are electrified to keep people from leaving until the morning.
All the attendees are thinking that Blood Fest is just a festival to get drunk, buy merchandise and visit sites that represent their favorite horror movies. But they were wrong – dead wrong.
The man in charge of Blood Fest, Antony Walsh (Egerton) has a much more sinister plan. NO ONE is to get out of Blood Fest alive. He’s actually using the massacre of the unknowing festival goers as part of a new movie he’s making.
Now it’s up to the friends, as well as others, to escape the festival grounds before they are killed by vampires, zombies, maniacs, possessed dolls, and killer clowns.
Will the friends survive? How can they possibly survive being surrounded by nothing but killers who are out to get them, and everyone else at the festival. To find out you need to go see Blood Fest playing at select theaters on August 31, 2018. The movie will also be available On Demand. Check with your provider on August 31, 2018 to see when it will be playing.
Blood Fest is more of a comedy than it is a horror movie, however, some people might see it as a horror movie because there are plenty of cliche horror characters and plenty of scenes where things jump out at you when you don’t expect it. Die hard horror fans will find the film funny and interesting. Those who are easily squeamish will think of this more of a horror film (but they might laugh at some parts too).
I’m a “horror movie snob.” It takes A LOT to impress me. I was actually impressed by this film. I love the concept of the film and the interesting assortment of classic horror movie characters. The film kept my interest from start to finish. Normally with horror movies I just roll my eyes a lot and I get bored easily. This was not the case with this film at all. I really enjoyed it.
There is a lot of blood and gore in this film. Please be aware of that if you plan on seeing the film. Blood and gore doesn’t bother me. Especially because the film is meant to make you laugh, as well as close your eyes or perhaps sleep with the light on at night.
The movie is funny. I laughed many times. It’s hard not to. But its in a fun way, not a “this-film-is-incredibly-stupid” way.
I’m not sure about bonus features for this film. I was able to watch the film via a screening link and there were no bonus features included.
If you love horror movies, you should check out Blood Fest. It’s a fun movie.
Check out the film’s trailer.
*I watched the film for free using a screener link. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.