Since the last post on CE, MANY MANY months ago, my family has moved from Kentucky to Colorado. One of the many things we’ve learned that Colorado does better than Kentucky…MOVIE THEATERS! You can stay in your seat, that has a table, and order food and beer! BEER! A server, yes, a server, like in a real restaurant, picks up your order and brings you your meal and beer…yes, beer!
My husband is a photographer and we’re often able to obtain media passes to various events. I’m a DIEHARD HUGE horror movie freak! Love them! Foreign countries do it best with Asian horror, my leaps and bounds favorite. BUT, that isn’t what this post is about…this post is about a movie we saw at the Mile High Horror Film Festival at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado, Blood Punch.
I’ll start off by saying that I has ZERO interest in seeing this film. Why? Because the synopsis that they gave in the program made it sound stupid:
A young man finds himself drawn into a dangerous love triangle gone haywire.
I mean, does that sound exciting? Nope, not even a little. It doesn’t say “horror” anywhere. So why did we go and see that? Because there was a “hole” between the last movie we saw and the next movie to say…this was an all day event by the way…11:00am – freaking midnight! NOTHING that was on at that time sounded good so we told the ticket person to choose for us. She did an awesome random job! My husband, not a horror fan…heck, he’s not a huge movie fan, liked it! They should have made the synopsis better! Because this was really a great flick! We saw quite a few movies yesterday…a lot (and I mean A LOT of shorts) and 2 full length movies (Blood Punch and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre…with the original Leatherface doing a Q&A before the movie!). Every movie and short had a rating card for the viewers to fill out (not Texas Chainsaw). Blood Punch was the only flick that I scored a 5!
I’m typically not a fan of comedy being mixed in with my horror but this one…spot on! It’s not stupid comedy but a witty comedy that was delivered perfectly by the 3 stars of the film; Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, and Ari Boyland. All 3 stars, we found out after the movie, during a Q & A with Eddie Guzelian (yeah, click on his link and tell me his resume doesn’t scream “I’m great at horror!”…but he was!) and Ari, that the 3 stars are all from New Zealand. SHOCKED! Their English accents were spot on.
The story, I worried, was going to be too…oh, Breaking Bad. I mean, the leading ladies name is Skylar and she’s looking for somebody (in rehab) to cook meth for her and make her rich. One patient offers to cook for her…he’s bald (like Walter White). I even looked at my husband and rolled my eyes, I mean, how unoriginal. I thought that was cheesy but I loved the acting. Milo’s character, Milton, was a sexy nerd. Tennet had this great ability to be sexy and a tomboy at the same time. So, at this point, I didn’t like the movie but was digging the characters. Ari plays Russell, Skylar’s boyfriend. He’s a cop that quits once he breaks Skylar and Milton out of rehab. Kind of cheesy but I think it was supposed to be a cheesy scene. The 3 head off to a cabin to cook meth and become rich.
I’m not going to give away any more of the direct story because I want you to see the movie when it gets to you. The basic point is, the 3 get stuck in a time loop, a Groundhog Day type of situation…but it goes much much deeper than that. Why are they stuck? How do they get “unstuck”? Will they all make it out?
There’s a meth deal scene that I really didn’t like…it was the only part of the movie that I just flat out didn’t like. I didn’t care for the actors very much…I guess I didn’t mind the dealers part but there was girl character, Nabiki, that just served no point and seemed…I don’t know…in there for no reason. They do come into play later (again, Nabiki wasn’t needed really) but the entire scene was just…not as nearly as good as the rest and seemed kind of thrown together.
GO SEE THE MOVIE! It was really good and I love seeing independent films and low budget films. Too many movies today rely too much on computer stuff (I’m so tech savvy) and not as much on good acting. This one has good acting and is, well, it’s just a great low budget flick!
Sinister Movie Trailer – I just finished watching this trailer for the first time and I don’t know that my eyes could have gotten any larger! This movie looks…AMAZING! Guess what I’ll be seeing on October 5? Oh, it doesn’t seem fair to make you guess..I’ll tell you! SINISTER!
From what I can gather (since this post is on the trailer only) is that family died (murder/suicide…one or the other or a combination of both) in a home that Ethan Hawk, an author, and his family move into. Apparently they’re forced to move from a more expensive home. Ethan claims that he’s going to write the best book ever written. He comes across a box of movie reals that show various family movies of the family that died in the house before…including the hangings…or at least part of them. Whether or not they’re really on the movie real or if Ethan is just “shown” that part isn’t clear. Apparently the children start to be haunted/visited by the children of the deceased the family and things start getting interesting! There is something out there that feeds on the souls of children that see this being in photos.
From IMDb: “Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.”
The machinery for Lionsgate looks cool! I love the industrial look!
Nerds & geeks are always fun…especially ones portrayed in front of a concession machine at work. Hey that’s that guy…*off to check* *back from checking…Bradley Whitford, Steve. I know him from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Scent of a Woman. Okay *PLAY*. OH and that’s THAT guy *sigh* *PAUSE* *back*…Richard Jenkins, Richard. Where do I know him from? Burn After Reading and The Indian in the Cupboard. Well, that doesn’t seem right. He seems way more familiar than from those 2 movies *head scratcher* *PLAY*…Their sense of humor reminds me of Steve’s. Not the rude part…just the quick witted part. LOVE IT ALREADY!
And now my husband loves it already LOL. I miss Mad Men (red head, Dana) made me think of Joan). I can’t imagine that girl (Jules) as anything other than a blonde…I wonder what I would have thought if I had seen her as a brunette first. Breaking up with her over email? How old is he? 12? The acting is better than I thought it would be. Well that was convenient! (Holen…love the name by the way) Boyfriend (Curt) is funny. LOL These two are funny! I want an RV. I WANT AN RV! LOVE THAT STATION WAGON! Marty, what a bad influence you are…dude. LOL “Have you gone gray?” *giggle* Very interesting street. Hey, who’s the creep on the roof?
We named our GPS; Peggy. Damn, I want an RV. Don’t these people know you should never go on vacation where there’s no cell phone service? I WANT AN RV!
That’s the cleanest gas pump of that age in existence. Barter *giggle*. Steve just made a valid point. He said he wouldn’t think this place would even be open and he doesn’t know why they think it is. But hey, look, they are 🙂 Marty, you’re going to get a punch. OH NO HE DIDN’T! *giggle* Marty is hilarious!!!!
Man, I had low hopes for this movie. I may well have been wrrrrr…wrrrrr….wrrrr…wrong.
Cute little cabin. It looks like a place we would stay on the lake. Maybe we should be more careful LOL.
Peek-a-boo….who sees you?
Did I miss how long it had been since someone had stayed here? It’s amazingly…not dusty. Perv LOL. Well, now, isn’t that convenient. Aw, good boy, almost a good boy…AW a good boy! I love Marty. He’s a gentleman. Why is Jules mad? Now, you’re going to be a bad girl…but I bet he kind of hopes you’re peaking. Disappointing him a bit. Nobody likes that picture LOL. They go to extremes to hide it. I think the vast majority of people would just, you know, ignore it.
Dumb blond? HEY! I resemble that remark! Bradley Whitford always plays the same type of character. Must be somewhat like his real personality. *giggle* Geez, this is great! It’s like something so unrealistic presented in such a realistic way. It’s just like people act at a real office.
Another avid worshipper of the sun god. LOVE the “what’s in the water” part. I hate that I’m liking this movie LOL. I hate that I thought the acting would be bad and it’s really good!
What are they betting on? Surely not deaths. Man, Whitford is funny! I’m so anxious to know exactly what this “company” does.
Truth or dare? Y’all look old for 14. Moose? *giggle* Beastiality. Ummmm, ewwwww….I think she’s taking this a bit too far. She’s creeping me out and everybody in the room and uhhh, ewwww. Wind blew open a (great minds, Marty) wooded cellar door? NOBODY would go down there right now LOL. There’s no reason for it have opened. First thought is somebody (or something muhahahahaha) is down there. I think they’re being more brave than the average bear would be. What’s the music telling us? Something is going to happen. OH the music stopped. I’d love to have those movie reels. So intrigued with that jewelry box that we’ve all seen a million and one times in our lives by that age. HA, just as I was about to type how convenient it was for everybody to do something odd to line up at the same time…it changed. OMG coals in a belly? WTH? I can tell you what I would do…I would take that diary (because I’m nosy and I like freaky stuff) and I’d get in the car and go home. Marty, smarter than the pot makes him seem. Zombies 🙂 Zombies are buried with saws? Well that’s something you don’t see every day.
I’m so confused right now. So their job is to set people up to be killed? But the people in the cabin get to “choose” how they die? Not like “How do you want to die” but based off of their actions? AWESOME!!! People in Asia are dying in a VERY Asian horror movie look. I love my Asian horror!
So in my young and pretty days I would never have danced like that around my friends LOL. And certainly never like that on another guy with my boyfriend around (or not around…I was a good girlfriend). Jules is a tease *tsk* *tsk*
You’re usually able to tell who will live and who will die in these movies…long before Scream gave the rules.
I can’t tell. You can probably be safe in thinking Curt & Jules will die but the other 3 worthy of living. “Poptarts” *giggle* Love Marty!
It doesn’t always come back. I took French my freshman and sophomore years. I can remember the alphabet, ask what time it is and NOT understand the answer, say “My name is Lori” and few other little things but that’s all 🙁 I can read it though…not read and translate but read it LOL.
No girl as horny as Jules is going to be too cold for sex. Pheromone myst…cool. Crap, it is like The Hunger Games LOL. Customer? Customer? And there’s your gratuitous boob shot. What is she doing? OH that was odd. And zombies with tools. That’s something you dont’ see in every horror movie. What…was that thing? Told you they would die. She’s not screaming….you could hear me the net county over!
Is that a Catholic thing? Dang it, I want to be Catholic. What’s this going to do, what’s this going to do? WHAT’S IT DOING? Blood? Whose? Where did it come from? WTH?
Marty is awesome.Framed for something to happen with the window. Oh, or not. Nice that the movie isn’t predecible.
Nice job, Marty, pulling in things from the diary. Also, I wouldn’t go outside knowing (thinking) that my friends were having sex out there. Lots of light on your face for there not being any stars. *pst* Marty…hey…*nudge* Marty. OH Curt, you’re alive! Okay, everybody would think he killed Jules and that’s her blood. People are so calm. Okay, you can leave with Jules now. Don’t people faint any more? So before he had pheromone myst and now we have make you stupid myst. Always safety in numbers. Love Marty. Yeah, glass windows…that’ll keep ’em out. Block your window. Uh oh….fun! He knew he was a puppet 🙂 Go Marty go! Go Marty go! NO! Aw Marty 🙁 *sniffle*
How are they getting the “player’s” blood? So the customers are going to be some type of devil animal?
Her man to the rescue. Unbelievably calm. oh no, her man 🙁 Man that would hurt SO much! Ummm gross. You can’t kill a dead guy. It can’t end that easily. He sure is walking awfully well for having had a big bear trap knife thing in his back.
WTH…Asian horror kids are winning? What’s going on? I can barely back out of my driveway and Curt just flew backing out of a a narrow tunnel driving an RV? You’re going to jump it…on that? So cheesy, but I think it’s supposed to be. Well played 🙂 Ru roh! Curt *sniffle* See, Marty was dumb but he wasn’t so dumb.
Dang it, I can’t remember…did they do Marty’s blood? Maybe he isn’t dead. I really can’t remember if they got his blood or not.
OHHHHHH! Steve is going to get merman maybe? OH SNAP!
“Virgin’s death is optional” funny.
Oh crap. Aw man. If they’re all dead, how will these last 30 minutes play out? Truman is going to do something amazing. We’ve all been able to sense it since he came on the screen. I love the ballet! I don’t get the glitch, upstairs…thing. Red phone…that’s never good.
Man, Dana’s a tough broad! HEY! MARTY! They didn’t get Marty’s blood! THEY should have known that. They didn’t pull the lever after he died/didn’t die.
This will be great because Marty knows it’s a show. A trowel? That would take some time! Wow, that elevator REALLY goes down and down and down and down and OH over and over and over and over and over. Something is going to make me jump. TOLD YOU! Funny how we jump even when we KNOW something is going to make us jump! Attack of the ballerina? OH the jewelry box! WTF! And the thing Curt played with. WHAT is on her nose? What’s on the tip of her nose? What is that? His eyes were great following her! OH…OH WOW!!!!!
They aren’t high but Marty is.
“System Purge”…so again, that’s convenient. OH NO! OH Wow! This is the funnest horror movie ever! Ew! AWESOME!!! OMG this is so great!!!! This movie is good in so many levels! So when the director asked the producer “What horror movie “ghouls” do you want us to send?”. Think Gary Oldman in The Professional:
Clowns! I have a friend, Matt, that doesn’t like clowns.
Good thing Marty “only” smokes pot. This would be something on acid! Regular zombies. Is that the clown from It? Unicorns are bad? UNICORNS? What’s next? Ponies? Aw man, Truman! Blew my theory.
What is it? What’s walking? Oh Lord. What is that thing? The merman got him! Awesome!
“Kill him”. We get to find out who the customer is.
Okay, so there’s the shapes that everyone’s blood went into. Now what? I wonder how the “contestants” are chosen. HOLY CRAP! Oh my! There’s a threat. What did Marty say earlier? That the world needs to go to crap but we’re too afraid to let it happen…or something like that? Marty is a hoot! OH DDDAAANNNGGG!!!!! Get ’em, Sigourney! How can you ever forgive each other at this point? Dana is looking at bit Carrie-like right now. Oh that Marty *giggle*.