Blood Fest

Best pals Sam (Seychelle Gabriel) and Dax (Robbie Kay) along with hapless Krill (Jacob Batalon) try to get the better of a bloodthirsty showman, whose horror movie festival turns seriously gory. The threesome must capitalise on their horror-film knowledge to escape madmen, monsters, zombies and vampires in a bid to survive and escape.

Opening on a shot of a suburban American house with the subtitle ‘Halloween Night’ we see a young boy and his mother watching scary movies, the mother get up to get some ice cream and the horror movie tropes begin. This sets the movie up quite nicely as a fun filled gory romp through every imaginable horror movie trope and pastiche. Whether its the video nasties of the 80’s or the current attempts to blame violent video games for all the worlds ills. Our main character Dax’s father is the one leading the charge for blaming violent movies and bans him from attending the titular horror movie festival Blood Fest, blaming horror movies for causing the death of his wife and Dax’s mother. Dax disobeys and he and his friends become trapped in the festival where the blood and gore is all too real. Pretty much every single horror movie genre or film series gets parodied in some way it also spends some time skewering YouTube culture, gaming culture and the often hysterical responses that come along with violence in the media. I was entertained throughout the film and whilst some of the jokes fell a bit flat and it sometimes felt that I might be missing out on a few jokes and nods that, someone more immersed within horror movies may have gotten more enjoyment out of.

This film doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is, an over the top, gore filled, parody/love letter to horror movies. If you go in expecting that, I think you’ll have a good time.

★★★★

Euan Tennant

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