"Blood Punch" is a slasher film meets "Groundhog's Day." Olivia Tennet plays an over-the-top Skylar in a wicked dark humor role. Milo Cawthorne plays a slightly meek, geeky Jesse Eisenberg type character, complimenting Skylar. Wickedly funny. This is more of a dark comedy than horror.Guide: F-word. Implied sex. No nudity. Good to watch a second time through.
Good film (by lallolu)
It is a good film. I can really recommend it. It was confusing at the beginning before the pieces started falling into place.
Wow! A shocking and totally unexpected low-budget masterpiece! (by colleenpryoritize)
I had various friends and blogs recommend this movie to me, but I kept avoiding it, mostly because the title and poster made me certain that I would be getting just another brain-dead horror movie gore-fest. Boy, was I wrong.What I got instead was one of the best low-budget indie movies that I've seen in years. I know, I know. It feels weird to be lumping those kind of lavish praises on a movie like this, but what can I say? This movie took a somewhat bitter and skeptical viewer like me and converted me into a believer with an incredibly ambitious and clever script, three really solid <more>
performances from the lead actors, and a fun sense of style that somehow made the movie feel both classic and modern at the same time.I really don't want to give away anything specific when it comes to the plot and story. It's much better going into it cold and knowing as little as possible. It's a blend of film noir, horror, science fiction, and black comedy and yet somehow comes together almost perfectly, blending and juggling all these familiar genres into its' own incredibly unique and distinctive vision. I watch a lot of movies and often feel like I've seen it all and know where most stories are headed, but this is a movie that really keeps you on your toes. The script was always one step ahead of me and had me guessing right up until the very end.In general, the look and production values are quite good, but you could definitely feel some of the movie's lack of budget and resources in some areas. But I found myself way too swept up in the story to ever really mind or care. And the three main leads, who are playing very familiar and almost cartoonish archetype characters, do an incredible job of making these characters come across as totally believable and real human beings.This is an amazingly underrated and totally overlooked little movie. I highly recommend it.
Breaking Bad never made murder this much fun! This innovative, intelligent thriller dark comedy with a dash of sci fi traps its characters in a never ending story full of false leads and false endings that takes the audience along for the ride. In a story that's nothing but twists, the audience finds itself trapped in the same puzzle as its characters, and even ways out are not what they seem.The clever premise is misleadingly straightforward: Femme fatale Skyler gets herself sent to rehab to recruit a crystal meth cook, where she meets college boy chemistry student Milton who got busted <more>
for running his own meth lab. Skyler has her hands on 100 lbs of pseudoephedrine and has one day to make it into meth for a multimillion dollar payday. Well actually, her boyfriend Russell has the pseudo. And Russell's psychotic. With trust issues. But on the plus side, he has a plan to break them out and a secluded cabin for the cook. Yet it turns out that making the meth is easy. Getting back out and cashing in on the payday--that's the hard part, a dilemma the characters struggle endlessly to resolve.What makes the storytelling so much fun is that the audience knows from the beginning that in this somewhat conventional storyline, nothing is what it seems, sharing in the characters' bewilderment to figure out what's really going on. The story starts on the morning of the cook, where Milton finds a video he's already made to explain to himself what's really going on. As he unravels the mystery of his own circumstances, the characters are trapped together and the audience is trapped with them.Filmmakers Paxson director and Guzelian writer are a husband-and-wife team who've built their resumes in Los Angeles developing Disney entertainment. They wanted to make a movie of their own and for it to be a departure. They met the cast in New Zealand while filming a season of the Power Rangers. A group collaboration from the beginning, Guzelian wrote the story with input from Paxson, specifically for their New Zealand friends. Filmed in three locations around Los Angeles, the film has an indy feel, limited budget but professionally produced with substance story and characters over flash. Tennet plays Skyler with layers of subtlety, and Cawthorne portrays Milton's evolving confusion convincingly, a nerd who's made bad life decisions. Boyland can't quite portray Russell to be as deeply psychotic as he's supposed to be; the actor seems like just too nice of a guy. Special mention to Holloway who took the over-the-top Archer and even went beyond that.
It's Groundhog Day meets Blood Simple. At least, that's the way the writer and director describe this well written and performed indie horror film.Don't let the fact that the writer and director are married and worked on Disney films like Power Rangers most of their career. Don't let the fact that the three main leads two of THEM are married are Power Rangers. No, really. Frickin' Power Rangers. It helps to have a good past working relationship with your crew/cast and this film's result is solid proof.The story is edgy, fun and smart. The plot plays out like a <more>
mystery/thriller and doesn't let you down in the end.It was a huge hit at the Austin Film Festival and won the audience award.
Consider my mind blown--a monumentally smart, fresh, and totally fun low-budget horror/film noir/black comedy (by hinghammark)
I saw this under-the-radar low-budget gem at the New Orleans Horror Film Festival a couple weeks back, where it pretty much blew myself and the entire packed house away and went on to walk away with that festival's Best Feature Film award.It's such a difficult movie to describe, especially without giving too much away. The story begins as a classic Film Noir Love Triangle. Regular guy Milton is lured by the scorching femme fatale Skyler into a scheme to cook up a gargantuan batch of crystal meth for her psychotic corrupt cop boyfriend, Russell. You've seen this story many times. <more>
But just when you think you know exactly where the whole thing is going, it begins taking delightfully clever supernatural twists and turns that keep on coming and coming, right up until the end of the movie. But unlike a lot of movies that try to take you on a ride like this one, the twists and surprises that keep unfolding here never feel forced or unmotivated. The movie is incredibly smart in its storytelling and direction and really respects the intelligence of its' audience, challenging them to put two and two together on their own rather than spoon-feeding them information. The three young actors who play the leads are also really impressive and convincingly carry the movie, keeping their characters grounded in reality and believable as real human beings, no matter what inexplicable chaos or craziness is berserking around them.In some ways, some might consider this more of an art-house movie than pure horror, more early Cohen Brothers than Sam Raimi--but it somehow manages to maintain that sense of rollicking good fun and attitude that is definitely rooted in the very best tradition of low-budget horror flicks.If you told me that a little movie like this could come along out of nowhere to seamlessly and successfully blend horror, film noir, and black comedy, I would have scoffed. But Blood Punch has made a believer out of me. See it if you can--highly recommended.
Over the top - crazy - surprising - amazing - and really cool. All of these words describe this movie - one of the time loop/horror genre movies which have become popular. The first clue we get that all is not well is that a young man - Milton - awakes, vomits into the toilet , then watches a video he taped in the future. It is revealed that he is a recovering drug addict - sort of a Walter White wannabe - who gets recruited by Skyler - a sexy, brash girl, to cook a large amount of crystal meth. To make things interesting her boyfriend, Russell as she puts it "has not made a pact with <more>
the devil, he is the devil".Russell is a great character, a full blown psychopathic maniac - who is hilariously over the top. For me to really like a movie, I have to care about and like at least some of the characters. I actually liked all three of the principles in the story.The predicament/time loop that these three are in eventually gets revealed through study of the documents/newspaper clippings in the cabin scrap book which describes the titanic, life and death struggles which have occurred through the ages on this particular plot of land. Your proverbial Indian land Eventually they and we figure out how to break the loop, but the execution of the plan, once we understand it, is surprising and very well done. This one literally keeps you guessing until the end - even after you think the movie is over. I highly recommend this, not only if you like the "time loop, alternate reality" type of movie, but if you like mysteries with plenty of blood and mayhem. This one takes its place with other similar films such as "Coherence," "Source Code," "Triangle," and "Time Lapse." Highly recommended.
Very original and entertainining horror (by gsh999)
I like straight up horror movies and generally don't go for horror/comedy mixes like this one. But Blood Punch keeps the comedy kind of low key - much moreso than the popular Evil Dead. I just watched Blood Punch last night and enjoyed it very much. I usually put something on Amazon Prime to go to sleep -- but this movie kept me up too late!The actors are good and I thought Ari Boyland was very good as the psychopathic Russell. He reminds me of a young Kurt Russell. Olivia Tennet is also very good as the brash and seductive leading lady. The story is crazy and makes you wonder how they <more>
think these things up. But the movie is done well in a way that is both entertaining and suspenseful. I really found myself wondering how our protagonists were going to get out of their very unusual situation. I won't go into particulars but the twisted plot requires a great deal of bloodshed. So much that it might be too much. I don't mind gory horror but the repetitive brains-getting-blown-out is the only facet of this movie that irritated me at all. Otherwise a great effort. Congratulations to the filmmakers.