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REVIEW: Blood Fest

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With so many movies heading out to theaters and VOD platforms in October, I made a jump start to getting into my reviews over this weekend and capped it off with ‘Blood Fest’, the horror/comedy directed by Owen Egerton.

Per the synopsis: “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, 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.”

The movie is unapologetic about how ridiculous it is, and while the film tries it’s hardest to be funny, it often misses the mark. Additionally, the movie’s premise is about a group of horror “experts” pitted in a horrific scenario that have to follow the rules of horror to survive, and do nothing to show, even though they know that they are in a horror movie, that they are either aware or any kind of horror “expert”.

This movie would have a been a lot more fun to see “experts” in a game of chess with a horror movie and it’s cliches. But, like most of the movie, this misses the target, badly.

Starring Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, and Barbara Dunkelman, the film is about one epic horror fest that turns to be a trap so that one crazed filmmaker can create the perfect horror movie by brutally killing all the guests trapped in the park.

Blood Fest is what it is, and it can be watchable, at times, but it’s more boring than engaging, even if you know, full well, that it is a horror comedy. Some films hit the ball out of the park with the humor, allowing you to openly accept the ridiculousness, and others fall flat. Blood Fest, although it doesn’t fall 100% flat, doesn’t leave you feeling satisfied.

Lack of brutal kills, although that sounds crazy, kind of hinder the movie, as I fully expected more gore and carnage considering how many people were lined up for slaughter.

If you have nothing else to do, and really want to see a horror movie, this is an option, but I wouldn’t suggest shelling out money to see.

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Blood Fest is what it is, and it can be watchable, at times, but it's more boring than engaging, even if you know, full well, that it is a horror comedy.
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