Bloodbeat (1983)

aka Blood Beat
Article 4453 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-17-2014
Directed by Fabrice A. Zaphiratos
Featuring Helen Benton, Terry Brown, Dana Day
Country: USA
What it is: Offbeat horror

Something is killing hunters in the Wisconsin woods. What is it, and what does it have to do with two psychic women in a nearby family?

This movie starts off with a fairly deliberate pace and has some rather arty touches about it. Though I know this would be an instant turn-off for some, I found that it caught my attention and made me hoping for something quite different than my usual fare. As a result, I thought the first half of the movie showed some promise. Despite the touches, however, this is primarily a horror film, and when it does go for the horror, it… well, it looks like an extremely cheap and increasingly silly horror movie from the early eighties. After that point, it’s hard to take any arty touches (or, for that matter, the movie itself) seriously, even if it does occasionally show a perverse imagination. Ultimately, the movie becomes a bizarre combination of slasher film and psychic drama, and I got quite annoyed with the fact that the main reason you’re not quite sure what’s going on is because the characters that do know what’s going on refuse to talk about it. In the end, the movie falls flat, but I do have two pieces of advice for anyone making a cheap horror film. 1) If the only special effects you can afford are really shoddy, use them very sparingly or you’ll end up with a lot of annoying glowing swords, and 2) If you’re going to have a character assaulted by inanimate objects in a kitchen, take a good look at the inanimate objects you’re going to use and figure out how scary they are (Cutlery: Yes – Canisters of name brand chocolate drink mix: No).

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