Thursday, June 12, 2014

REVIEW: Blood Soaked (Wild Eye Releasing DVD) - Revenge of the Lesbians

I was overly taken with Peter Grendle's vision of predator and prey in the sense that the amount of chaos on screen was difficult to keep my attention. It's not that the story itself is bad because the battle of lesbian vs. Nazis (as is stated on the cover) is a friggin great idea. The devil does exist. The Nazis... still around. This is a real evil that I love to see punished in anyway an artist wants to show it, and it is in that that Grendle's work appeals to me. Blood Soaked from Wild Eye Releasing is a classic revenge movie updated for today's audience and made relevant by including identifiable characters. It's not perfect, and I'm not going to say I enjoyed it. There are moments that are very strong.

Synopsis from Wild Eye Releasing:

On her first day of college, a beautiful young freshman is seduced by an older co-ed and they share a sleepless night in the New Mexico desert. But the couple's bliss is violently interrupted by a pair of orphaned sisters with a taste for kidnapping, torture and the creation of flesh-eating zombies in their underground bunker! As they fight for their lives, the couple uncovers the sisters' terrifying plan for a Fourth Reich army of the dead. Only wits and survival skills will save them from this undead Nazi nightmare.

While I can appreciate a good torture fest, most of Blood Soaked comes off like an uncreative piece of torture porn. Now before everyone huffs and puffs that I used the "TP" word, let me reiterate that I thoroughly enjoy torture porn or rather creative torture porn. What Blood Soaked does is it puts a bunch of women in a basement and let's the have at defenseless victims but sort of lacking that spark that makes a movie like Hostel really rock and roll. What saves it is our ability to identify with the protagonists. Everyone hates the Nazis (maybe even Nazis), so you can automatically get behind the victim. There are some brutal moments that seem to break free from the ordinary, but a movie of this type needs to go all out.

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This disc features commentary by the director and cast as well as a live audience track from Pollygrind 2013. On that, I actually think these live audience tracks are brilliant when there's something to hear. Great idea to include this feature. Also included are cast video introduction, a two drunk girls vs. the introduction feature, trailers, a short film and This Side of Nightmare. The music featured in the movie is performed by Eternal Wu Tang Killa Beez and a free song download from this band is included with the disc. 

Fans of revenge flicks or should I say more modern revenge flicks will probably enjoy this. There's novelty of plot and concept if not in the execution of violence. There's plenty to enjoy toward the end though I don't want to give it away. If you can make through some of the crazy, camera shake and interesting lighting choices, you might find something to like in this independent release. It's not altogether bad, but with a few tweaks I think this movie could be a real stunner. Nazis really do make the best enemies. I kept quoting the Blues Brothers under my breath. I hate Illinois Nazis. (or from wherever they might hale). 

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