Is 2015 the year of the Horror Comedy? I can’t help but think that most of the truly special releases this year have made me laugh almost as much as they’ve tweaked scare nerve. Bloodsucking Bastards came up on my radar a few months back when Scream Factory announced they would be releasing it on Blu-ray. I hadn’t previously heard of it, and I had not been anticipating its release for any extended period of time. I walked into it with a Blu-ray box and a prayer, and my experience was completely positive. The Horror Comedy is one of 2015’s greatest assets and this feature is one of the greats.
You guessed it. Bloodsucking Bastards is about vamps, or at least that’s the Horror element. I want to take a big leap here and put my cojones on the line. Bloodsucking Bastards is the Office Space of the Horror Comedy world. It has a completely lovable cast with which any office/desk jockey can identify easily. The workplace dynamic feels real in a socially critical, over the top sort of way much the same way Office Space perfected. Understanding the strange corporate hierarchy and the complete BS that goes along with the business decisions quite well (my day job is spent in an office), this movie will resonate with those of you who toil daily, looking for a break and trying to find the red stapler at the end of the interoffice memo.
I didn’t stop laughing through the whole movie mostly due to a strong cast that was able to execute their comedy schtick well. Franz Kranz made me laugh all throughout Cabin in the Woods and he continues to do so here. What was strange is having not read the synopsis, I didn’t fully realize that there would be vamps (though it is obvious to everyone else) which added to the strong reveal in the film. I am not giving anything away here. Sometimes I like to go into a movie completely blind, reading very little about and perhaps checking out the cover art when announced. So the comedy element works, but does the Horror side get equal time? Not exactly. It’s more of a comedy than a Horror film, but that doesn’t stop Bloodsucking Bastards from pouring on the gore in the last act. The vamp effects are fine though not necessarily my preferred vamp makeup.
This new release movie features a reverse still of the movie as well as an extra package that includes a Behind the Scenes reel and audio commentary.
I strongly recommend Bloodsucking Bastards. It represents what has been working for movies like Gravy, Deathgasm and Cooties this year with Horror movies going for maximum entertainment to provide crossover appeal with audiences who may not like the juicy gore but need a laugh. Scream Factory excels at find this kind of movie and releasing it. Cockneys and Zombies was a great find and the aforementioned Gravy is brilliant (just released in October).
You can order Bloodsucking Bastards from Scream Factory now.
From Scream Factory:
An action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful girlfriend, Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick, Significant Mother), and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern, Beneath). Evan's world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss, Ted (Joel Murray, God Bless America), hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones). But just when Evan's convinced that life couldn't bite any harder, his office mates start going through disturbing changes… and bodies begin to pile up. Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end... to just dead.
Behind The Scenes (Bloodsucking Bastards On Set)
Audio Commentary With Dr. God Comedy Troupe Including Director Brian James O'Connell, Producer/Actor Justin Ware, Writer/Actor Sean Cowhig, Actor Neil W. Garguilo and Actor David F. Park