Noob Reviews: Blood Fest
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Blood Fest?
Released in 2018, Blood Fest is admittedly a horror-comedy film I have been caught sleeping on.
Set many years after a traumatic Halloween event that saw Dax’s mother murdered before him as a young boy, Blood Fest sees Dax obsessed with horror films and on the verge of attending the year’s biggest horror film event - Blood Fest. And this year the film festival will be the festival to end all horror film festivals.
Unfortunately for Dax and his friends (Sam and Krill), the organiser of Blood Fest (a horror director by the name of Anthony Walsh) invites the crowd to take part in filming their very own horror film. But he does so only moments before the public is set upon by pig mask-wearing, chainsaw-wielding killers. And that is just the intro.
With various themed areas spread across, a vast secluded ranch walled in on all sides to stop anyone escaping (including the killers). Dax, his friends and fellow survivors must band together to fight off the reanimated dead, genetically altered vampires and demonically possessed dolls as they try to escape the film fest nightmare.
What type of genre is the film?
Blood Fest is a comedy-horror that really does not take itself too seriously.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Rooster Teeth’s YouTube channel -
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Blood Fest?
Admittedly as I said at the very beginning, Blood Fest is a film I have been caught sleeping on and can not believe I have not already seen in the two years since it has been out, as I love horrors and even more so a good comedy-horror. Blood Fest, though, was a fantastic comedy-horror.
There is quite a lot working for Blood Fest that makes it unique when it comes to the story. Admittedly we have had haunted theme parks, gruesome game shows and films like Hostel, but Blood Fest really ups the ante and merges many genres into one with an almost seamless end product. And that is not even mentioning the great story arcs that really give you all the knowledge you need about a character without overdoing it - whilst at the same time juggling relationships, subplots and tales of revenge in the background. Slowly revealing minor titbits until it is ready to pull back the curtain in full.
The cast is a fantastic selection of amateurs, young actors/actresses and veteran actors/actresses. And each of them plays their part fantastically with enthusiastic delivery of their scenes and voice lines. Although there are a few awkward moments and tedious supporting cast scenes where you just want them cut in half so you can get back to the good stuff. The cast really does pull together and work with one another brilliantly, really building that sense of immersion and tension. On a personal note, one of my favourite characters was Krill (played by Jacob Batalon), as your stereotypical geek. He was fantastic and portrayed this sense of innocence and naivety at times that was priceless, especially when it eventually dawned on him he was in danger.
One of my favourite scenes in the film, and there are many. Is a scene in a large circus tent where a literal carnival of evil killer clowns finds themselves facing off against a rogue horde of zombies who have broken out of the organiser’s control. Instead of running, the zombies and killer clowns get into a huge fight. I only mention this as the comedy timing, randomness of events and hysterical outcomes are scattered so well and frequently through the film that there is always something new and exciting to look forward to.
When it comes to the special effects used in Blood Fest, there are some very corny moments that are obvious homages and head nods to other titles like Saw, Dead Silence and Day of the Dead etc. Still, the way the special effects, makeup and costumes are handled is very refreshing, with a high level of detail, and everything fits into its themed area so well. The jump scares are choreographed tremendously, and the combat sequences, although not perfect, really do suit the moment with anything and everything becoming a weapon as needed.
Admittedly Blood Fest is not perfect, and it does come with its flaws. However, as a horror-comedy, it is one of the most enjoyable I have seen in a long time, and because of its horror light approach - it works well for both comedy and horror fans alike. On that note, it is something I can definitely recommend as worth a watch and will highly recommend for a chilled evening/weekend film session.
What rating would you give Blood Fest?
I would rate Blood Fest as a 4.4 out of 5 bananas.
Although it has received many mixed reviews since it’s release, Blood Fest is a refreshing and fun comedy-horror romp that will see our protagonists go head to head with vampires, the undead and psychotic evil clowns as they seek to escape the murderous scheming of a deranged horror film director. It’s great.
Whether you are looking for an excellent easy entry to get you into the horror genre, a good comedy or a brilliant horror-comedy, Blood Fest has something for everyone, and it will hopefully be as enjoyable for you as it was for me.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Blood Fest and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find it on Amazon Prime Video, Blu-ray and DVD.