I watch pretty much every horror movie that gets released, and 99% of time I do so without watching the trailer or reading reviews about the film — instead I choose films based the title, poster or basic plot summary. There are an outstanding amount of Horror releases coming out in 2016, with Pride and Prejudice and Zombie’s expected to be the most successful at the box office.
I find horror movies are far more interesting if you have no idea what’s going to happen, and trailers simply give too much away. Unfortunately this method of finding great horror films can be pretty expensive, and you to have to wade through a lot of crap to find a few gems. Blood Punch is one of the gems that makes it all worth-while.
Blood Punch, Directed by Madellaine Paxson, is a low budget horror/thriller about a young man who’s coaxed out of drug rehab by a seductive woman who wants him to cook up a large batch of crystal meth for her.
The two characters quickly fall for each other but they have one big problem: her psychotic ex-boyfriend will not go away, no matter how often they kill him. He just keeps returning the next day without a hint of damage. How is this possible? Well, I won’t spoil it for you. But I will give you one clue, the film definitively seems to have been influenced by Memento and The Prestige. Two pretty decent films to draw inspiration from.
Blood Punch is witty and suspenseful and could easily qualify as a horror-comedy, even though it is not listed as one. The opening scene, which features the lead character (played by Milo Cawthorne), watching a video tape of himself cutting off his own fingers, hooks you in and a series of fast paced twists and turns throughout will keep you engaged until the end.
With just 558 votes in the IMDB at the time of writing this review, Blood Punch deserves a lot more exposure than it has received so far. Blood Punch isn’t garnering as much attention as movies like The Conjuring 2 or The Witch, but we’re trying to do our part to get more eyes on this excellent film.
Highly recommended: 8 out of 10.