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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intentionally plays on all the clichés of the horror genre, so there's no real message of note.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are the "smart ones" in a horror movie, so they generally display loyalty and think on their feet. Diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
Tons of gory horror violence. Stabbing, slashing, bludgeoning, shooting, biting, people torn limb from limb, guts spilled, and fire hoses of blood. Much of this is intended to spark laughter as much as fear; the movie is winking at slasher movies that try to come up with "fun" ways to dismember human bodies. Main character was traumatized as a child by his mother's murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless women in a sexual situation are shown from behind and from the side. Sex is used as a harbinger of doom rather than as an erotic cinematic moment. Much talk of losing virginity.
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Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," variants. Other words include "pissing" and descriptions of sex acts and genitalia, etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character vapes quite a bit. At a party, it's possible some may be drinking, but it's unclear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood Fest is a self-aware horror-comedy that's all about extreme gore and "creative" violence. It centers on a young man (Robbie Kay) who was traumatized as a child by his mother's murder and grows up to become an obsessive horror-movie fan. At a big horror-movie event, celebrated cinematic nightmares start becoming real; expect a constant flow of stabbing, slashing, bludgeoning, shooting, biting, people being torn limb from limb, guts spilled, and fire hoses of blood. There's also frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), sexual content (including topless women), and some vaping/implied drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a meta horror-comedy that practically prances through its many victims' entrails. Writer-director Owen Egerton looks to be having a whale of a time, including giving himself a plum acting role. He peppers Blood Fest with references to The Shining, Psycho, Saw, and others. The movie gleefully hits all the expected marks, complete with the obvious twists at the end, dancing on graves all the way. The practical effects department probably laughed itself silly with all the heads it had to prep for splitting and the guts it packed into bodies for yanking out.
The story is negligible (another genre cliché), but the dialogue is fun. Dax dislikes an actress because she knows nothing about the horror movies in which she's appearing: "She thought Black Christmas was a Tyler Perry movie. She wouldn't see Seven because she hadn't seen the first six." The detailed backstory of one of the favorite film slashers in this world includes that he was "raised by the trees." The token virgin is asked, "You've never been with a woman?" He replies, "Not in person, no." The acting suits the material, with Batalon bringing the good-buddy vibes he cultivated in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There are pigs with chainsaws (and bodies ripe for the chainsawin'), killer clowns, Romero zombies, sexy vampires -- the whole shot. There's even a totally random celebrity cameo. Horror fans should find Blood Fest a very, very bloody good time.
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