Blood Fest

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Extremely gory horror comedy gleefully lives up to its name.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 90 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Intentionally plays on all the clichés of the horror genre, so there's no real message of note.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are the "smart ones" in a horror movie, so they generally display loyalty and think on their feet. Diverse cast.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," variants. Other words include "pissing" and descriptions of sex acts and genitalia, etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character vapes quite a bit. At a party, it's possible some may be drinking, but it's unclear. 

What 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.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bypippiang October 31, 2018

Not as good as the trailer but still fun

That's about all I will say when it comes to reviewing the movie. It's good, but as an R rated horror movie it has a lot of blood, violence and gore.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Dax (Robbie Kay), a young man who was traumatized as a child by his mother's murder, grows up to become an obsessive horror-movie fan. He and his "hot" friend, Sam (Seychelle Gabriel), and his funny friend, Krill (Jacob Batalon), go to a massive horror-movie event, the titular BLOOD FEST, at a remote location. Lo and behold, the movies' celebrated cinematic nightmares start becoming real; creative dismemberments follow.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the extreme gore in Blood Fest. When people are killed with such gusto, what effect does the violence have on viewers? Was there ever a moment in the film when you were scared/horrified?

  • The film is extremely self-aware, frequently commenting on its own genre. If you're a horror fan, does that make it funnier for you? If you're not a horror fan, was it still appealing?

  • Do you think the film is meant to scare you, make you laugh, or both? Why?

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For kids who love scares

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