BLOOD PUNCH

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Who would’ve have thought that Flynn, Ziggy and Doctor K from Power Rangers RPM would mature so violently?! Blood Punch is a dark, twisted, deranged, yet innovative dark comedy with a tad of sci-fi thrown in with never-ending time-loops creeping into a never-ending story that’s full of misdirections so when you think it’s leading somewhere or if it looks like it’s ending, the film pulls the rug out from under you. This takes the audience on a psychotic journey, and trapping us in the same puzzle as our messed-up protagonists where even the easy ways out are not entirely what they seem.

What makes the storytelling in this film so much is that the audience may think that what we are in for is a somewhat conventional story based on the beginning, but it shows that nothing is all as it seems and soon we are as bewildered as our characters by what transpires later on. As the characters unravel the mind-mending circumstance surrounding them, the more trapped they become, and we, as an audience, are trapped with them. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Madellaine Paxson (Director) and Eddie Guzelian (Writer), whose back track-records include making direct-to-video sequels for Disney, have both described this twisted fare as something between Groundhog Day and Blood Simple, which is something of an apt description indeed. Together, they hatch a film that has a unique flair and style to it; one example being the scene where our two demented antiheroes enjoy a torrid fling of passion while becoming drenched in blood raining down upon them.

Having a filmmaking duo whose previous credits include Disney movies might sound like bizarre choices for this kind of film, but it gets more crazy as three of the main stars from the short-lived Power Rangers RPM series are included, as well as two others in minor cameo roles. Olivia Tennet is the real star of the show, giving off an aura of sheer dynamism with layers of subtlety, which shows why Tennet is a true force of nature when it comes to performing. Milo Cawthorne is also incredibly solid as the unsure nerd who’s struggling to come to terms with bad life decision and the odds thrown at him, and Cawthorne handles the evolving confusion brilliantly. Plus, Ari Boyland appears to be having a whale of a time as the psychotic boyfriend caught within the twisted love triangle, as well as the one of bears the brunt of the ultra-violence displayed on screen.

Despite being made on such a tight budget, Blood Punch is an enjoyably insane, darkly-funny, gruesomely warped indie that takes pleasure in messing with the audience’s minds. It may not be for everyone’s tastes and it is true that it’s scrappy around the edges, but its target audience should get a lot of pleasure out of it as it what we have here is dark and bumpy ride with committed performances, particularly in the case of the excellent Olvia Tennet.

BLOOD PUNCH / DIRECTOR: MIDELLAINE PAXSON / SCREENWRITER: EDDIE GUZELIAN / STARRING: MILO CAWTHORNE, OLIVIA TENNET, ARI BOYLAND, ADELAIDE KANE, COHEN HOLLOWAY, FLEUR SAVILLE / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW


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