Blood Fest (2018)

Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers - more schooled in horror-film cliches than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers - must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive.

REVIEW: Blood Fest is a new horror movie brought to us by Rooster Teeth of Red vs Blue fame, that follows a group of friends that attend a horror convention, only to have the entire thing be a trap set by a madman to kill as many people as possible in as many different horror settings as possible.

I mean, yeah, the plot doesn't really make much sense if you give it any real thought, especially the mechanics behind it all, and there's a plot twist in regards to it that you can see coming from a mile away and that makes even less sense than the rest of it. Also, many of the scenes really felt like they could have gone much further with the horror and gore than they do (although that clown scene is legit terrifying), and the characters are constantly bringing up horror tropes and cliche's that they need to avoid doing if they want to survive (like, they mention that in almost every single scene) yet other than said characters mentioning it so much it really has no bearing on anything and rarely, if ever, even comes up in terms of payoff.

Despite those issues though, overall, this is one really fun movie for horror fans that never takes itself overly serious, and includes plenty of hilarious laugh-out-loud moments.

We get masked killers, an undead serial killer, zombies, vampires, killer clowns, a Saw-inspired trap room, and much more. And all the scenes dealing with that stuff is either quite horrific, pretty funny, or both. It also helps that we actually care about most of these characters, even if the lead played by Robbie Kay, from Once Upon a Time and Heroes Reborn, is pretty one-note and boring as a lead. Zachery Levi from Chuck has a cameo as himself though and it is glorious. I wish he would have been the main character because his two minutes of screen time (if even that) had more personality and range in it than the entirety of Robbie Kay's character. Which, to be clear, is not Robbie Kay's fault. I've seen him in several other things and he's always been fantastic, and he is fantastic here with what he's given to work with, it's just his character was written so bland that it really doesn't give him much to work with.

Sure, Blood Fest has issues, it's far from perfect. But it still manages to be one hell of a fun hour and a half that flies by before you know it, with plenty of fun horror set pieces to make any horror fan (die hard or casual) find at least something to enjoy.

7/10 rooms in the Psych Ward


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