Bloody Earth Films // 2008 // 59 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge Daryl Loomis // July 11th, 2008
You all will die!
The promise of an undead monster at a sex camp, plenty of fetish scenes, and castration may sound enticing, it is hard to deliver on promises with a budget of only $3000. While Blood and Sex Nightmare has clear and obvious flaws on every level, director Joseph R. Kolbek, on that miniscule bankroll, has crafted a somewhat sexy, gruesomely violent, and surprisingly enjoyable picture.
Amy (Julia Morizowa, A Midsummer Night's Rave) has just returned from her father's funeral and her boyfriend Nick (Andy McGuiness) has the sure cure for her blues: a trip to the Pleasure Mountain Adult Retreat, where they can fulfill all their fantasies. Nick is really just trying to find a way to get Amy to finally sleep with him, and Amy sees right through his ploy, but she agrees to go anyway. Once they arrive, Amy starts hearing voices and seeing visions of murder. Meanwhile, the other campers at the retreat, focused on their own perverted experiments, are hunted down and killed by Felix Gallo, an undead lunatic who killed himself in these woods many years before. Only Amy can stop his rampage, but the key lies in her bloody, sexy nightmares.
Blood and Sex Nightmare begins with the simple setup of our couple heading to the woods where all the slasher fun can take place, but all measure of coherence goes out the window from there. Upon arriving at the retreat, popular as it is made to sound, it looks deserted but, while this might be an omen in a more well thought out film, they just don't bother showing the other people or the many cabins for the first half hour of the film. Once they finally do, there is no attempt to connect anything together or establish any relationships between the characters. Each gets a vignette centered around their particular perversion, then they die. Though this is supposed to be a fully functioning retreat with amenities, nobody running the place seems to recognize their absence and nobody in the adjacent cabins seems to hear the blood-curdling screams. I guess people might think the noise is all part of the fun, though, so maybe that actually makes some sense...or maybe not. The only real plot point, in between scenes of murder, sex, or both at once, concerns Amy's newfound Shinto faith that arose because of her father's death. While she's never had any training in the Japanese faith, she is Japanese-American. This apparently gives her the inherent ability to understand the ins and outs of the religion, including knowledge on how to destroy the undead.
For all its faults, and there are certainly many, Blood and Sex Nightmare is sometimes a lot of fun. Budgetary limitations obviously hamstring what Joseph Kolbek is able to execute with sets, makeup, and effects, but he did a pretty good job for what he had. The monster doesn't look great, but he doesn't show up too much. When he is onscreen, he's committing some brutal act in near dark, distracting you from the second rate makeup. The gore effects are also well done for the budget. While I won't say that any of the effects look "realistic," they are sufficiently disgusting. In particular, one guy gets castrated after trying to find the jerk who interrupted his bondage game. While his reaction to losing his wang is incredibly lame, the effect is shown in its full, meaty glory and will make plenty of insecure men cringe in horror.
The performances are all pretty bad, but everyone in the cast and crew, unskilled as they may be, clearly had a great time making this film. The actors revel in all the over-the-top sex and violence, milking every second of their screen time. The performances remind me of the older John Waters films, but without the style. Campy and silly, these scenes give Blood and Sex Nightmare whatever life it has. The lack of budget makes a lot of the problems easy to forgive and, on top of it all, the film clocks in at just under an hour. No matter how dumb it can be, it doesn't last long enough to really hate.
The release from Bloody Earth Films is cheap, befitting of the film's cost. The full frame transfer is terrible, with colors bleeding together into pixilated smears and ghosts from there. Shot on video, it looks okay in the bright light of day, but terrible otherwise. The stereo sound is equally bad, very hard to hear sometimes and too loud otherwise. The extras include a rap video by the guy who gets castrated; two very short early films from Kolbek -- he shows some potential in these, and in the main feature as well, but they are very amateurish -- and an essay from the director.
Blood and Sex Nightmare is hard to recommend for any particular level of quality, but it's so campy, sex-filled, and violent that it is easy to like a little. People who enjoy silly independent horror will enjoy the film and those who don't already know to stay away.
Guilty of perversion, time for some cruel and unusual punishment.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Bloody Earth Films
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 59 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Short Film: Chef Boyardemon
* Short Film: The Roaring '20s
* Music Video: Devils Everywhere
* Essay by director Joseph R. Kolbek