Judge David Johnson is always pleased to see that there are weirder people out there than him.
Glimpses at the future sickos of cinema.
Another buffet of disturbing little flicks from the unknown horror filmmakers of our day, Blood Drive 2 boasts a better set of movies that its predecessor.
Facts of the Case
The Fangoria "Blood Drive" is a contest sponsored by the magazine to encourage amateur filmmakers to submit their short horror films. Of the submissions, a handful are chosen as the winners, and share the spotlight on this DVD, this giving some national exposure to these up-and-coming horror auteurs. This disc represents the second Blood Drive, and includes the eight winners for this year, as well as couple of nifty though unrelated extra features.
Let's take a look at this year's haul:
• We All Fall Down by
Where the film succeeds is in the look, but the substance is derivative of a mish-mash of other films. And of course there's the ever-popular "creepy-ass looking little girl that moves weird" gimmick, used to its fullest extent. Still, an effective, if rather unoriginal, piece of horror.
• The Gibbering Horror of Howard Ghormley by Steve
What makes the film so remarkable is the cleverness of the shots. Daniels discovers new ways to film a man riding a bike, and there were many times I was agog at how he got some of the shots. The tension is escalated when Ghormley gets into the house and the $&%# hits the fan, and Daniels' cinematography reflects it. Basically, this is a little masterpiece of a film that my words can't do justice.
• Means to an End by Paul Solet and Jake Hamilton
• Mainstream by Adam Barnick
• Disposer by BC Furtney
• The Journal of Edmond Deyers by William Rot
• Sawbones by Brad Palmer
• Working Stiff by Erik A. Candiani
All in all, this is a better selection of shorts than the disc before it. There is more variety, the filmmaking is innovative and—gasp!—not a zombie movie in sight! If you're a horror fan I'd suggest giving this disc a look.
Each short is accompanied by commentary from the Blood Drive creators and preceded by an introduction from some leather-clad girl named "Mistress Juliya." A 15-minute Bruce Campbell interview is entertaining and candid ("Let some other jerk play Ash!") and the tour of the KNB effects studio is cool. Though not really connected to the actual films, these two bonuses are a nice treat for horror fans.
A nice sampling of the depraved minds that may be lurking with a video camera near you. Check it out.
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• Commentary with Blood Drive Creators
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