If you follow the internet juggernaut Rooster Teeth, then you know they are on a roll lately with high-quality big productions. These productions can be exclusive shows for their paid members (First members) or their movies. Last night was a one night only event to see their third film, Blood Fest. This horror comedy reaches for a broader audience while still having the Rooster Teeth spirit and nods to their community to make it perfect for their fans. Unlike their first endeavors in filmmaking with Lazer Team 1 & 2, we get something for people who don’t know about the company to go for a more mainstream audience. If you love movies like Cabin in the Woods, then this is the perfect film for you.
Horror fans gather around to a festival called Blood Fest, an event meant to celebrate everything horror in the movie world. People come to celebrate horror classics from the 50s to obscure modern gems. A group of friends: Dax (Robbie Kay), Sam (Seychelle Gabriel), Krill (Jacob Batalon), Ashley (Barbara Dunkelman), and her director Lenjamin (Nick Rutherford) all attend this festival. Right, when the show kicks off, we see the showman running the whole festival, Anthony Walsh (Owen Egerton) who reveals he master plan to everyone. People think he is joking and playing along with the themes of the festival until people start getting murdered. He unleashes everything imaginable to create a real-life horror film with zombies, killers, vampires, and more. The protagonists must go through this massive forest that the festival is held on to escape while running into everything they have seen in the movies. If you have the knowledge of horror movies, you might survive.
The film balances horror and comedy pretty well for the most part. The horror looks creepy with some excellent makeup and costume design along with its props and sets. Everything looks perfect for an eerie atmosphere. The actual scares don’t come in since it is just a few jumps scares, and nothing all that different. The comedy is a hit or a miss but delivers a typical style that fans of Rooster Teeth know and love. Like I said if you love Cabin in the Woods with that type of horror and comedy mixed, then this is for you. I am someone who adores Cabin, so it was a perfect fit to see the company make something in that same style. The film takes every trope in the book and flips them on their head. You get a wide range of inspirations from Saw, Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and so much more which will make the biggest horror aficionado happy.
The cast is all outstanding with some loveable protagonists and a villain that you love to hate. While each actor and actress do an excellent job, especially Robbie Kay for doing a solid American accent, the most impressive might be Barbara Dunkelman. She is a popular on-screen personality as Rooster Teeth and manages to be believable even in the most dramatic scenes. The one who steals the whole movie is our antagonist, Anthony Walsh played by Owen Egerton, the director of the film. He is charismatic and the funniest character in the film. Outside of his acting, he directed the movie well and delivered a clear vision for what he wanted.
While the film stands strong overall, especially compared to the company’s two first films, I had a few issues. At times the film would go for comedy so far that it would break my suspension of disbelief such as characters acting in certain ways for the sake of humor rather than having something feel more natural. The horror aspect feels more of a theme rather than the actual genre. Whether something is scary or not is subjective, but I wish it took a strong stance at being scary. Hopefully, this means we can get a straight-up horror flick from Rooster Teeth.
Blood Fest is perfect for a select audience who love horror and cheesy comedies. If you love Evil Dead and Cabin in the Woods then this is for you or else you will hate this movie. As it is not for everyone, it is enjoyable for those who love this subgenre of horror. With an outstanding cast, plenty of surprises, and a lot of cameos for Rooster Teeth fans to get that a broader audience won’t, this is something for the general public and the biggest fans of the internet giant. While not a perfect movie, there is a lot of heart which you don’t get in every horror or comedy movie that gets thrown out into theaters.
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