Blood Punch (2015) Review – It’s Groundhog Day For Horror Fans



Directed by Madellaine Paxson Written by Eddie Buzelian
Starring Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland

104 mins - Horror | Thriller - Release date: 1 September 2015 (DVD)

When we saw Deathgasm at Fantasia this past year, we wanted to kidnap Milo Cawthorne, chain him up in our office, feed him pot, beer, and pizza, and then just sit and listen to heavy metal with him all day and all night. Turns out he’s just an actor, a fun one to watch, but just an actor.

Blood Punch is available on DVD, Digital HD, and cable VOD today, September 1st.

As much as we loved him in Deathgasm, he’s equally as awesome in Madellaine Paxson’s Blood Punch as Milton. Here he plays the likeable, yet troubled young man who’s landed in a rehabilitation center for running a meth lab at his university while nearing graduation with a chemistry degree. While doing his time, Skyler (Olivia Tennet) arrives, and she’s all sorts of trouble for him. First, she could give a damn about the difficulties of the addicts in their attempt to stay clean, but more than that, she wants to break Milton out and have him cook a batch of meth for her and her boyfriend, splitting the profits three ways, of course.

Now, Skyler is cute and adorable, edgy and sexy, and Milton obviously falls prey to her charms. The result is his need to impress her with a quick batch of meth in the rehab center’s kitchen, which she ingests and crazy lovemaking ensues. There’s only one problem, as mentioned, she has a boyfriend, Russell (Ari Boyland), and he’s a bit of a psychopath.

Now, if you remove any thin similarities to Breaking Bad, this is where the film’s originality stops. Once they’ve escaped and the three of them find their way to the predetermined cook site, a hunting lodge, they have a night of celebration, and then find themselves stuck in time, just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Actually, exactly like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, except in Blood Punch we get the thriller, see-how-many-ways-we-can-kill-someone version.

So, yes, lots of killing on the way to finding out how to break the cycle of waking up on the same day, every day. And the killing is good, often graphic, and hilarious… at one point it becomes second nature and one almost doesn’t notice it.

Having addressed the killing, the special effects aren’t mind-blowing, but they’re done right. The acting is tops on all fronts, the writing is superb, even if it’s derivative, and the look and feel of the movie is excellent.

The Verdict:

Who doesn’t love horror/thriller comedy? You don’t? Then don’t watch *Blood Punch, because it’ll have you laughing at disgusting things.

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