Sometimes little movies come along and knock your socks off. That happened to Movies In Focus with Blood Punch, an energetic little genre movie. Madellaine Paxson’s film almost defies classification, a sci-fi-comedy-horror-romance which feels as fresh as an orange and lemon beverage on a hot summers day. It’s like Groundhog Day meets Evil Dead by way of Breaking Bad. However, there’s a strain of Film Noir running through this too. The individual ingredients might be familiar but you’ve never tasted a dish quite like this.
Milton (Milo Cawthorne) and Skyler (Olivia Tennet) meet each other in rehab. He’s a science geek and she wants him to cook crystal meth. They take-off into a cabin the the woods with her crazy boyfriend (Ari Boyland). Things get bloody, but an ancient Native American curse means that they keep getting bloody over and over and over again.
I loved Blood Punch’s vibe, the cinematography was great and the performances were strong. Adam Berry’s music hit all the right notes (covering many genres) and Eddie Guzelian’s screenplay had ingenuity. It all comes together to form a surprising little package with a tremendous amount of verve. Sometimes low budget films can be a rough around the edges, but this is a slick, polished affair. Other low budget filmmakers must take note.
It’s hard to believe this is Madallaine Paxson’s directorial debut and that she has had a long career working in kids TV. It’s even crazier to think that the whole thing might not even exist if it wasn’t for The Power Rangers. Blood Punch is a quirky gem of a movie that deserves to be seen. I like to champion off-beat movies here at Movies In Focus – and this is one that you really need to check out.
You get some great little features here – 2 commentaries and a selection of deleted scenes. A good package for a deserving little film.