Kevin & Steve’s Horror Movies: “Blood Junkie” (2010) Review


Kevin: From director Drew Rosas, Blood Junkie is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Actually, take that back, if you are a fan of 80’s no-budget slasher, it is EVERYTHING you’ve seen before. Nevertheless, this is the rare movie that uses familiarity with some stylish editing choices and godawful 80’s fashion to create a one of a kind slasher experience.

Steve: I had heard nothing but great things regarding Blood Junkie, but I was not sure if it was going to able to live up to the hype. Fortunately, this not only meet the hype, but exceeded any and all expectations that I had. Great script, great acting, and an all around great fun!

Kevin: Set in 1989’s Wisconsin and described as a “hyper-hipster 1980s horror comedy”, Blood Junkie tells the story of two teenage girls Laura (Sarah Luther) and Rachel (Emily Treolo) who are babysitting Laura’s little brother for the weekend. Left with $35 (“Do you know how much alcohol you can buy for $35? A LOT!”), the two girls head to the local gas station to get some supplies. It is at the gas station that they meet Teddy (Mike Johnson) and Craig (Nick Sommer), a couple of guys looking to go camping and score for the weekend. Before long the fivesome have made their way to the forest for some sex, drugs, and death.

Steve: After the girls find themselves too close for comfort with an unwanted stranger, the two boys go into hero mode and look to save the day! Armed with a gun and a hangover, Craig leads the way through the thick forest as the duo seeks out an abandoned factory that houses their dates. Will they be able to save the day or will they meet their demise at the hands of the Blood Junkie?

Kevin: Can I describe for you in a sentence how this movie looks? The sets look like someone threw up wood chips and the clothes look like they were hand me downs of hand me downs of hand me downs from decades past. This might not be a selling point for many, but for me, this film never loses sight of its 80’s homage style. The performances are all absolutely perfect with special attention paid to the Nick Sommer as hot-shot Craig with one of the ugliest mullets and sweaters around. If anyone could sell this asshole character and make him likeable, it is Sommer. An all around fun time, if you like your slasher films cheap with a good sense of humor about themselves, this is a must watch.

Steve: Oh yeah, with top notch set design and cinematography, Blood Junkie easily sets itself apart from other indy horror films. The editing is also a factor that is not to be overlooked. There are a few stylish cut sequences and edits that had an Easy Rider feel to them. Not only did the editing work, but it worked great. Check this one out today and if nothing else, you will love the hilarious Lloyd Kaufman intro at the beginning.

To buy from Amazon: Blood Junkie (DVD)