Blood Car – Review

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Let’s start by talking about the basic premise of Blood Car. In the not too distance future Petrol (or Gas) has reached astronomical prices which has driven the western world off the road.

Archie (Mike Brune) a primary school teacher in middle America is working on a new form of fuel when he makes a shocking discovery = human blood can act as a replacement for petroleum.

The inventor of the Blood Car of the title soon finds his new mode of transport drawing a great deal of attention from locals Denise (Katie Rowlett) and Lorraine (Anna Chlumsky) as well as the shady ‘government’.

What follows is a bizarre black comedy which at its best pokes fun at the limited resources at the film makers disposal and at its worst is simply cringe worthy.

A weird love triangle motivates Archie as he continues a killing rampage in order to keep his precious car running. Rowlett and Chlumsky play their parts well although both local tart (for want of a better word) Denise and nice geeky girl Lorraine are thinly drawn stereotypes at best.

Brune delivers an awkward and at times OTT performance that doesn’t always hit the mark but the actor comes into his own in the final few scenes as Archie’s world inevitably crashes around him.

At times the film plays like Napoleon Dynamites twisted cousin and at others it is a dark, gory horror. The ending of the film is also oddly dark and doesn’t quite fit with the light hearted tone.

A muddled mixed bag Blood Car never quite lives up to its horror B-movie premise. If viewers are in the right frame of mind however, this could provide a great deal of fun.

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