Blood Car Reviews
It has some good ideas, but the craziness really isn't enough, it should either have been more cult in the way it was filmed and in the scenery or it should have had more budget to really make something out of it. It lands somewhere in between, there are some great ideas and elements, but they really doesn't go all out there and doesn't become as black and weird as they need to be to fully make it work.
Also, could've done without watching children being shot on screen. Bad form I say!
Sure, the premise is unique and there's some fun moments. It accepts its B-movie status, doling out some nudity and plenty of gore. It's low budget, but that's not what makes it so bad. However...
Acting: Anna Chlumsky has a good performance, but everyone else is subpar. The lead is particularly bad.
After the first 30 minutes, the novelty is over and the movie fails to develop.
Nice try for a low-budget movie, but it's not good enough to make it up your list movies to watch.
What we have here is another good example of what happens when low budget film makers do something right. The story is suitably over the top and the satirical black comedy is done very well, with a few moments that made me giggle. As the story progresses it just becomes sillier and the ending does leave you with a smile on your face. The characters are all generic, but they are strong enough for you to take notice. The gore is very limited and quite primitive, but there is still enough blood sprays to keep you happy. Obviously with all low budget movies there are limitations and this is no different. The direction is a little sloppy at times, and the acting is a quite wooden in places. You can also tell that the locations were either free or borrowed from friends. In the end, this is a little movie that is quite fun to watch and with it's homemade feel reminds me of some of the shoestring classics directed by Roger Corman back in the 50's and 60's.
"Blood Car" is a fine satire looking for something to satirize. Perhaps it's a satire of human nature, our wants, or murder itself; but the film never quite accomplishes what its ever-so-big ambitions suggest. It begins and ends feeling sleazy. I can't say I enjoyed it. But I do appreciate the film, somewhat, for what it's at least trying to do.
The film takes place in the not-so-distant future, where Gas Prices- or the price of anything, for the matter- is going up drastically. People are trying as hard as they can not to go broke whilst driving around in their fancy cars.
So now, we have a young dreamer, who works as a Kindergarten Teacher. He's a Vegan, and he's trying to perfect a system which will be able to use vegetation-liquid as car fuel. He wants to rebel, although this plan hasn't worked. But like all dreamers, he gets another big idea; and this idea becomes the basis for the film. The idea comes in the form of a car being fueled by human blood. At first, our hero uses his own blood; but figures that this can't go on forever.
We witness him trying to get blood from others humans, animals, or beings. This is done in a darkly funny way (it's one of the best scenes in the entire film), with the character trying to shoot squirrels, dogs, and even kittens to get his blood fix. He's like a vampire who doesn't so much as drink the actual blood.
So where does this film go wrong? I have no problem with the premise, and I have no problem with how sleazy the production is. I guess one problem would be the humor. The film is really funny one moment, just kind of funny another, and then it's so obvious and amateurish that it's not funny at all. The filmmakers obviously have a fondness for horror films and satires. Their love gave birth to a good idea which is still searching for the right material to work with. In short, "Blood Car" is well-made, but it just doesn't work.
The film gets some points for being quite low-budget and Independent. If you're in to independent horror/comedies, then you may want to check this out. I have a feeling that some will actually like "Blood Car", and I have no problem with that. I can't say it's a good film, but at the same time, it's not a bad one. There are some good ideas here, although a little more exploration and intelligent humor would have helped. Approach the film as you will, if you will. I have a certain admiration for this film, but it doesn't amount to any sort of fondness. The film does have something good going for it towards the beginning of the film, but it runs out of fuel towards the end. It spirals into indie-filmmaking purgatory, which isn't a bad thing, but you know: it's far from a good thing. But if you want a sleazy "horror satire", then you've got one.