Blood Car Reviews
The script was terrible, as if not even given a second glance before filming.
Question: How the fuck can you kill the person with the blades in your trunk to use their blood to fuel your machine when you are out of blood and your engine will not turn-over? The blades are connected to the engine!
I realize this film was made with the intent to be stupid, cheesy, campy, but it just doesn't work.
Talk about a waste of everyone's time and money, Alex Orr.... and Mike Brune has a face that you just want to punch, repeatedly. Fuck this movie.
But if you get right down to it, "Blood Car" is really just a reimagining of "Little Shop of Horrors," or even "A Bucket of Blood." Well, for most of its running time, at least: an undesirable main character suddenly starts getting attention by way of a plot device that requires constant and repeated murder to keep the charismatic effect going. But even though this is a low-budget retelling of the same formula, it manages to work. For awhile.
The cinematography is actually pretty decent, the writing is often unexpectedly humorous, and the pacing for the first two acts of the film works fairly well...then things begin to fall apart in the third act. Granted, there weren't too many ways a story like this could have wrapped up, but it could have gone better than the farcical last half hour or so.
Then there are the plot holes. Why are meat and vegetables sold in two little stands out by a playground? If gas is so expensive, how is food getting transported (let alone grown, since modern agriculture depends entirely on the fossil fuel industry), in the first place? The movie breaks the fourth wall a bit, and acknowledges that a car that runs on human blood makes no sense, so I guess I can let that one go at least. But still...
Yeah, I know. I shouldn't be quibbling about things like that, and they only hurt the movie slightly. What hurts it far more--besides the third act--are the really unnecessary tasteless bits. It's not as bad as the DVD menu would lead you to believe, but at the same time, I really don't need to know what the "bad girl" from the meat stand is sticking up the main character's ass. Things like that pop up a little too often, and don't really add anything to the story.
But, it could've been a lot worse. "Blood Car" could have been just another "Pot Zombies," or "Die, You Zombie Bastards!" (sans zombies, of course). Instead, it has a (mostly) coherent narrative, decent acting for an indie flick, and better writing than I was anticipating. Worth a rental, but that's probably about it.
Let's clear something up here. The car does not murder people for blood. This is not a new-wave indie version of Maximum Overdrive. The premise is that a young vegan teacher is trying an experiment to fuel his engine with pure organics, but accidentally slices his hand in the process. The blood trickles down the tube and into the engine and VOILA! Gold.
There is enough boobs and blood to keep the weary horror fan happy, but, in all honesty, the film is actually pretty funny. That alone deserves some merit, and there are plenty of clever moments scattered throughout the film that made me laugh. The film is only 76 minutes long, so it's short and to the point. It's worth checking out if you're with a group of friends, or if you're drunk. Or both.