BLOOD MOON RISING
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Zombies, vampires, werewolves, and even Satan and his spawn show up in a showdown over whether or not Earth will be saved or destroyed. Heavy!
Is it good movie?
Alright, here goes (inhales deeply): A miner finds an evil artifact that blocks the entrance to Hell. He takes it, allowing Satan and his daughter Lucy (the miner's wife) to come to Earth. He happens to be in love with another woman though, which pisses Lucy off. She decides to bleed them to death but brings them back to life, him as a vampire and the woman as a werewolf. If the shewolf is killed, her blood will bring Lucy back from the dead (which is a good thing because she is promptly shot to death by an angry mob). Now it's up to Sadie, a descendant of the miner, and comic book geek Darryl to stop truly evil things from happening on Earth.
To mix comedy with horror properly is a rare feat, most of the time these types of movies turn out wrong. This movie mixes in way too much goofiness for it to be really funny. There's a chuckle here or there, but I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. The zany attempts at humor also kill any chance for scares as well. The worst aspect about this movie, though the filmmakers were keeping with grindhouse traditions, is the dubbing of the lines. Everything is re-dubbed in English. I get why they did it, but it doesn't make the movie any easier to watch. Some folks may love it, but it drove me nuts.
Here's what I liked about the movie- unfortunately it's not a very long list. The film has the look of an old, washed out, scratched up movie print from the 70's, again keeping with the grindhouse feel. The gore is plentiful and well done (CGI is terrible and out of place though) and the music sounds great. These are all great aspects that any movie of this type should aspire to have but the general silliness of the movie really ruined it for me.
Video / Audio
Some great elements, the occasional chuckle and Ron Jeremy can't save this silly mess. Know what you're getting into before watching.