EIFF: Blood Fest review - gleefully gory fun only falters when it tries too hard
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Verdict: This party horror is best enjoyed when you just don’t think too hard. This is a film for the hardcore horror heads, those who know and can appreciate all the conventions of the genre, and can therefore appreciate the full extent of Blood Fest’s satirical premise. Our everyday hero is Dax, played with underrated charm by Robbie Kay, who has been obsessed with horror films since he witnessed his mother’s brutal murder on a Halloween night by one of his father’s deranged patients. He is intent on going to the titular horror festival Blood Fest, something he is forbidden from doing by his father, who views the genre’s influence as the cause of his wife’s death. And that’s everything serious well out of the way within the first ten minutes. Once Dax and his friends are at the camp, and the gates have been shut, the Blood Fest ‘Master of Ceremonies’ reveals all the attractions and villains have been made real; and just like that, pig-masked butchers with chainsaws start tearing through the crowds.
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