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Title: Blood Punch
Director: Madellaine Paxson
Writer: Eddie Guzelian
Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland
Release Date: Out on DVD from June 25th

Review by Dave Griffiths

So many filmmakers over the years have tried to do the time travel thing over the years, and while classics like Back To The Future and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure stand the test of time, many try and fail as well. See, while many of the ideas behind time travel may sound great when spoken, any flaws or mistakes in the film-makers script becomes blatantly obvious when it is there for all to see on the big screen. Now we come to Blood Punch; a horror flick brave enough to take on the time travel challenge.

Beginning in a drug rehab facility, Blood Punch sees the beautiful Skyler (Olivia TennetThe Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers) on the look-out for a talented meth cook that can help her and her psychotic, Police Officer boyfriend, Russell (Ari BoylandThe Tribe) cook up the deal of a life time. Enter the naïve Milton (Milo CawthorneDeathgasm) who is willing to do anything for Skyler, including kill…time after time after time.

The premise behind Blood Punch is actually pretty ingenious. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but what leads to the characters being caught up in a time warp is some pretty smart work from screenwriter Eddie Guzelian (seriously known for writing kids films and TV). While director Madellaine Paxson (newcomer) makes sure that the horror fans are kept more than happy with the film with some pretty full-on gory scenes as the characters try to find new and interesting ways to kill each other.

The film doesn’t just rest on gore to get it through though. The screenplay works remarkably well with a well-rounded story that will have its audience constantly guessing at what will happen. The film always works due to the fact despite a myriad of backstabs (literally) plus the regular twists and turns you would expect from a film like this, you do actually find yourself rooting for Skyler and Milton as a couple. This just raises the suspense of the film even higher, meaning you are never going to lose interest. The good screenplay also means that Oliva Tennet and Milo Cawthorne get to show there acting skills, while Ari Boyland steals the show getting to play a genuine psychopath.

If you’re in the mood for a film with a body count (technically it is a body count despite being the same bodies over and over) and an endless supply of a fake blood then you are going to want to go and check out Blood Punch.

There will be a special screening of Blood Punch held in Melbourne at Backlot Studios on the 25th June at 7.30pm. Star Milo Cawthorne will be attendance for a Q&A. $20 entry gets you into the screening, the Q&A and also a copy of Blood Punch on DVD. You can pre-book for the one off event HERE.



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