Tagged: Justin Dix

 

Summary: A group of ship-wreck survivors find themselves having to board an abandoned Nazi vessel during World War II.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th August 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: 5th August 2020

Country: Australia

Director: Justin Dix

Screenwriter: Justin Dix, Jordan Prosser

Cast: Alex Cooke (Alexander Teplov), Mark Diaco (Jimmy Bigelow), John Lloyd Fillingham (Gerard Faraday), Ruby Isobel Hall (Mya), Christopher Kirby (Lydell Jackson), Troy Larkin (The Patriarch/Medic), Vivienne Perry (The Matriach), Nathan Phillips (Nathan Sinclair), Jacinta Stapleton (Shelly), Mackenzie Stephens (Lily), Alyssa Sutherland (Jane Prescott), Robert Taylor (Captain Malone), Steve Young (Haas)

Running Time: 93 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

 

 

OUR BLOOD VESSEL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Blood Vessel Review:

Excuse the pun but weren’t vampires supposed to be done and dusted in cinema? The relationship between the blood-sucking monsters and the big screen has always been an extensive one. From early adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Through to heroic tales of vampire slayers like Van Helsing and Buffy.

With vampires it seemed that filmmakers could let their imagination run wild… and many did. Quentin Tarantino delivered the sound-yet-quirky Dusk Til Dawn while John Carpenter delivered the gorey but brilliant Vampires. It felt like the vampire mythology could be stretched and pulled into stories that could go in any direction. Interview With A Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise touched on themes of mortality and immortality, The Forsaken treated vampirism as a pandemic while Queen Of The Damned featured a heavy metal singing vampire called Lestat. Then came Twilight and suddenly genre directors pulled back from vampires as sparkly vampires became the dream of every teenage girl.

Now it seems that serious genre filmmakers are ready to once again pick up the mantle of creating new stories about the notorious demons and the result is movies like Blood Vessel which has just recently been released on a number of streaming platforms.

From director Justin Dix, who worked in the special effects department of a number of Star Wars as well as directing the critically acclaimed Crawlspace in 2012, Blood Vessel is the kind of film that in any ordinary year would only be noticed by hardcore horror fans. But 2020 is no ordinary year so with cinemas still largely closed around the world films like Blood Vessel have become hits on streaming services – not only because it is a good film but also because 2020 seems to have been the year where the cinema fans right around the world have realised that Quentin Tarantino has been right for decades when he says “Australian genre filmmakers are among so of the best in the world.”

Blood Vessel is certainly a vampire film with a difference. Set during World War II it finds a group of survivors in a life raft suddenly come across a German vessel drifting in the open sea. While at first hesitant the group which includes Nurse Jane Prescott (Alyssa Sutherland – Vikings), Russian soldier Alexander Teplov (Alex Cooke – Preacher) and Australian soldier Nathan Sinclair (Nathan Phillips – Snakes On A Plane ) decide to board the ship figuring that being taken captive is better than starving at sea.

However, once on board the ship the group find no German sailors but instead find a mysterious young girl, dead bodies and begin to wonder what their own colleague Gerard Faraday (John Lloyd Fillingham – Gallipolii) is up to.

For a low budget horror film it is surprising how good Blood Vessel really is. Everything seems to come together perfectly. The screenplay allows for the suspense to come from more than just monsters going bump in the night while Dix’s horror effects are some of the best you are likely to see. The other big plus for the film is the fact that the characters at hand are not walking clichés, they are three dimensional characters that the audience actually cares about… and that is a rarity in modern day horror.

What stands Blood Vessel out from the myriad of genre flicks out there though is the natural feel to the film. It feels strange saying that a vampire film is believable but that is the exact feeling you get when watching the film. Perhaps it is how well the film flows or the fact that it was filmed on an action World War II vessel, whatever the reason it only further enhances the suspenseful nature of the film at hand.

While readers should be warned that Blood Vessel is pretty bloody for those that enjoy a good horror film you are in for a treat. While it is a shame that it hasn’t made its way into cinemas around the world the way fellow Australian horror film Black Water: Abyss did Blood Vessel has set the streaming world ablaze and is currently one of the most talked about films in the world.

 

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Blood Vessel Review:

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:

Blood Vessel (2019) on IMDb

 

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Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, returns to Cinema Nova from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th for MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE.

Following on from our most successful festival to date in 2018 with a record attendance of over 2,800 patrons, we are pleased to reveal that our eighth chapter is guaranteed to be our best yet! Our diverse range of international programming consists exclusively of World & Australian Premieres, accompanied by filmmaker Q&As, panels, lectures, pop-up events and more!

Our first wave line-up announcement comprises of seven imaginative and bold new Australian features, five of which will be celebrating their World Premieres.

Special effects maverick Justin Dix steps back into the director’s chair for his sophomore feature, BLOOD VESSEL, a harrowing high seas horror that pits a motley crew of shipwreck survivors against an ancient evil aboard an abandoned Nazi warship.

CULT GIRLS, the nightmarish and hypnotic horror from writer/director Mark Bakaitis, concerns a young woman whose search for her two missing sisters leads to her spiralling descent into hell.

Award-winning shorts filmmaker Mike Green makes his feature debut with OUTBACK, an immersive and gruelling survival thriller that witnesses two Americans at odds with the harsh and unforgiving Australian outback.

Jesse O’Brien‘s hilariously macabre and delightfully irreverent TWO HEADS CREEK also plays upon the fish out of water scenario, only this time with a pair of British siblings stranded in a rural town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with immigration.

More crazed locals abound in James Di Martino‘s debut feature THE FACELESS MAN, an insane tale of a group of friends whose party weekend getaway in the country turns to bloodshed when they are met with both the town’s strict no drug policy and the menace of the titular character.

Filmmaker Sandra Sciberras‘s THE DUST WALKER offers up both thrilling sci-fi action and intense viral horror as a small outback town bands together to face off against a parasitical alien threat.

Monster Fest alumni Matthew Victor Pastor returns this year with A BIGGER JAIL, a psychosexual thriller that sees a young married couple’s encounter with a recently paroled criminal lead to devastating consequences.

We are also excited to reveal our MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE artwork.

WHEN:
Thursday October 10th – Sunday October 13th, 2019

WHERE:

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
Carlton VIC

TICKETS:

Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Concession – $16

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (15 films) $199 [Early Bird Offer, first 50 VIP Passes at $169 each]

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings, events and panels from Thursday October 10th to Sunday the 13th.

Mini-Pass (5 Films) $70

The Mini-Pass may be used for any 5 Monster Fest film sessions from Friday October 11th to Sunday the 13th (EXCLUDES Opening Night).