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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:

 

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:

 

 

IMDB Rating:

Blood Vessel (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Blood Vessel Reviews:

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Trailer:

Knock Knock Monster Pictures

After the first wave of announcements last week saw the release of the official Monster Fest 2015 poster, that SCARE CAMPAIGN would be the opening night film, plus the announcement that this year’s special guests will include the likes of Butch Patrick (The MUNSTERS), Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TO DAWN) and Dee Wallace (E.T.), Monster Fest, Australia’s premier cult and horror film festival, is proud to announce the second stage of programming and ticket sales for Monster Fest 2015 – 26th to 29th of November at Australia’s newest home of cult cinema, The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Melbourne.

 

Over the coming weeks, the FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT will include details of over 40 feature films – ‘Official Selection’ and retro gems, two short film programs – ‘Trasharama’ and ‘Monster Shorts’, more guests, bands, Monster Market, Munstapalooza horror hot rods, and more.

 

Meanwhile, here’s a fresh sack of treats for Monster Fest fans:

 

SCREENING OF AUSTRALIAN CULT CLASSICS: WOLF CREEK (10th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING) AND SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

It’s been 10 years since Australian actor John Jarratt first morphed into the now legendary horror ‘baddie’ Mick Taylor and began menacing (and murdering) backpackers in the harsh Australian wilderness.

 

To celebrate Mick’s reign of bloody terror, MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that this year’s program will include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of director Greg McLean’s Aussie horror masterpiece, WOLF CREEK. Aside from John Jarratt (DJANGO UNCHAINED) WOLF CREEK also stars Cassandra Macgrath (SCARE CAMPAIGN), Kestie Morassi (TV’S SATISFACTION) and Nathan Phillips (THESE FINAL HOURS).

 

In 1988 Melbourne director Ray Boseley created one of the greatest cult movies ever produced in this country, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM.  Released only on VHS back in the day, the film has built a dedicated fan base over the years, who have yearned to see it once again in all its big screen glory.

 

Cast and Crew from both films, including John Jarratt, Greg McLean, Ray Boseley and Clayton Jacobson will be attending and presenting Q&A sessions post screening.

 

A BREAKFAST SCREENING OF E.T WITH SPECIAL GUEST – DEE WALLACE

Remember that special feeling you felt when you first heard the adorable alien E.T. utter the words ‘ET phone home’ in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 Academy Award winning film E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL?

Now fans (and newbies) of all ages can re-fall in love with E.T. as MONSTER FEST is proud to announce a special breakfast screening of E.T. THE EXTRA TERRISTRIAL during which fans will be able to meet actress Dee Wallace who plays Mary (the mother) in the family classic.

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF AUSTRALIAN FILMS – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD & CAT SICK BLUES

MONSTER FEST 2015 will see the World Premiere of a number of Australian films and we are proud to announce two of these today – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD and CAT SICK BLUES.

BULLETS FOR THE DEAD is directed by first time feature director Michael Du-Shane and tells the story of a hardened bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws in his trust and a preacher who are forced to work together and battle their way across the Wild West during the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse! The film stars Christopher Sommers (THE WATER DIVINER), Vanessa Moltzen (I AM EVANGELINE) , Hugh Parker (MY MISTRESS), Troy Mackinder (SANCTUM) and Emma Randall (DAYBREAKERS).

CAT SICK BLUES is an Aussie horror directed by another first timer, Melbourne filmmaker, Dave Jackson. CAT SICK BLUES tells the story of Ted Henson (Matthew C. Vaughan) whose beloved cat dies, triggering a total mental breakdown and prompting him to attempt to reanimate his feline friend – all he needs is nine human lives! This hilariously twisted and unique new film stars Shian Denovan (SAWNY: FLESH OF MAN) and Noah Moon (I’M YOU DICKHEAD).

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM – KNOCK KNOCK

MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that the Official 2015 Closing Night Film will be director Eli Roth’s (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER, THE GREEN INFERNO) latest film KNOCK KNOCK – a remake of the 1977 psychological thriller DEATH GAME. KNOCK KNOCK tells the twisted tale of a devoted husband and father who tries to do the right thing when 2 young women come knocking on his door looking for help. KNOCK KNOCK stars award-winning actor Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX, SPEED, JOHN WICK), Lorenza Izzo (THE STRANGER, THE GREEN INFERNO) and Ana de Armas (OVERDRIVE, DAUGHTER OF GOD).

 

A Closing Night Awards Party, hosted by Melbourne’s ‘Queen of the Crypt’, Cherry Bites, follows the screening and will have festival goers rocking into the wee hours with a performance from much loved Melbourne rockers, ‘The Tarantino’s’!

 

TICKETING
For Monster Fest 2015 the tickets are easier and cheaper than ever before. All tickets, excluding Opening Night Gala and Party, will be available as individual session tickets, but with so much on, and with an All-day pass so damn cheap, and available now, why stop at one session?

$30 Opening Night Film & Party: The Australian Premiere of The Cairnes Brothers’ SCARE CAMPAIGN followed by a themed party. ON SALE NOW

$20 Single session ticket: All Monster Fest films and events will be available as single session tickets when the full program is announced, but why would you want a single session ticket when day passes are such incredible value, and available now? SINGLE SESSION TICKETS ON SALE SOON

$20 KOOKS & SPOOKS Trivia Extravaganza: Must be purchased as an individual session ticket – is not available with a day pass. ON SALE NOW

$40 Friday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Friday, Includes all Friday sessions, including ATOMIC EDEN and Blaxploitation marathon. Expires 11am Saturday morning.

$40 Saturday All-day pass: Starts 11am Saturday, incudes all Saturday sessions, including THE HOWLING, Dee Wallace ‘Clip n Tell’ and midnight screening of THE HOWLING presented by Cinemaniacs and Dee Wallace

$40 Sunday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Sunday, includes all Sunday sessions, including ‘I Was a Pre-Teen Werewolf’, Closing Night Film KNOCK KNOCK, closing ‘Monster Awards’ party, but excludes Munsterpalooza on the rooftop. Expires midnight Sunday.

These tickets represent incredible value, EVERY film or session (excluding Trivia), for the price of 2 individual sessions – is there a better value festival ticket in this country? Probably not! ON SALE NOW

$50 Munsterpalooza (Sunday only): All the value of the Sunday All-day pass but with the extra value of exclusive access to the Lido rooftop for an afternoon of BBQ, Bands and Beer. Only 80 tickets available. ON SALE NOW

$60 Swinburne Mega Pass: Exclusive to current Swinburne University student cardholders. This ticket will get students into EVERY SESSION at Lido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, excluding Kooks and Spooks Trivia.

* Does not include Dee Wallace Masterclass or Munstapalooza on the rooftop.

$150 Dee Wallace Acting Masterclass: 5 hour acting masterclass with a cinema icon at Swinburne University. ON SALE NOW
$300 VIP PREMIUM PASS – The Big Daddy of the Monster Fest tickets – This ticket offers unrestricted, fully reserved priority access to EVERY SESSION at the Lido – Opening & Closing films and parties, special events, screenings, Munstapalooza on the rooftop etc, PLUS exclusive merchandise packs, private Special Guests meet a’ greet and much more. ON SALE NOW.

 

MONSTER FEST RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 26-29 @ THE LIDO CINEMAS, HAWTHORN (VIC)

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave,  Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘These Final Hours’, ‘The Keeper Of Lost Causes,’ ‘The Selfish Giant,’ ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ ‘Lucy,’ and ‘Some Velvet Morning’. This episode also contains interviews with Scarlett Johansson, Nathan Phillips and Zak Hilditch.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

These Final Hours Poster

Subculture’s Dave Griffiths caught up with director, Zak Hildtich and leading man, Nathan Phillips to talk about their new feature film These Final Hours.

You can hear the These Final Hours interview right here.

These Final Hours

The These Final Hours trailer has been released and you can view it right here.

THESE FINAL HOURS opens in Australian cinemas on 12th June 2014

Filmed over five weeks in Western Australia, the apocalyptic thriller won the coveted The Age Critic’s award for best Australian Feature at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film asks the hard hitting question “What would you do on the last day on Earth?”

THESE FINAL HOURS tells the story of a self-obsessed young man (Nathan Phillips) as he makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth and stars an ensemble of rising Australian acting talent. Zak Hilditch, who wrote and directed the project, is one of Australia’s foremost up and coming talents. His short film Transmission which was made as a companion piece for THESE FINAL HOURS was nominated for Best Film at the 2013 AACTA Awards and won Best Screenplay.

THESE FINAL HOURS was developed through Screen Australia’s Springboard program and with the assistance of ScreenWest.

It’s the last day on Earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event will end life as we know it. A troubled young man named James makes his way across a lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. However, along the way he ends up saving the life of a little girl named Rose, desperately searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of responsibility, James is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life and helps Rose find her father which ultimately leads him on a path to redemption.