Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ariauna Albright, James L. Edwards, Nina Angeloff, Randy Rupp, Paul Morris
Director: Matthew Jason Walsh
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sports, Mystery & Suspense
Serena Stalin wanted to learn from the best so she tracked down Butch Harlow, one of the world's most notorious serial killers, and blackmailed him into teaching her the fine art of murder. Now, as the lessons begin, as ... more »
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The best serial-killer love story of all time!
Michael Scrutchin | Pearland, TX USA | 06/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A splatter tragicomedy from writer-director Matthew Jason Walsh, "Bloodletting" focuses on a young woman named Serena (Ariauna Albright) who blackmails notorious serial killer Butch Harlow (James L. Edwards) into teaching her the craft of murder. They fall in love and go on a killing spree. Naturally, the young lovers eventually run into relationship problems, as Serena's ever-increasing bloodlust becomes too much for Butch to handle. Edwards and Albright play off each other beautifully, delivering passionate performances while sending up modern relationships and serial killing with giddy aplomb. The dialogue scenes between them amidst all the carnage are killer. Just wait till Serena, in the heat of a lovers' spat, cries, "This is not about killing people anymore, Butch. This is about us!" The showstopper, of course, is a wee little baby being splattered all over a wall due to an accidental shotgun blast. Yes, it sounds sick. And it is. But in the context of this delightfully twisted film, the exploding baby is as sly and funny as anything in "American Psycho." Sure, "Bloodletting" may be a bit rough around the edges, but its near-brilliant writing and the memorable, inspired performances by Edwards and Albright eclipse most if its micro-budget shortcomings. If you ask me, "Bloodletting" is the best serial-killer love story of all time."
Great movie. Packed DVD release.
K. Cannon | USA | 07/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bloodletting is one of the better low budget horror flicks to come out in the 90's. The main characters are Butch and Serena. The basic plot involves a demented tale of murder and mayhem with many twists and shocks. The Amazon Editorial Review states the plot rather clearly, so it's almost moot for me to extend upon it much.Bloodletting was not an easy film to make. It's shooting time was only 3 or 4 days with a very meager budget. There was high tension on the set throughout filming and several friendships were tarnished for years. It's amazing that the final cut turned out to be a decent little movie.This new DVD is packed with many bonus features. I was lucky to get it from Tempe a couple of months ahead of the release date. Although the picture and sound are nothing to rave about, it looks as good as it will ever look on DVD, especially considering it wasn't shot on 35mm film. It is presented in Full Frame, which is it's original aspect ratio. The new sound remix is leagues better than the old vhs edition. Now for the actual special features:It includes the short film "I've Killed Before" which was shot before Bloodletting and also starred Ariauna Albright & James L. Edwards. This is basically a shortened version of Bloodletting with some minor differences in the story and names. Shot on video, it had a poor production that made the final product suffer...however it is still entertaining, if only to compare with the later Bloodletting.A new and interesting "Making Of" feature sheds some light on the problems that plagued the production. Some deleted scenes are also worth it to buy this DVD. Trailers for Bloodletting and many other Tempe movies are also included. A still gallery is also very nice, with production photos and artwork of the various old vhs editions. A large section of Text Reviews from various sources are also included.The DVD does include an inner insert with notes from Tempe's J.R. Bookwalter. Perhaps the nicest feature is the DVD-ROM feature. If you place this in the DVD drive on your computer you can access the FULL SOUNDTRACK for Bloodletting (previously for sale on CD) in high-quality MP3 format!Not everyone will enjoy Bloodletting as much as some. Several scenes could be quite offensive to certain people. But, if you're a fan of low-budget horror then you really need to check it out......"
K. Cannon | 06/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Highlighted by a smart script, a playful sense of humor and a solid rapport between the leads!"