Sunday, October 25, 2015

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS (2015)

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS (2015)

Label: Scream Factory

Release Date: November 3rd 2015 
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 84 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Brian James O'Connell
Cast: Joey Kern, Pedro Pascal, Yvette Yates, Emma Fitzpatrick, Fran Kranz, Joel Murray


Director Brian James O'Connell's movie Bloodsucking Bastards is a fun bloodsucking office horror-comedy that comes off as Fright Night by way of Office Space with a solid cast who do a superb job of getting across what it must be like working in a soul-draining cubicle job under the unnatural fluorescent lights doing phone sales. These guys are selling awful products to consumers over the phone who should know better. None of them seem particularly good at their career choice, they're more preoccupied with staying late and watching Internet porn or playing violent video games on the company's high speed Internet. The lone exception might be Evan (Fran Kranz, Cabin in the Woods) who is bucking for a promotion from the boss, Ted (Joel Murray, God Bless America), who keeps dangling that promotional carrot in front of Evan, hinting he might just be next in line for a management position. However, Evan is not exactly having a great week, the office human resources manager Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) has just dumped him when the poor guy couldn't return the "I love you" she lobbed his way the night before. It is a cringe-worthy scene when he freezes up and doesn't respond appropriately, poor bastard.

It get exponentially worse when the boss calls a meeting with the entire staff to announce the new promotion. Evan firmly believes he will land the promotion, and much to his shock and dismay the manager position is awarded to an outsider named  Max (Pedro Pascal). A slimy go-getter, worse is that he and Evan are former rivals, he's a shark of a character, a bit too smooth, too condescending and someone that is easy to loathe. On the other hand Evan is a guy you want to succeed, he's a nice guy with a good heart, but things just do not seem to be going his way. 


Over the course of the next few days strange things begin to occur around the office. At first a new intern disappears while taking out the trash, which no one seems to take not of. More concerning is when the office pushover becomes an alpha male, and the nice girl turns into a sexually aggressive vamp. After that the telemarketers become lifeless office drones... even more so than before. Evan quickly catches on to the fact that something supernatural is afoot in the office, and the new manager Max seems to be the blood draining culprit behind it all, leaving Evan, his best friend Tim (Joey Kern), and the energy drink-fueled security guard to get to the bottom of it all, with bloody results.

Special Features

- Gag Reel
- Behind The Scenes (Bloodsucking Bastards On Set)
- Audio Commentary With Dr. God Comedy Troupe Including Director Brian James O'Connell, Producer/Actor Justin Ware, Writer/Actor Sean Cowhig, Actor Neil W. Garguilo and Actor David F. Park

This is truly funny stuff, the office setting is a nice spin on vamps, and the blood-draining and life-sucking humor meshes well with the whole nine to five drone schtick. The humor is witty but not too wink-wink, if you know what I mean. It worked for me in a way that kept me entertained for eighty-four minutes, which is the perfect length, it did't wear out the welcome. If you can imagine Summer of Blood 92014) by way of Clockwatchers (1997) I think you will have a pretty keen idea what to expect with this one, plus the added benefit of some sweet gore throughout. A pretty well-balanced mesh of humor, horror and gore,though maybe a bit too light on the horror for hardcore horror fans, but if you are looking for laughs you're covered, this is bloody good fun. 3.5/5

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