Blu-ray Review: BLOOD PARADISE

BLOOD PARADISE is from first-time director Patrick von Barkenberg who co-wrote the screenplay with Andréa Winter who also stars alongside Christer Cavallius, Rolf Brunnström, Martina Novak and Lars Brunnström.

Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be. Think “Green Acres” as directed by Jordan Peele.

The story for Blood Paradise follows Robin Richards, a writer who decides to go out into the country for some R&R and stay at an isolated farm to see if she can come up with her next hit story to tell. Her driver is a fan boy and it’s obvious he has an uncomfortable crush on Robin but she’s nice to him and relieved once she arrives at her destination. As soon as she settles in, Robin starts to notice strange things around her, like her creepy ass neighbors, hearing disturbing noises and even missing clothing when she goes swimming in the lake.

Robin doesn’t even have phone reception at this place which doesn’t help her situation at all because things begin to get dark for the struggling writer. Without going into too much detail, there’s a murder (maybe more) that takes place and there’s list of suspects who could’ve done it. All Robin wanted to do was relax and find some inspiration for her next book but that aint working out. Even though she has all the messed up material she needs all around her, Robin finds herself trapped in the middle of a terrifying nightmare with little to no hope as she fights for her survival.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Blood Paradise ended up being a good watch but it did have a few flaws, with the biggest one being the movie felt rushed in the end, like they were trying to get things wrapped up. The other flaw is I felt like there weren’t enough victims in Blood Paradise and I’ll just leave it at that. Since the name of the movie is Blood Paradise you’d expect to see lots of blood and hopefully some gore to go with it but unfortunately there just wasn’t enough of the red stuff to quench my thirst. Still, I liked the story about the writer going to an isolated location to see if she can come up with an idea for her next book. Every character was interesting, even the few that didn’t even say anything, you just felt like they were up to something, and they were. Andréa Winter pulled triple duty for the movie and she really is the star of the show and deserves the spotlight here. Patrick von Barkenberg did a nice job for this to be his directorial debut so go ahead and put this one on your watch list. Blood Paradise will be available on Blu-ray on July 16th.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some deleted scenes and a couple of music videos.

  • Delete Scenes: Blood Sex Dream (2’); Fly (1’ 30”); Latex Dreams (2’ 30”); Tractor and Sheep (2’ 30”)
  • Music Videos: Dreamer by Baby Yoga (4’ 30”); You and Me by Baby Yaga (4’)
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