What do Christmas, hunting, a samurai, and orgasms have in common? Blood Beat thats what. A Wisconsin set paranormal shasher film made back in 1982.
Blood Beat tells the story of a nice family get together for the holidays. Mom Cathy is waiting for her children Dolly, and Ted. Ted is bringing along his girlfriend Sarah.
Now it turns out that Cathy has psychic like visions, in fact she uses them to paint pictures. As it turns out Sarah has the same abilities, only hers sort of have a weird catch.
Sarah finds an old samurai sword that unfortunately for her is evil so when she gets sexually excited, so to speak it summons an evil samurai type demon that goes about killing people in town. Eventually he does come after our main family.
This is not a bad film, it's just to much. Slasher, psychic powers, samurai's, possessions, and a ridiculous sound track that thumps like a heavy beating heart make this very hard to take seriously.and sadly that is the problem I have with it. Had this been played for some toung and cheek laughs it would have worked out better, especially due to the low budget effects. I will say however that the samurai design looks fantastic and that alone makes it something to watch.
Vinegar Syndrome has picked this up and as it's set around Christmas there no better time than now to watch it. A great transfer and loaded like all there releases with special features
Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
• Commentary track with Fabrice Zaphiratos (writer/director)
• Video interview with Fabrice Zaphiratos
• Video introduction with Fabrice Zaphiratos
• Video interview with Vladimir Van Maule (cinematographer)
• BLOOD BEAT: Silent Version (featuring Nervous Curtains and Horror Remix)
• “L.U.N.C.H.” – short film written and directed by William Zaphiratos (son of Fabrice)
• Stills gallery
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles
Personally I think the amazing cover art that you see above makes it worth owning, but a film this strange does need to be seen to be believed
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars