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Friday, March 25, 2011

DVD Review: TRILOGY OF BLOOD (2010)

Directed by:  Rick Kelley and Charlie Ruckus
Production Company:  Ruckus Productions

I just watched the short film (27 minutes), TRILOGY OF BLOOD.  While the film is basically a way to feature the Psychobilly Rock band, The Deadneks, it also stands alone as a great tribute to the horror films of the 60's and 70's, most notably, those of the legendary Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis.  In fact, the title of the film is a takeoff of Lewis' Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red) and the film itself is like an updated version of a H.G. Lewis film.  I am a huge fan of H.G. Lewis, so for this reason, I was a huge fan of this film as well.  Here is the basic plot from the Ruckus Productions website:

When a trio of sexy city gals picks up a broken-down hillbilly in the backwoods of Virginia – the three kittens get A LOT more than they bargained for when they accept the drifter’s invitation to a down-home barbecue. What these lovely ladies don’t know just may hurt ‘em – when they find that the menu of this hayseed hoe-down isn’t the standard ‘burgers and dogs’…

Shot on-location by Ruckus Productions in the hills of Virginia with an estimated budget of roughly 62 dollars – TRILOGY OF BLOOD is a grindhouse gore-fest combining old-school drive-in horror, with three (count ‘em – THREE!!!) rowdy performances by the grittiest psychobilly act this side of Pleasant Valley!!!
Starring Brenna Roth (B-movie starlet and daughter of legendary rocker David Lee Roth), and psychobilly sickos THE DEADNEKS – TRILOGY OF BLOOD is a carnage-crazed feast for the eyes and ears of hell-raisin’ Psycho Rock-and-Roll and 70’s exploitation-style cinematic madness!!!
If you see only one triple-music-video-slash-southern-fried-horror-film this century – grab your vomit-bags and earplugs, and treat yourself to a…TRILOGY OF BLOOD!!!!!!!!

As I stated before, this film is an obvious tribute to the gore films of H.G. Lewis.  The filmmakers do an excellent job of creating cheap, bloody effects that look like they came right out of one of Lewis' films from the 60's.   There is a lot of blood packed into the film, esp in the last half of the film, so all you gore hounds will not be disappointed. Some great gore scenes involve the cutting off of fingers and a very disgusting eye gouge scene!

The film is shot in a vintage style, which I found really cool. It's slightly out of focus, washed in a slight sepia tone, and has marks and scratches like the old style film projected movies.  I thought this was a cool touch and made the film feel as if it really was from the 60's or 70's.

The film contains some scenes of the band, The Deadneks, in concert.  The band is a real band that you should definitely check out if they ever play anywhere near you.  From the looks of their performance in this film, they look like a wild group that would put on an awesome show!  Check out their site (here) to keep up to date on their latest shows!

Overall, this was a cool, fun, retro, gore fest that I personally had a fun time with.  If you are a fan of H.G. Lewis, you will love this one!  Get the DVD now for only $10!



CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD

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