Review: Bloody Drama

Written and directed by Colin Bressler, Bloody Drama follows the story of a pool party with five former college sorority sisters attempting one last weekend blowout. While trying hard to grab onto their fun youth filled past they are faced with what is their troubled divisive present. As they water down their issues with booze and drugs unbeknownst to them an evil lurks around them with murderous convictions. Starring: David Carbajal, Mike Ettnie, Sky Hawkes, Makayla Keck, Ivy Lamb, Billionna Olivia Reyes, Katusha Robert and Cristina Cruz Rodríguez.

It’s perhaps best to enter this film taking into account that it is an independent horror film, which is a challenging genre, right off the bat. A lot of the time with films of this nature, a huge part of your enjoyment is what you’re looking to get out of the feature; if your hopes are unrealistic, you are setting yourself up for disappointment but if you enter into them with an open mind, it will benefit you, so with that in mind, enter the Bloody Drama. Undeniably, this film has its issues, the script is littered with clichés and the acting is stiff but to a certain degree these are faults that can be overlooked. On the other hand, there are simple touches that would just take that slight further degree of attention which are not so forgivable; moments of behaviour which no regular human would actually do but put in front of the camera, suddenly everything changes, for example speaking into the wrong end of your phone or saying things that are so blatantly obvious, they’re completely redundant.

Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of the film is the lack of blood, which is particularly ironic and it would have been nice to see a bigger embrace of gore. Using minimal moments of violence would be heightened by that glimpse of what we want to look away from but can’t, to get a better sense of danger and risk. Being more realistic, this is less horror and more thriller, there is a mysterious attacker and you don’t know when they will strike. However, there is a fair lack of suspense, something that is always aided by an edgy, simple score which isn’t present in this case. The same goes for spending a little more time giving context to certain moments, if a character is suffering, as an audience, you want to know how, or at least get a glimpse and a reason as to why you should care because if there is no sympathy for a character, a moment of struggle is going to pass right by rather than deepen your interest in the story. A few quick cuts for glimpses into the larger picture would help here, especially in the case of our attacker, there is no problem with including them sporadically but leaving too much time between each appearance turns the film from a thriller to a simple drama which can be jarring.

Overall, the lesson here is that minor tweaks could make a whole lot of difference, a little more context here, a sharper cut there and a subtly building score layered on top, would make this a very different film. Despite its faults, it can be said in its favor that it is a watchable film.

Verdict: 3.5/10

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