Blood Fest – USA, 2018

Blood Fest is a 2018 American comedy horror film written and directed by Owen Egerton (director of Follow; writer of The Axe Murders of Villisca). The Rooster Teeth Productions film stars Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, and Tate Donovan.

Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda.

As festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers – more schooled in horror-film cliches than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers – must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive…


“It’s a formulaic meta-horror movie that for most of its runtime tries too hard, but there’s a sincerity about the movie that keeps it zipping along […] But Blood Fest will find a place to thrive, and that’s in the online space. It’s GIF-able, and it winks enough at its core audience to satisfy.” Jenny Nulf, The Austin Chronicle

“There is a smugness that fills nearly every frame of Blood Fest. The film grinds to a halt every time a joke is uttered, almost as if the film is holding for applause.  This wouldn’t be as bothersome if the film was actually clever, but it’s not. There is a way to do meta-commentary in horror movies but Blood Fest is so full of itself that 95% of the jokes don’t land.” Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting

” …never overstays its welcome and it is undeniably entertaining and fun. There’s more than enough gore, violence, and horror visuals to please any fan of the genre but the issues arise when you look at it from a technical perspective. The story is littered with plot holes, some of which are so large and unexplained that it is impossible to overlook.” Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central

“Using broad creative strokes to let the audience know we’re all in on the joke, Blood Fest is never quite as smart as some of its predecessors but remains goofy and brutal throughout. Breaking away from the mainstream, the people behind the project knew exactly when to go for the throat.” The Movie Sleuth

Main cast:

  • Seychelle Gabriel
  • Jacob Batalon – North Woods
  • Tate Donovan – Godzilla: The Series; Tales from the Crypt TV series
  • Robbie Kay – Sleepy Hollow TV series; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Hannibal Rising
  • Nicholas Rutherford – Pacific Heights
  • Barbara Dunkelman
  • Chris Doubek – The Horrible Life of Dr. Ghoul (short)


Categories: 2018, comedy horror

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