‘Die in silence’
Blood Widow is a 2014 American horror film directed by Jeremiah Buckhalt from a screenplay by Chad Coup and Ian H. Davis.
The movie stars Danielle Lilley (The Incubus), Brandon Kyle Peters, Christopher de Padua, Jose Miguel Vasquez, Emily Cutting (Rockabilly Zombie Weekend) and Kelly Kilgore.
Laurie and Hugh are a successful young couple who have just closed on a weekend home away from the city. Unbeknownst to them, the neighbouring property contains the crumbling remains of a boarding school that was shuttered in the wake of an unspeakable massacre.
The sole survivor of that massacre still resides in the ruins of the school, hiding from the world and wanting only to be left alone. When Laurie and Hugh’s friends explore the property, they have no idea that they disturbed an emotionally-broken killing machine: The Blood Widow…
“I’d love to think of Blood Widow as an homage to eighties slashers, but eighties slashers had at least some semblance of a narrative. And they also knew how to give the villains a showcase to demonstrate how lethal they are. While Blood Widow isn’t a complete dropping of the ball, it still really has nothing to offer beside a very sleek and visually pleasing slasher villain.” Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed
“Blood Widow plays its story seriously, but its kills are intentionally over the top. The almost campy tone to the bloody brutality somehow works, even though it strikes a different chord than how the rest of the film is themed. Impossible decapitations and rapidly uncoiling innards are just some of the physics-defying deaths on display in all their gory glory.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“Maybe this would have passed muster thirty years ago? Now, not so much, with viewers far more cynically self-aware, and wanting more than an uninteresting rehash of its predecessors. Save the gender of the assailant, there’s nothing new or of note here; it isn’t enough, when it’s little more than an afterthought, and everything else we get, has been done a lot better elsewhere.” Jim McLellan, Girls with Guns
“ …as a result of relegating its namesake character for the majority of the movie the potential to be an outstanding horror film was mostly squandered. The fact the silent character didn’t exist in the minds of others throughout the movie as something to explore or satisfy their curiosity made the first half feel un-engaging, and didn’t give a context to the character. However when the Blood Widow was on the screen it was exciting…” Kareem Ali, The Hulking Reviewer
“Like with all very low-budget horror-films these days, you have to lower your expectations considerably, especially with so many being made in an already saturated genre. Blood Widow offers nothing you haven’t seen many times before, but the kills are rather novel and there are a few differences to this derivative tale to make it quite watchable. Nav Qateel, Influx magazine
“The acting overall, is dreadful, with the exception of Danielle Lilley who gives a good performance as the film’s heroine and Kelly Kilgore as stoner chick Harmony. As well as having a good story, believable actors are a must and here, 99.9% of them are just plain terrible. However, I do have to give kudos to the film’s composer John Czaban…” James McDonald, Red Carpet Crash
” …your typical slasher, with everything in place, brutal killings, a masked killer with a very clichéd and fragmented backstory, the occasional sex and nudity that always ends badly, and so on and so forth – and yet, Blood Widow works better than a whole lot of them, basically because it takes its time to develop its characters, it builds up its story organically…” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash
“Amateur night performances are part and parcel when your hobby is collecting slasher films, but this makes the actors in The Dorm That Dripped Blood look like Streep and Nicholson.” Hudson Lee, Vegan Voorhees
Florida-lensed Blood Widow was issued on DVD in the US via Midnight Releasing on June 3rd, 2014. It has subsequently been released via Redbox and free on YouTube via The Orchard.