Dry Blood – USA, 2016

‘Remember not to kill.’

Dry Blood is a 2016 American horror feature film co-produced and directed by Kelton Jones from a screenplay by Clint Carney who also stars. The Bloody Knuckles Entertainment production also stars Jaymie Valentine, Graham Sheldon and Rin Ehlers.

The synthesizer soundtrack score was also composed by Clint Carney as System Syn.

Plot:

Drug addict Brian Barnes takes refuge in a remote cabin to clean up one final time. However, his well-meaning plans are soon interrupted by the torments of a sadistic Sheriff and ghastly visions of ghosts (that may or may not be hallucinations brought on by his withdrawal). While pulling at the threads to this horrific mystery, it may be Brian’s sanity that unravels first…

On October 30, 2018, it was announced that Dry Blood has been picked up for distribution by Epic Pictures via their Dread Central Presents banner and will be releasing the film on VOD platforms and Blu-ray on January 15, 2019.

Reviews:

“The final revelations about Brian’s character are shocking, but fail as any kind of dramatic payoff since, up to then, we learn very little of substance about him that might point towards his motivations. Repulsion (1965) did this kind of movie right. This one, however, doesn’t.” Evan Popplestone, Cinema’s Fringes

” …put on your big boy or big girl pants, grin it, bear it and make your way through to the third act. Totally worth it once you get there. With several call-outs to Kubrick’s The Shining, a decent lead performance from Carney and one of the biggest and best comebacks of any (initially) not-so-great film…” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

“Filmed mostly in and around a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains, this micro-budget indie film packs quite a punch. Dry Blood is a crazy, bloody trip through insanity and back! This is definitely not a happy vacation in the woods.” Morbidly Beautiful

Dry Blood is an enjoyable mindf*ck of a movie, as it really plays with the perception of the audience in regards to what’s real what’s illusion just like the lead character is never really able to tell, and time and again it neglects the rules of linear storytelling just to confuse the viewer – in a rather clever sort of way.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“A frequently frustrating but at times rewarding experience. While often hampered by ropey acting and pacing issues there is a decent concept in there, some moments of real wit in the script and the brutal finale is excellently done.” Slime House TV

Cast and characters:

  • Clint Carney … Brian Barnes
  • Jaymie Valentine … Anna
  • Kelton Jones … Cop
  • Graham Sheldon … Todd
  • Rin Ehlers … Meagan
  • Robert V. Galluzzo … Clerk
  • Macy Johnson … Alecia
  • Savea Kagan … Alecia (voice)

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