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Blood Junkie 
Written by: on April 13th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Drew Rosas
Writer: Drew Rosas
Cast: Nick Sommer, Mike Johnson, Sarah Luther, Emily Treolo, Andrew Swant

DVD Released: May 10th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 72 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95


Synopsis: Two girls looking to let lose while their parents are away. So they head off to the liquor store to pick up some booze. While there they meet a pair of horny dudes, who convince them to camping with them. Only there is a slight problem, one of the girls has a little brother that she is taking care of while her parents are away. So everyone agrees that the little brother should also come along. What starts off as a wide weekend of drinking and sexual intercourse. Quickly takes a dark detour when the two girls stumble upon an abandon factory. Naturally their inquisitive side takes over and they decided to explore this forbidding place. Once inside, they awaken the blood thirty occupant of this desolate place.

Making a horror film that leaves a lasting impression is not an easy feat. Hell, even making a good horror film can be a monumental feat in today’s cinema landscape. And while audiences standards have drastically lowered over the years. With majority of the dreck that is being feed to masses barely passing as entertainment, let alone leaving any lasting impression.
 
With the lack of original ideas plaguing just about every horror film that comes out lately. It is refreshing to finally see a film go against the grain. Case in point, Blood Junkie a Retro Slasher film that draws its inspirations from the 1980’s horror films. Mind you this is not just some homage of greatest moments from horror cinema’s past. This is a film that was made by filmmakers who show a true infinity for 1980 Slasher films.

Besides the film’s superbly realized 1980’s decor. Even though the film was made on a very modest budget of just $7,000. A few other areas in which this film excels are its killer who wears a gas mask. And the killer uses the tube attached to the gas mask to suck its victims blood. Another area where this film holds up really well is its irreverent humor.

Now for some of the things that this film does not do as well. Even though the pacing suits the story at hand. There are no actual deaths until about 2/3’s into the film. At least once the blood starts to flow, it does not let up for the remainder of the film. Another area in which this film does not always click are the performances from its cast, who’s performances could be best describe as over the top and then some. Ultimately despite its shortcomings Blood Junkie is an enthusiastic horror film that fans of 1980’s horror film should get the most mileage out of.

The DVD:

Troma presents Blood Junkie in a letterboxed widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels at best average and details generally look crisp. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
 
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with background noise or distortion. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.

Extras for this release include a intro before the film with Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon, a trailer for the film, a photo slideshow, nine minutes of deleted scenes, a audio commentary with writer / director Drew Rosas and a Halloween night themed short film titled ‘Plastic Fangs’ that was also directed by Drew Rosas. Rounding out the extras are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Blood Junkie gets a good DVD release from Troma that is highlighted by an insightful audio commentary with writer / director Drew Rosas.

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