DATE: Friday, August 9
VENUE: Savor Cinema
Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Graham Skipper
With his previous films, Almost Human and Popcorn Frights’ 2015 film The Mind’s Eye, director Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, BLISS roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, a ferociously all-in lead performance, all the while harkening back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm. In his new daringly psychedelic thriller, a brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose — as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends, though, she notices changes within herself. On the plus side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, she is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles.
Preceded by the short film:
LOOM (Directed by Kevin Rothlisberger): A weekend romance between two lovers suddenly turns to horror when they are taunted and abused by a group of local bullies. But just when the bullies think they have the best of them, someone decides to show their teeth releasing the bloodthirsty beasts within. East Coast Premiere!
RUNTIME: 80 min
DIRECTOR: Joe Begos
WRITER: Joe Begos
STARRING: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Graham Skipper