Owen Egerton writes and directs BLOOD FEST (2018), a love song for horror fans and horror culture. Dax (Robbie Kay) and his two best friends Krill and Sam (Jacob Batalon and Seychelle Gabriel, respectfully) have the hottest tickets in town which are to Blood Fest, a convention for horror fans who get to meet famous people and explore the horror landscapes of some of their favorite films. This is the event of the decade for all except for Dr. Conway (Tate Donovan) who after his wife is killed by a serial killer becomes the voice of morality and deems Blood Fest as evil incarnate. Conway also happens to be Dax’s father which has made their relationship very on edge, to say the least.
Dax and his friends are ready to have the time of their lives at Blood Fest until the gates are locked shut and the patrons start getting killed by the people hired for the event. Now Dax and his friends must travel deep into the heart of Blood Fest, which is populated by killers, murders, clowns, slashers, zombies, vampires, and all other manner of creatures who want everyone dead.
There are some great set pieces in the film that every horror fan will recognize and the idea that the film tries very hard to show the world of the horror fan verses the ideas of people who criticize and denounce the genre make the film that more interesting. This is not a film that just glorifies violence for violence sake but takes a couple cues and inspiration from Cabin in the Woods (2012), a film that also celebrates the horror genre.
I saw the film during a special theatrical screening with a huge audience that really was into the film. It’s exciting and exhilarating to watch a film with an audience that is really into the film. It also helps that the overall film is equal parts a horror film and comedy and it never falls for the cliché horror film clichés. For horror fans this is one of the most fun films to be released that is made with the horror fan in mind.