Today, I talk with writer Eddie Guzelian about his venture into the horror genre with Blood Punch. Eddie has made a name for himself writing children’s movies and TV projects, with lovable characters and kid-friendly content. So when he decided to work with fellow writer and director of the film, Madellaine Paxson, on a drug-fueled horror film that delves into the animal side of the human condition, it must have been a hell of a conversation.
What came of that conversation was Blood Punch. A 104 minute thrill ride that explores the darkest parts of the characters lives and opens up a world of interesting choices and possibilities.
To be honest, when I first sat down to watch the film, I was completely familiar with the opening. It was a cliched opening that started out like so many other bad indie horror movies, but by the start of the second act I was completely entranced.
Visually, Blood Punch is quite beautiful and the cinematography work on the project is quite nice. I’m also very proud to report that the audio in this film was done perfectly, there were no “hall effects” or fade in-fade out, like you sometimes find in independent films.
I personally love the way that the writers go from the typical childlike movies and stories that they are familiar with and jump, feet first, into the grimy and dark world that is horror. To me, it sort of feels like being part of something almost taboo. Imagine if you tuned in and suddenly were watching Mr. Rogers neighborhood of Horror, that’s what I want to see and writer Eddie Guzelian didn’t fail to deliver on that aspect.
All in all, I would certainly recommend this film to anyone who loves a good horror film. It’s unique enough to pique the interest of most cynics and it flows well enough to keep them entertained throughout.