Father Gore’s a huge fan of Joe Begos. This dude has given indie horror a boost with his insane creations. He’s directed a couple features and they’re both kick ass horror-science fiction mashups that’ll take many horror lovers on a trip back in time, to when the 1980s offered a batshit era for genre movies in the best sort of way. Begos has an old school spirit, both in his writing and also his focus on practical effects.
The Mind’s Eye was a Scanners-like vision, and Almost Human felt inspired by stuff like Fire in the Sky. Point being, Begos wears his influences on his sleeve, though he never imitates— his style is very much his own.
The teaser for Bliss is gritty, grimy, and, of course, sticky with blood. The press materials claim Begos was inspired by sleazy representations of New York City in movies such as Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and William Lustig’s Maniac, reflected in his nasty depiction of Los Angeles. And while surely there are cinematic vampire influences the filmmaker has worked into his movie’s DNA, the insane teaser suggests he’s, once more, carving out his own sub-genre niche.As per the movie’s press release:
“Known for her dark and macabre artwork,
painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut.
Unable to finish her
newest commissioned work,
Dezzy 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
Courtney (Tru Collins)
and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield),
Dezzy notices changes within herself.
On the positive 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,
Dezzy is quickly and violently
consumed by blood lust.”
Bliss is set to premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival,
on April 27th, 28th, and May 1st.