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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.
Sarah and her boyfriend Ted have decided to spend Christmas with Ted's mother at her home in rural Wisconsin. However, upon arriving, Sarah begins to feel a strange presence around her and soon after, a mysterious figure garbed in a Samurai outfit begins murdering the townsfolk, eventually setting his sights on Sarah, Ted, and his family...
A supernatural slasher film like no other, Fabrice Zaphiratos' French-US co-production, BLOOD BEAT, applies an arthouse aesthetic to its American regional cinema stylings, resulting in a dreamy and haunting atmosphere to compliment the bloodletting and outrageous twists. Barely released on video in the US and never officially released on disc, Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray debut of this one of a kind horror oddity, restored in 2k from its original 35mm negative.
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
2. Commentary track with Fabrice Zaphiratos (writer/director)
3. Video interview with Fabrice Zaphiratos
4. Video interview with Vladimir Van Maule (cinematographer)
5. Stills gallery
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. English SDH subtitles
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BB is one mind shattering experience. A family is hanging out in the middle of the woods. A son brings his girlfriend with him, and the girlfriend and the son's mother don't get alone for unknown and strange reasons. Skip to odd music, undefined telepathic abilities, a woman painting on canvas that's supposed to mean something (I don't know what it means; the messages are hidden or meaningless), a samurai killer?!, drawn out hunting scenes, and super power battles, and you got BB in a nutshell. WTF barely covers it. Don't expect anything to make total sense or to be explained. BB has gory moments, but it's not that blood drenched. What it is drenched in is weirdness. Bizarre. I still don't know if I like it, but I can appreciate the experience, and I can totally appreciate the great Blu-ray release.
As for the film itself, well, it's pretty strange...two college kids go to visit their mom & her boyfriend at Christmas (in Wisconsin), and the son brings his girlfriend, who is immediately regarded with suspicion by mom, who has some kind of psychic abilities, apparently. It seems that the girlfriend has brought the spirit of a Samurai with her...yes, really, and don't ask me how this all fits together because I don't know....apparently mom has something to do with this all too but that's only hinted at near the end with the insertion of a couple clips of what appear to be something from WW2? Anyway, the samurai wanders the Wisconsin countryside with a big sword and randomly hacks and skewers as he goes. How someone came up with THIS concept is a mystery.
Anyway, the DVD-r is better than nothing and it IS watchable, but maybe Amazon needs to re-think (or at least screen) some of what they sell. 3 stars, maybe 2 1/2.