Director: Thomas Robert Lee
Writer: Thomas Robert Lee (Screenplay)
Starring: Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Walker, Hannah Emily Anderson, Jared Abrahamson, Sean McGinley
Plot: A devout community suffering from a plague is torn apart by a beautiful young woman and the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Blood Harvest starts as we head to a small community which has exiled Agatha Earnshaw (Walker) believe she is an evil witch that has cursed the land, she has secretly raised her daughter Audrey (Reynolds), while having her farm continue to produce, while the rest of the community has struggled.
After seeing her mother abused by the community, Audrey sets out on her own path to get revenge on the community, which will see the side effects of what happens to a person who has the ability of witchcraft in their blood.
Thoughts on Blood Harvest
Characters – Audrey Earnshaw is the daughter of an outsider in the community, she has been living in secret for years from the community, raised around the witches on the outside, she looks to get her own form of revenge on the community which shunned her mother, even if it is against what she wants. Agatha Earnshaw is one of the outsiders of the community, the people believe she cursed them and has kept her daughter hidden from the world to make sure the people can’t do anything to her. Colm and Bridget are a couple that lost their child to the suffering of the community, they are the ones that target the beginning of Audrey rage against them.
Performances – The performances in the film are strong enough without having the performers hitting the best level of intensity which would be required to make us believe everything that is going on.
Story – The story here follows a community that has shunned a woman who raised her own daughter in secret, who decides to use her new power to get revenge on the people that left her family on the outside, using her newly acquired powers. This story may well have plenty of similarities to the Witch, with the community feeling that doesn’t welcome all, with the witch behaviour slowly taking over what is happening in the community. We get a lot of building up for something shocking to happen, without us getting the true impact of most of these ideas.
Horror – The horror in the film comes from seeing how the witch’s actions will make different things happen, each one is more away from us, with it being the action hinted and slowly revelled.
Settings – The film sends us to the remote community which will see the actions of everything slowly start to get worse, it will show us the divide between both sides with everything happening.
Scene of the Movie – Welcome to the circle.
Final Thoughts – Blood Harvest is a horror that promises a lot of shocking moments only to fall short on delivering them.
Signature Entertainment presents Blood Harvest on DVD and Digital HD 16th November
Writer: Peter Hoare (Screenplay)
Starring: Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Colton Dunn, David Hasselhoff, Dan Bakkedahl, Ron Funches, Jennifer Ikeda, Will Sasso
Plot: A struggling nightclub owner resorts to desperate measures in order to pay off a loan shark.
Tagline – Don’t Hassle The Hoff.
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Painful Comedy
Story: Killing Hasselhoff starts as struggling night club owner Chris (Jeong) who has been part of a celebrity Deadpool, where his pick David Hasselhoff somehow keeps surviving his insane stunts, the prize pull between friends is over half a million dollars.
Chris’s week only goes from bad to worse, when a party in his club involves a minor, and after a complication he gets accused of doing drugs and sexually assaulting the minor and he owes a loan shark Wasserstein (Sasso) $400,000. His plan is to kill David Hasselhoff to claim the Deadpool.
Thoughts on Killing Hasselhoff
Characters – Chris Kim is a night club owner that has never been good with his money and after a scandal in his club, his life is left going down the drain, his only out is to cash in on the celebrity Deadpool. The Hoff is the man we know, this does play into the over the top version of him. Wasserstein is loan shark that Chris owes money to and must payback or face being killed. Redix is hired to kill the Hoff by Wasserstein and isn’t like your normal assassin.
Performances – Ken Jeong is an acquired taste for comedy and if you do want to just watch his routine this is fine, as a leading man he just isn’t good enough and this shows him struggle. David Hasselhoff gets to poke fun at himself here which is good, though it gets tiresome quickly. The rest of the cast are fine but never become engaging enough to make us care.
Story – The story follows a down on his luck man that turns to the celebrity deadpool in a hope to clear his debts, which means trying to kill the celebrity he picked David Hasselhoff. This does follow the comedy style of storytelling which involves everything going wrong that could go wrong and Chris needing to learn a lesson. The story is mostly forgettable and is more focused on trying to promote comedy routines of the actors involved.
Comedy – The comedy seems to only focus on the stand up routines of the people involved with nearly everything not getting a laugh.
Settings – The settings keep us in the Malibu area which is meant to be where the Hoff lives, it shows the party lifestyle of the people we meet.
Final Thoughts – This is another terrible comedy that misses all the jokes and ends up falling flat from start to finish.
Overall: Humourless comedy.