Blood Car (2007)

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Alex Orr Alex Orr
Mike Brune Mike Brune
Anna Chlumsky Anna Chlumsky
Katie Orr Katie Orr
Matt Hutchinson Matt Hutchinson
Marla Malcolm Marla Malcolm

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Genres: Black Comedy, Horror, Horror Comedy, Satire
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: December 13, 2007
This was a film that screened at the 2007 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, but I just didn't get a chance to see it because I had so much else on my plate. The film is "Blood Car" and it's a low budget horror feature from writer and director Alex Orr. It's about a future where gas prices are so high that people can't afford to drive anymore. There are mass car graveyards all over the place and people have reduced themselves to bikes and skateboards. One man decides he wants to end this and experiments with building an engine that runs on wheatgrass. In the process, he accidentally develops an engine that runs on blood - human blood. Thus, "Blood Car" begins.

The young man is played by Mike Brune as Archie Andrews, a kindergarten teacher who reads stories to the kids during the day and murders homeless war veterans and hookers at night to fuel his vehicle. Anna Chlumsky from "My Girl" co-stars as Lorraine, who works at the local Vege-Table stand, where Archie buys his wheatgrass. She gets suspicious when Archie stops buying wheatgrass, yet still sees his car working. Katie Rowlett co-stars as Denise, who works at the neighboring Meat Stand. She loves Archie's car and will perform any sexual act imaginable on him to make sure that she keeps getting to ride in it. There's also some stuff about the government that's pretty lame. The film is basically about a mild mannered vegan who becomes a blood thirsty killing machine, all for the sake of a car.

The film is supposed to be subtle political satire I guess, but it just comes off as a horror film. There's a lot I enjoyed about the film - Alex Orr has a very demented sense of humor and I appreciate that. I was cackling with laughter when I watched how Archie handles the war veteran. The primary problem with the film lies in the pointless side plot involving the United States government and the CIA. It's useless. It takes away from the heart of the story which lies in Archie killing as many people as possible to keep on getting laid. I don't think his relationship with Lorraine was explored in anything close to a fulfilling way and I wanted to see more with them. The ending goes out of its way to be as violent and offensive as possible, and though I can appreciate that, Orr is alienating his audience for no good reason. Do we need to see a kindergartener get her brains blown out? Is that something that is crucial? "Blood Car" is well done and has some nice moments, but it misses greatness because it just doesn't know when to quit.

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grain of sand #1: grain of sand - added 12/15/2007, 01:27 PM
I enjoyed this. Even with a low budget a lot could have been done better in my opinion.. but archie was a great character and this was a cool little story.. the extras on the dvd were pretty fun and interesting..

a 6/10 sounds just right
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 12/29/2007, 12:27 AM
Shit sucked
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