Blood Punch (2013) is a horror thriller directed by Madellaine Paxson and written by Eddie Guzelian for Bluff Road Productions. Released by Midnight Releasing. Starring Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland, with Adelaide Kane as “Nabiki” and Cohen Holloway as “Archer”.

A young man breaks out of rehab to follow a mysterious bad girl into an easy drug score. But when she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic boyfriend, their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end…and no escape.

Girls, guns or zombies? Girls, guns and… Girls, guns and… Girls, guns and…

Not rated. 104 minutes. Watch the official trailer here …

Writer Eddie Guzelian met Kiwi actors Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland and Adelaide Kane on the set of Power Rangers R.P.M. (2009). iZOMBIE star Rose McIver also starred on Power Rangers R.P.M. and acted as an associate producer on Blood Punch. Milo Cawthorne, who is married to Olivia Tennet, recently starred in DEATHGASM (2015).

My thoughts… Blood Punch is a wickedly dark, dark comedy! It’s like AMC’s series Breaking Bad (2009-13) meets Bill Murray’s movie Groundhog Day (1993) as if directed by Quentin Tarantino! Blood Punch is the best damn movie I’ve seen this year (this week)! Seductive beauty Skylar (Olivia Tennet) lures geeky chemistry student Milton (Milo Cawthorne) to a remote hunting lodge with her psychotic ex-cop boyfriend Russell (Ari Boyland) to make the meth for a huge drug score. However,  Milton’s obvious attraction to Skylar puts him at odds with Russell and, eventually, Skylar and Milton are forced to kill him. The next morning, they find Russell still alive with no memory of the night before and soon realize that they’re re-living the same day over again. Milton learns that the lodge rests on cursed Native American land and, now, he and Skylar must kill Russell each morning and trust each other until Milton can figure out how to break the curse! Blood Punch delivers a cynical noir-ish script, an intriguing supernatural premise, plenty of surprising twists and a cruel final denouement! The principal cast is made up of New Zealanders who all do American accents wonderfully well. If I had not already seen Milo Cawthorne in DEATHGASM, I would have never known that he, or any of the others, wasn’t American. They’re all very good in their roles, particularly Olivia Tennet as Skylar, the femme fatale. I love the way she strikes matches with her thumbnail to light her cigarettes!

Highly recommended if you liked Hell Fire (2012)!


Ari Boyland, Olivia Tennet and Milo Cawthorne in Blood Punch (2013)