BITS 2017: Our Review of ‘Fake Blood’

Posted in BITS 2017, Festival Coverage, Movies by - November 22, 2017
BITS 2017: Our Review of ‘Fake Blood’

Sometimes you just have to fuck with the format…

It’s such an important lesson, one that often gets over looked with indie filmmaking because when the money just isn’t there, it’s important to stay as innovative as possible and not be afraid to try new ideas.  With Fake Blood, co-writer/director  Rob Grant turns the documentary format on its ear and in flipping the camera on ‘themselves’ it gives us something scarier than any kind of blood, violence or gore that gets thrown on the screen.  He scares us inside our own damn heads.

Two filmmakers (Rob Grant & Mike Kovac) receive a disturbing fan video inspired by one of their horror films; motivating them to investigate their responsibility portraying violent cinema by means of a new documentary that they are making and introducing themselves to the real world of violent criminals and their victims.

The misconception about the documentary format is that it’s 100% the truth and that’s false, it just has to tell an actual story or convey and actual argument or idea that is out there in the ether.  That’s the genius of Fake Blood as it makes a social issue about violence in film and the effect it can have on people twisting it into one of the best indie horror films that has possibly been seen in the 21st Century.

It alludes to everything, and shows us so very little allowing the story to play out in our sordid imaginations through clips from other films and some very subtle and smart film making that shows us next to nothing but forces us to imagine so very much.

I’ll admit it’s a hard sell, but Fake Blood is the kind of horror movie that we need because it messes with its audiences long after they leave the theatre.

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David Voigt, has been a lover of cinema all his life and an actual underpaid critic for a solid 5 years covering everything that the city of Toronto has to offer. He was a content manager in video distribution industry before that and his love of all things cinema goes back to his first moments in awe looking up at the big screen. His 12 years of experience on the home entertainment side of the business have provided him with a unique view on what is worth spending your hard earned entertainment dollars on. Combine that with his unquestioned love of film, David should be your only stop to find out about the best in film, not only in Toronto, but worldwide.