Strange Blood (Horror, 2015) (18) D: Chad Michael Ward W: Pearry Reginald Teo (story) P: C: Robert Brettenaugh, Alexandra Bard, James Adam Lim. 1h 20m. USA.
Synopsis : When a brilliant but obsessive scientist goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time running out, he must find a way to stop the monster that is growing within and prevent the rest of the world from being “cured.”
Fear the cure.
All hail the new flesh! If David Cronenberg was going to make a vampire film then it would be something like this, but on a much larger scale possibly with hordes of infected people running around. Strange blood is a low budget attempt at showing us the horrors that sometimes come disguised as a scientific blessing. Blending science and mythology, this film successfully depicts a deep raw worship of an alien being, something akin to Existenz (1999), Tetsuo Body Hammer (1992) or even Hardware (1990) while keeping a firm foot on the daddy didn’t love me backstory.
Starting out fresh and curious the film is full swing in the laboratory, no need for a achievement montage, the experiment is a success!! Unfortunately the blob gets a little hostile similar to Ginger and Fred in Splice (2009) and attacks doctor?? Assuming It was a one-off attack and that he’s totally ok he carries on with the experiment, during this time his student falls in love with him and attempts to start a relationship but the pathogen running through his blood from his experiment starts to transform him mentally first into a unemotional beast.
There are many visual and atmospheric aspects in this film which would speak to the old-school cyberpunks he used to really enjoy industrial styled science fiction films usually of an apocalyptic nature from the early 90s Hardware and Death Machine examples. once the pathogen starts to take over the doctor starts to worship it and they become a micro collective. Then starts the physical changes the Doctor Who appears withdrawn, gaunt, sunken eyes and rotted teeth he starts to shave his head and his cold demeanor changes and it’s up to students to help fight this biological beast and cure him, I start to busy themselves with textbooks in science jargon never want to mentioning the vampire myself that all even if the doctor himself becomes very sensitive to sunlight.
The film, like the biological beastie involved seems to only be partly formed. Due to this lack of direction it’s hard to ascertain if the film is trying to be deep psychological infection horror or a romantic sci-fi. There are a lot of connections with the flow remake you’ve got the brilliant scientist who meets attractive girl who gets spliced with some random entity and goes on a wild sexual rampage and ends up becoming a new organism.
The acting is mediocre the young assistant ads a spark of vitality while the doctor seems so subdued it looks like he would benefit from a coffee before most scenes. The cinematography is spot on but this is probably due to the astute artistic eye of the director who is also an amazing fine artist and photographer, Chad Michael Ward was able to deliver an interesting visual story although his actual storytelling falls short. The brightly coloured sets seemed on par with the early Giallo genre although the lack of a booming soundtrack distract the viewer, as they would Focus in on What’s missing.
this is no game changer it doesn’t really add to the horror genre sci-fi genre but it does just give us one other insight into the human psyche and how we see ourselves evolving
Rating – 3/10
R: The Fly (1986),Existenz (1999), Tetsuo Body Hammer (1992) Hardware (1990)
L – New Species Flicks, Science gone terribly wrong, Amazing Hybrids