Blood: A Butchers Tale, embodies the harrowing story of Sam, a simple yet effective butcher. He has mastered the art of slaughter and is considered a master craftsman at the meat processing plant where he works. Sam is destined to follow the path of innate brutality, when he discovers the true reason why Darcy, the love of his life, is becoming emotionally disassociated.
Out of desperation he follows her to a destination that will change the course for history forever. Sam is voyeur to a sensual encounter, between Darcy and a charismatic Casanova, with a fetish for finger foods. As he investigates further, Sam discovers what seems to be the final generation of existing vampires. In a painful attempt to reform his bloodlust, infatuated fiancé, he experiences a long due epiphany, vampirism is a disease and he is the cure.
Sam’s universe now spirals to a series of surreal episodes as he tracks down and disposes of the few remaining vampires. Finally he tracks down and prepares to dispatch the sole remaining survivor, Lily.
In contrast, she is quite different from her blood consuming siblings, she yeans to be normal and exist in harmony with the rest of humanity. Helplessly, Sam falls in love Lily and learns to respect her desire to be human. Sam readjusts to his life, with his new found partner, and learns to live with the differences between the two races.
However Lily reveals an ulterior motive, Sam’s actions have initiated a foretold prophesy, which begins a new evolutionary resurgence of the nearly destroyed race. Sam must now decide weather he will repopulate the planet with the exact race he set out to destroy.
In this hyper-realistic nightmare world of butchers and vampires, the story unravels its narrative thread through gothic set pieces and ever shifting environments, which represent Sam’s emotional and physiological distress.
Directed by “Twisted Twins” Jen & Sylvia Soska, Xlerator Media’s American Mary (read our review) hits VOD today iTunes Link Here and will be in theaters on May 31st.
Starring Katharine Isabelle (Freddy vs. Jason, Ginger Snaps), Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”), and Tristan Risk, “American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele. Appearances are everything.”
I recently hopped on the phone with Isabelle and we talked about the challenges of portraying such a complex character as well as what it was like to be exposed to all of the freaky procedure in the film. We also talk about her appearance in the now landmark werewolf film Ginger Snaps and how its’ legacy has affected her.
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The werewolf is the most under-appreciated and misused of all of the classic horror creatures. Sure, we get all kinds of movies with werewolves in them, but more often than not those films seem more concerned with mentioning werewolves and then showing some bizarre half-assed approximation of them. Like they’re checking off a box on a list.
Obviously one of the most recent and popular misuses of the werewolf would be in the Twilight films, but dissecting those is like taking candy from a baby and I don’t want to spend too much time on it. Suffice to say – they look more like foxes, transform in the daytime, communicate via telepathy and are generally pretty lame. They’re also prone to jorts, which makes them almost like Native American Incredible Hulks who turn into dogs instead of big green guys.
But it’s not up to some teen franchise to carry the torch of one of our best monsters. That falls under the stewardship of actual horror films. So why do most of them drop the ball so badly? Incompetence certainly plays into it and is probably the biggest factor, but there’s still a lot of people with actual talent out there missing the mark. Why?
One of my theories is that too many of these movies seem overly concerned with adding a unique spin or futzing with the rules. I’m not saying there’s not room for that – any genre should be open to reinterpretation. But there are so few great “classic” werewolf movies that maybe we should concentrate on getting a few more of them under our belts. I think that needs to happen before we can expect any spin or subversion of the genre to have any real impact, because right now we’re spinning and subverting something with such a decentralized compass that it just feels random. For example, if you’re going straight into your Nazi Demon Werewolf movie without even exploring some of the inherent possibilities the creature’s metaphor, you’re doing it wrong.
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Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigette and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders’ Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves. And an enigmatic Indian hunter decides to help the girls, but one of the girls has been bitten by a werewolf. Brigitte and Ginger may have no one to turn to but themselves.
Brigitte’s on the run from Bailey Downs, and she tries to prevent what happened to her sister, Ginger, from happening to her by shooting up with monkshood. Eventually she collapses and the police that find assume the monkshood is an illegal drug, and she is sent to rehab. She is deprived of the only thing that will stop her from turning into a beast and killing everyone and everything in her way. She meets a girl who is quiet and not well-liked, and much like herself, by the name of Ghost that helps her deal with her new problem and to escape the werewolf curse.
Brigitte has escaped the confines of Bailey Downs but she’s not alone. Another werewolf is tailing her closely and her sister’s specter haunts her. An overdose of Monkshood – the poison that is keeping her transformation at bay – leads to her being incarcerated in a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts where her only friend is an eccentric young girl by the name of Ghost. Without the Monkshood her transformation is beginning to accelerate and to make matters worse, her werewolf stalker knows where she is.
Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die.