"Bloodletting (1997)" DVD Review

Synopsis: Serena Stalin wanted to learn from the best. So she tracked down Butch Harlow, one of the world's most notorious serial killers, and blackmailed him into teaching her the fine art of murder. Now, as the lessons begin, as the teacher and his bloodthirsty student leave a trail of horribly mutilated victims in their wake, they are about to uncover the horrible secrets that bind them together, the unspeakable passion that forces them to kill, over and over again...

Amongst all the horror films that were being shot on video and released like crazy in the 80's leading into the 90's there are very few that actually stick out and really pull off a great movie. I can definitely say that this is one of those that truly does standout from the rest, and I am talking about the acting to the well written script and overall story. This is my first viewing of this movie and I have to say it has became one of my favorite low budget independent horror films. The movie also has some pretty good practical special effects and kill scenes, the only kill that didn't impress me was the one were this girl is beating a guy in the head with a dumbbell and when she keeps hitting him there seems to be no new blood on the dumbbell but other than that they did an excellent job. Also I really enjoyed the characters and how the movie progressed with some really good twists and turns that will keep you into the movie. There is some very dark humor in here that really goes good with the movie without making it corny. Overall I have to say that this is truly what good independent films are made of and alot more should take lead from. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who is into low budget horror that truly delivers!

-Daniel Damnation

Directed By: MATTHEW JASON WALSH Released By: Tempe Video Year: 1997 (DVD Release 2003) Genre: Thriller/Horror Website: www.tempevideo.com Time Length: 89 mins.