Since I started writing about horror, I've been subjected to some awful dreck posing as the next great indie horror film. I've also learned to be a bit more generous with my reviewing, I know how much money, time, and heart goes into making an indie film. However, that has never stopped me from calling a pile of sh*t a pile of sh*t, or speaking my mind about a film.
Thankfully, I can be honest about Blood Widow without feeling like a complete *ssh*le.
The story: Laurie and Hugh are a young couple who have just bought a house located predictably far away from the city (no cell service obviously). Unbeknownst to them, the neighboring property contains the condemned remains of a private boarding school that was closed after an unspeakable massacre (it's only mentioned once). A survivor of that massacre remains in the ruins of the school, hiding from the world and wanting only to be left alone. When Laurie and Hugh's friends explore the property, they have no idea that they have disturbed an emotionally-broken killing machine who will takes out her anger on the unwanted intruders in an epic fashion.
After a good amount of time is spent on setting up just how disposable (and annoying) our main characters are, the mysterious Blood Widow becomes the focus of the film, and she's BEAUTIFUL - even her look is a gorgeous homage to Edward Scissorhands, and (probably unintentionally) Karl Ruprecht Kroenen from Hellboy. Now, maybe it's just me and my thing for doll-faced killers, but in creating a new horror icon, I think that Blood Widow has started on a strong path.
The backstory of Blood Widow screams for an origin film - a traumatized childhood; a mysterious murder spree; some heavy hints about sexual abuse and a mysterious boarding school with some dark secrets. The Blood Widow crew is determined to create the next great slasher icon, and I for one am rooting for it. I've been told by the writer of the film, that a script is in progress for a second film, which sounds like it WILL be an origin story.
While Blood Widow's kill sequences and methods are well planned out with some nice references to classic horror icons like Hellraiser and Friday the 13th, the frame story characters (because they're really just the bread for the Blood Widow's backstory sandwich) are bland, hastily sketched out, and downright unlikeable. I found myself rooting for their deaths early on, which doesn't happen very often.
This Slasher Honey's Rating: 3.5 beautifully creepy doll faces out of 5 for this first attempt indie feature.
Blood Widow is now available on DVD from Midnight Releasing. It will be available through VOD June 17th, and will be coming to Redbox June 24th. You can also Pre-Order on iTunes June 10th.