Amelia Moses has two super strong films that played film festival tours for 2020. Bleed With Me was hosted by Fantasia Film Festival and Bloodthirsty premiered at Fantastic Fest in October followed by Telluride Horror Show and then Blood In the Snow Festival 2020. See the end of the review for release dates. First and foremost, Bloodthirsty is a werewolf movie.
Both of Moses’ films star the amazing Lauen Beatty. She held a minor part in 2017’s Jigsaw but when you see her performances front and center in Bleed With Me and Bloodthirsty it’s obvious she belongs in the lead. And from the Saw franchise in number V, is Greg Bryk who plays a very nice villain within the burgeoning werewolf emergence tale.
The story follows a musician, Grey, who wakes from sleep with the remnants of dreams as a werewolf. In the opening scene for the film, Grey, (played by Beatty) is shown devouring an animal with her hands covered in blood. Her singing career is going from strength to strength, and she gets an invite from a famed music producer in a remote cabin to record. Her werewolf visions are prescribed as a symptom that requires medication. It’s obvious though, her thoughts about her canine feelings aren’t just restricted to when she sleeps.
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Quite simply, you just can’t have too many werewolf movies. Bloodthirsty spends the time to set up the theme as something that may or may not be real. It does a good job providing the uncertainty, however, it’s easy to want it to be the latter. What I loved about seeing two films directed by Moses so close together is knowing how great she is at cloaking the truth and dropping it at just the right time. Bloodthirsty includes some beautiful and perfectly fitting music. The original songs were produced in collaboration with writer Wendy Hill-Tout together with her singer-songwriter daughter Lowell.
While the film is enthusiastically atmospheric and dark, its story raises quite the allegory for an industry that often eats people alive. While it doesn’t thump you over the head with it, there is plenty of dominance and control set deep within its roots.
Cinematography is up close and personal and the effects are nicely executed. Those wanting to see a werewolf transformation won’t be left hanging. By the same token, I was slightly less enthusiastic about Bloodthirsty compared to Moses’s first feature film, Bleed With Me. It’s strong start is somewhat slowed by its gradual slide into something less original than I would guess it intended to be.
I give Bloodthirsty
3.5 werewolf movies with teeth out of 5
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The werewolf movie lands in theaters and VOD beginning April 23, 2021. Do not miss this one on the big screen. BLOODTHIRSTY is through Raven Banner Entertainment, releasing across Canada on iTunes and all major VOD platforms.
“Moses directed the movie from a script written by Wendy Hill-Tout and her daughter, songwriter Lowell. The duo wanted to collaborate on a script, Hill-Tout said, and they came up with the concept that later became the story for “Bloodthirsty.”Variety.com exclusive
- Screener supplied by Blood in the Snow Festival 2020.
- Produced by Voice Pictures.
- Directed by Amelia Moses.
- Written by: Wendy Hill-Tout | Lowell
- Stars: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk and, Katharine King So
- For more on BITS Film Festival, see this roundup from Mother of Movies.
“Do you want to be a predator, or do you want to be prey.”Quote from Bloodthirsty 2020