Marriage is scary, everybody knows that. And as if there isn’t enough on our plates when dealing with our nuptials, some feel the need to turn marriage into one of those hot button issues. After all, while marriage is a magical time in our lives it’s also a very controversial issue that our society needs to address. Writer/Director Thom Newell throws his horrifying two cents into the marriage debate with his hilarious short film, “In Defense of Traditional Marriage.”
Ahhh, true love. This is a horror film that works on a variety of levels. First of all, great hook. For a moment I questioned if I was even watching a horror, then blammo, it’s on. Thom Newell’s over-the-top satire works because while I don’t necessarily know what the piece is trying to say about traditional marriage as we know it, I do know that it’s damn gory and hella funny, so we’ll all just agree to get along on this issue for now.
Excellent use of gore as well with a terrific design as well, this is definitely one of the most beautiful brides I’ve seen in quite some time. And lastly, the cast does a terrific job. Some genuinely funny moments that made me laugh out loud throughout.
Kate Murdoch and Brad Coffey fight for their lives in “Bloody Wedding”
Who doesn’t like a good wedding? There’s the dinner, the free booze, delicious cake and memories that will last a lifetime. But in the case of “Bloody Wedding,” the new over-the-top slasher flick from Sharkey Films, that lifetime may be a lot shorter than you might expect…
The set up is simple. Cindy (Kate Murdoch) is about to marryPierce (Ryan Sulak), the handsome man of her dreams. She goes through the typical problems that all brides face – getting the flowers ready, an occasionally grumpy fiancé, bitchy, nasty relatives and unwanted wedding guests. Yet, all of those things seem trivial when the wedding party begins to get horrifically murdered. The suspects are everywhere with a slew of potential motives, and as the body count rises, Cindy realizes that nobody can be trusted…not even the ones she loves dearest.
“Bloody Wedding” lives up to its name – there is a wedding, and it is bloody. But that’s not the only reason that it’s a terrific success. The art of creating an enjoyable low budget horror film can be tricky, but “Bloody Wedding” kills it (pun intended). This movie has everything horror enthusiasts could hope for – loads of blood, genuine laughs and, of course, plenty of beautiful women (and men) being killed in some brilliant ways. While we don’t want to give away too much, one thing must be said: “Bloody Wedding” has one of the most terrific sex-to-kill scenes since the original “Friday the 13th.” Note from this reviewer: LOOK UNDER THE BED BEFORE YOU HAVE SEX.
Tawny Amber Young finds herself in a rough spot.
Now, “Bloody Wedding” isn’t necessarily the scariest horror film ever made and that’s just fine. It does utilize a number of slasher clichés, but they are easily forgivable due to the tongue-and-cheek nature of this movie. It knows exactly what it is and doesn’t have to apologize for it. “Bloody Wedding” is the sickest, sexiest and goriest wedding you’ll ever attend. Just one look at the remarkably attractive wedding party, and you’ll send in your RSVP faster than you can say, “I do.”
But while the actors are undoubtedly good-looking, don’t write them off as your typical “all beauty, no brains” horror cast. Each character is developed and interesting, and there really aren’t any sore thumb performances whatsoever.
Most notably, Jordan Bates as the hilarious and crude best-buddy Jim Swim is the glue that holds this cast together. His ridiculous (and often improvised) one-liners are seriously hysterical and over-the-top. “I’d go to war for those rocket tits!” was our personal favorite. Mike Pfaff plays Jackson, the groom’s brother, in a genuine and believable way, and the chemistry he shares with Ryan Sulak certainly has an insidious nature at times. Bombshells Pason and Tawney Amber Young are terrific bitches and it’s truly a pleasure to root against them. Lastly, Kate Murdoch and Brad Coffey (the brother of the bride) are the heart of this story, and they do an amazing job getting you invested in these characters and showing their humanity in an otherwise inhumane setting. Along with a stellar supporting cast, these performers clearly had their hearts in this project and made it a most memorable experience – we wouldn’t be surprised to see any one of these actors blow up in a major way given the right opportunity. After all, don’t all the greats start in horror?
Writer/producers Patty Sharkey and Mike Merickel and director Robert Hoover have a lot to be proud of with this piece. They set out to make an enjoyable horror film and they did just that. While “Bloody Wedding” may not get a massive theatrical release, it certainly has the potential to be a cult favorite in no time at all. Do yourself a favor and send your RSVP to “Bloody Wedding.” This is one wedding that people are dying to attend, so don’t miss it!