Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Night at the Movies: Blood Moon

One of the coolest things Shawn and I have experienced doing this show and blog is getting access to movies before they come out. For review purposes, obviously. It's kinda exciting seeing a movie "first." We've had this privilege a lot, and it never gets old. Thank you, movie gods.

I was ├╝ber pumped when a screener for Blood Moon, which I wrote about right here, hit the basementreviews inbox the other day, and figured the cowboys versus werewolves flick was a perfect entry for my Sunday Night at the Movies series.

How will I review a movie when Shawn and I aren't in the movie reviewing business anymore? Stick with me!

If you've listened to our latest cast, you know Shawn and I shit pretty hard on the film critic community, Interweb based and mainstream alike. One thing we preached, and preached hard, is that critics don't take a movie for what it is. Blood Moon is a movie that needs -- nay, demands -- to be watched on its own terms, and enjoyed on that front.

Is this a perfect movie? No. Does it have it's flaws? Yarp. Do you get cowboys throwing down with a werewolf? You sure do! And is that enough? Fuck yes!

For one, This flick looks and feels like a Western/horror hybrid. The filmmakers paid a lot of attention to detail to make this flick look like an authentic Western. Right down to the mud and lingo. But it also looks and feels like a horror flick. Lighting, framing, and all that other pretentious bullshit.

Most importantly, we get some solid, old-school gore effects, and a practical werewolf right out of the 80s. Yah, it's a man in suite. And it's bad ass. 'Nuff said. Throw in a couple of hot chicks played by Amber Jean Rowan and Anna Skellern, and you've got yourself a party.

And I'd be remiss not to mention Calhoun, played by the great Shaun Dooley. This is a Western hero who demands his own series of films He's equal parts Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood, and a little Man With No Name. I wanted to know more about him, and see his further adventures.

Although slow at times, I got exactly what I wanted out of Blood Moon. Cowboys battled a werewolf, and I had a great time watching the end result. This deserve to be a cult classic, and enjoyed as such. So far I am two for two on the Sunday Night at the Movies front. Looking forward to next weekend already.

Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital Sept. 1.

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