'Dry Blood' [Blu-ray]
(Clint Carney, Jaymie Valentine, Kelton Jones, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2019 / Epic Pictures Dread Central)
Overview: In a rural mountain town, an unstable drug addict must unravel a surreal murder mystery as he’s terrorized by malevolent ghosts, a deranged sheriff, and the frightening hallucinations from his withdrawal.
Blu-ray Verdict: Epic Pictures’ Dread Central Presents has just released the genius of System Syn’s Clint Carney and his horror-thriller creation, 'Dry Blood.'
Under his moniker, Clint has composed all original music for the film (a lot of it a combination of death metal and black metal) and can even be seen playing a starring role here (as Brian Barnes), but what stands out more to me is just how damn great all the cinematography is throughout the entire film!
Directed by Kelton Jones, who himself also plays the cop, and with a lead actor Carney (who also wrote the screenplay), 'Dry Blood' is an absolutely terrifyingly well shot and pieced together psychological horror film.
Once the build up has subsided, things start to turn dark for Barnes, a man just trying to get on with his life, and stave away from his addictions.
And whether it be the inner turmoil in his head, or the ghastly visions he "runs into," or simply the bitch in the kitchen opening his drawers and brandishing a massive knife, every single shot is peppered with enough reality that it makes you turn away in shock!
That's just how damn good this film is!
Add to that two people who also want into his world whilst he is there at a remote cabin tucked up within an even remoter mountain area, a woman named Anna (Jaymie Valentine) and the aforementioned Jones as a local cop hell bent on harassing him, and suddenly we have more to become invested in.
With the ability to bring us some brilliant death scenes and all-out-shocks (around a lot of dark corners), their use of special effects may well have been limited (due to budget constraints), but what they used, and how they used them was, to my mind, just perfect.
A shout out must also go to their make-up department as whoever created these ghastly figures was on fine form for this shoot. I mean, the horror elements where they were front and center were done so vividly, so gory and gnarly in places you just couldn't help but be, well, repulsed (and yet a little bit enthralled!)
With a tag line such as 'What Dies In The Cabin, Stays In The Cabin,' you sure think you know what you're in for, and for how it will end, but trust me when I say you don't know the half of what to expect!
Clint Carney, who, as mentioned, wrote, starred, and composed the score, says, "It’s been a long and exciting journey to go from writing the script almost four years ago, to now releasing 'Dry Blood' to the world."
"We are beyond excited to work with Dread Presents. They already have number of great films in their catalog and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of their roster, and to be welcomed into the Dread family."
“Clint and I set out to make our favorite horror movie," remarks Kelton Jones, the film's director. "We wanted to make a film that was true to the genre and lived up to the potential of what a great horror film could be. We knew this would be an ambitious task."
"We hold such a great love for the genre and the masters of cinema who had shaped our childhoods. We felt the best way to honor them was to pour our hearts and souls into making 'Dry Blood'."
"We knew our toughest audience would be ourselves and we strived to make a film that we were truly proud of. I feel very grateful to have been able to be a part of such an amazing project, made with love, by people I love."
"I am beyond thrilled to be releasing this film with Dread Presents. We set out to make our favorite film; my hope is that it becomes your favorite film as well.”
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Audio Commentary with Writer and Director
Remember Not To Kill: The Making of Dry Blood
Collectible Reverse Cover Art
'Dry Blood' from Epic Pictures Releasing is now available nationwide to stream and on DVD and Blu Ray.
Amazon Blu-ray Purchase Link
Official 'Dry Blood' Trailer