Bloodsucking Bastards (Blu-Ray) : Release Year - 2015
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Overall Rating : 6/10

Directed By : Brian James O'Connell

Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods)
Pedro Pascal (Narcos (Netflix) )
Joey Kerr (Cabin Fever)
Joel Murray (God Bless America)

Supplied By : Shout! Factory

Film Reviewed By : Rick L. Blalock

Date Reviewed : November. 16, 2015

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PLOT
An action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful girlfriend, Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick, Significant Mother), and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern, Beneath). Evan's world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss, Ted (Joel Murray, God Bless America), hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones). But just when Evan's convinced that life couldn't bite any harder, his office mates start going through disturbing changes… and bodies begin to pile up. Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end... to just dead.
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THE REVIEW
In the film, BLOOD SUCKING BASTARDS Evan is a happy-go-lucky guy who works at a nameless corporation that markets consumer products of the "as seen on TV" variety. On the usual, Evan is content, although he seems to be the only one that works on the job, as it seems that his co-workers(which includes his best friend, Tim), are more concerned about playing video games, and watching porn, than actually getting their work done. However, things start to look down for Evan, because his girlfriend, Amanda has recently broken up with him. And with this in mind, however, he is hoping that a possible pending job promotion to product manager, will be a step in the right direction in getting things back on track. But unfortunately, his bad luck continues, when he is surprised to find that his boss, Ted gives the position to a new hire named Max. And to make matters worse, it is revealed that he and Max, have a history, which dates back to their college days. With his rival now in his spot on the corporate ladder, and now demoted(before Max's hire, Evan was the "acting Product Manager" for the company), Evan takes his loss in stride, often staying overnight to get things done. However, it is eventually that Evan begins to realize that, upon Max's arrival, things seem to have changed. But not just in the work place, but also the people working there in general. Long story short : Both Evan, and his buddy, Tim get a sneaking suspicion, when they see a few of their co-workers die, only to come back a short time later. It's no coincidence though, as they have be come bloodsucking vampires in a plot to rule the corporate world. Fearing that they might be next on the termination list, Evan and Tim, along with Amanda, must buckle up and dispatch the vampires, all before the next work day begins.

Seeing as the synopsis for BLOOD SUCKING BASTARDS compares it to both "Office Space", and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, this was a film, that I must admit to not being to enthused about seeing. First, I never really watched much "Office Space", and when it comes to the latter comparison, while SHAUN OF THE DEAD, does have its fans - i'm not one of them. I just never got the appeal of it. So, with this in mind, although I wasn't all that into seeing it, I went into it with an open mind, hoping that it would be enjoyable, even if just in the least bit. As it turns out, it's not all that bad. Not necessarily great, but not bad,

For the first half, the film relies on a brand of comedy, in which the writing team, the comedy troupe known as "Dr. God" has nicely crafted. It's witty, and sharp, and is often used in a way to introduce us to the characters and their seemingly diverse personalities. Granted, personally, I felt that the comedy was hit and miss. It didn't always get the desired reaction, but when it is on point, it's pretty clever. The characters are all vivid, and nicely realized, especially Evan, who although, seems out of place in his workplace, for some reason, just seems to fit. And in that same train of thought, he also seems plausible as the film's sort of awkward hero in the end. But again, in going back to what I said about the comedy not always working, there is a time, where I began to tire of it, until things started to pick up, fortunately for the better. I felt that the best of this film came during its last act, when everything was out of the bag so to speak, and Evan and all who happen to remain, square off against the vampires, as they fight to get out of the office alive, To me, that is when the most fun is had. From then on out, it's action packed, and ripe with comedy, and pretty much feels like an 80's throwback. It ends messy with blood, and is somewhat fun.

Overall, again, as I said, for a film that I went into fearing that i'd get the worst with, it isn't that bad, really. I didn't find it to be as silly as SHAUN OF THE DEAD, instead it is a more high spirited take on the comedy, that isn't as obnoxious. There were characters here that I actually liked. Actor Fran Kranz is good as the film's lead, "Evan". while Joey Kern is great as his slacker, Buddy, Tim. I happen to really like Kern, who is likely mostly known for his arrogant character in CABIN FEVER. I see Kern turn up in films from time to time, and he's often funny. And here, I have to say that he's no different. Whether he is playing video games while at work during a service call, or in another instance, when he phones his mom, as he tries to convince her to purchase a product(because, after all, he needs to make sales), the whole character act is pretty funny. The rest of the cast has their moments as well, such as David Park, as "Dave", the guy in the office, who is hellbent on collecting debts. He always has an excuse as to why he needs to collect at that very second, most of them having to do with his cat named, "Puddles". "Dave" is just another character in the circus of characters that are featured here, and as I said, they all have their moments, making BLOOD SUCKING BASTARDS a somewhat enjoyable film to take in.

The film in HD, looks and sounds great, in terms of quality. When it comes to the special features, there really isn't much aside from a short behind the scenes featurette, as well as a sort gag reel(There are also a few short promotional videos, that are included here as Easter eggs).
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GORE METER
6.5/10 Multiple bloody wounds, weapons embedded in skulls, decapitations and several instances of blood spray.
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MUSICAL SCORE
5.5/10 BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS has a nice range of suspense and action scoring, as well as some themes that are more indie.
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OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS is a film that starts more in the vein of a situational comedy, and gets progressively more funny as it goes along, ending on a high note. Admittedly, it took me awhile to warm up to the comedy, but fortunately it got better, and I enjoyed it a little more. It's definitely not as bad a film as I thought it would be, but at the same time, it's not something that i'd watch all the time. But the good thing about opinions are that they differ(I have friends who enjoyed this one much more than I did). But I enjoyed it for what it is, and feel that it is worth a watch.

Special Features include :
- Gag Reel
- Behind The Scenes (Bloodsucking Bastards On Set)
- Audio Commentary With Dr. God Comedy Troupe Including Director Brian James O'Connell, Producer/Actor Justin Ware, Writer/Actor Sean Cowhig, Actor Neil W. Garguilo and Actor David F. Park

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