Blood Vessel (2019)

Blood Vessel (2019) – Movie Review

28th July 2020 Written by Peter Walkden

Set in the North Atlantic Ocean, the year is 1945 and World War II is close to coming to an end. German naval forces have orders to eliminate any survivors. Floating in the sea is a small group of survivors on a raft. They have hopes they will get discovered or float until they find safety. Soon they discover a large German Vessel floating straight towards them. Considering they do not have any rations left and they will more than likely freeze to death at sea, they decide to try and board the Vessel and take a risk at survival.

But soon the group are shocked and they find several mysteries on this German Vessel. One of these mysteries? Why are there so many dead Nazis? These Nazis have died by being burnt or other odd and unexplainable ways. They also find that someone on the Vessel had destroyed all the lifeboats stopping anyone from being able to leave. Overall, the ship seems to be empty with no survivors until the group find a young girl who introduces them to a mysterious room.

The film’s visual effects earn the biggest praise from me. Everything from the blood, gore and dead bodies all looked great considering the film would have had a small budget. For those who are not aware, Justin Dix (who is credited here as Producer, Writer and Director) has been previously credited with special effects and artwork in many films. Based on the visuals here, the man is clearly talented and has used his past experience.

It was also great to see Australian actor Nathan Phillips returning to the screen. I personally have been missed seeing his presence in the cinema of late. His performance here was easily the most enjoyable performance out of the crew, followed by actors Alyssa Sutherland and Alex Cooke who was also pleasing.

Another positive was the film’s use of lighting. Blood Vessel is quite a dark film, but it is very easy to watch and everything is clear to see on screen. There is also a positive element with the use of red lighting. This might seem like a minor thing, but it really stood out to me.

As a plot, Blood Vessel is a slow-burning type of horror. The first and second act is really about the characters unravelling the ship’s mysteries including what happened to the original crew. Once the major elements within the plot are revealed and the plot’s core is underway, I was shocked to discover the film only had approx. 30 minutes of runtime remaining.

Sadly, Blood Vessel does follow a few common tropes which we have seen far too many times in cinema. These include characters who enjoy bickering and arguing instead of working together, and my personal favourite- characters who enjoy walking around on their own thinking they know better or even characters who simply have themselves as their best interest. The characters themselves also feel stereotypical starting with the first on-screen death. Characters talking about the past and sharing black and white photos felt slightly forced, but again, I understand this is something common we’ve seen before to help bring character developments to life. Certain action scenes can be shown a little too quickly and key elements can be missed in a matter of seconds which will only frustrate some audiences.

Overall, Blood Vessel is best treated as if it is a grindhouse type of horror film. It is a truly neat concept with solid visual effects and lighting, plus I’ll confess that I enjoyed seeing Australian actor Nathan Phillips return to the screen too. Blood Vessel is certainly a brainless film with typical characters who fall into aspects we have seen before. For the most part, it is a slow-burning horror film, but it is still guaranteed to please many who watch it.

5.0/10

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Hope (2019)

Set one day before Christmas Eve, the film introduces Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig), who lives with her long term partner Tomas (Stellen Skarsgård). Anja and Tomas are a blended family with six children. A year ago, Anja had lung cancer which was caused by heavy smoking...

Nine Days (2020)

Set in a time and place that looks like the afterlife, Will (Winston Duke) spends his days viewing the many lives of people on Earth on a stack of old tube TVs. When one of the TVs loses signal, it's up to Will to seek someone to replace the person lost.  Will...

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

The ultimate NBA Basketball player and superstar LeBron James struggles to connect with his son, who enjoys making and creating high-quality videogames. LeBron feels his son should receive the same upbringing as he did, telling him to spend more time focusing on other...

Black Widow (2021)

Set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War, Black Widow (2021) follows Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who is currently on the run.  While she manages to find a place to stay low, she soon receives word of a situation related to her...

Son (2021)

Laura (Andi Matichak) is a single mother who works as a school teacher and lives with her one and only son, David (Luke David Blu). Life for the two of them seems well until Laura hears some strange noise coming from her son's bedroom in the middle of the night. ...

Occupation: Rainfall (2020)

Occupation: Rainfall (2020) - Movie Review 3rd July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The sequel focuses on a returning group of survivors, who are all from Sydney. Continuing on from the previous instalment of Occupation (2018), the aliens that landed on Earth two years...

Perfumes (2019)

Guillaume (Grégory Montel) is down on luck in the present day. He is currently going through a divorce and attempting to gain shared custody of his ten-year-old daughter. Guillaume requires a larger place to live as his apartment is far too small for both him and his...

Vicious Fun (2020)

Vicious Fun (2020) - Movie Review 1st July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Evan Marsh as Joel - Vicious Fun _ Photo Credit: Shudder Set in the 1980s, Joel (Even Marsh) is a film critic and magazine writer passionate about all relating to the genre of horror. But life...

Volition (2019)

Volition (2019) - Movie Review 1st July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden James (Adrian Glynn McMorrian) is gifted with a unique ability.  At any moment, James can receive a glimpse into his future before key events happen.  He is haunted by his past, which...

Little Joe (2019)

Alice (Emily Beecham) is a single mother working as a highly-skilled plant breeder in a corporation lab. Alice, along with her lab partner Chris (Ben Whishaw), is on the verge of a massive discovery that could not only change the future of plants but radically...

Slither (2006)

Slither (2006) - Movie Review 28th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The film begins with an asteroid flying straight to Earth.  After crashing into a small town, the asteroid opens to reveal an unusual amount of slime and pink goo inside.  We then get to...

Alfie (1966)

Alfie (1966) - Movie Review 26th June 2020 Written by Peter Walkden The film introduces us to Alfie (Michael Caine), a charming, smooth-talking ladies man. Alfie introduces himself by breaking the fourth wall, looking straight into the camera and talking to the...

Black Water (2007)

Black Water (2007) - Movie Review 23rd June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Black Water begins with the introduction of Lee (Maeve Dermody), her older sister Grace (Diana Glenn) and her long-term boyfriend Adam (Andy Rodoreda). The three decide to take a holiday in...

The Giant Claw (1957)

The Giant Claw (1957) - Movie Review 23th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mitch (Jeff Morrow) is a skilled pilot and an electronics engineer who likes to make his own rules. One day, while flying and conducting several routine checks, Mitch spots something in the...

Synchronic (2019)

Synchronic (2019) - Movie Review 23rd June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Set in the city of New Orleans, the film introduces us to two paramedics who are also close friends. Steve (Anthony Mackie) & Dennis (James Dornan) are well known for working consistently,...

Buckley’s Chance (2021)

Ridley (Milan Burch) is dealing with the loss of his father, who died one year ago as a hero while saving three people. His mother, Gloria (Victoria Hill), decides to leave New York and move to Western Australia, where the two can start fresh and live with Ridley's...

Cranston Academy: Monster Zone (2020)

Danny (voiced by Jamie Bell) is a smart young boy and an inventor. When judges at a school competition ignore his latest stunning and brilliant nanobot invention, Danny is naturally disappointed. Soon he is approached by Miss Evans, the principal at Cranston Academy,...

Fast & Furious 9 (2021)

Continuing from where we last saw Dom and his crew from Fast of the Furious, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), along with their son, live a quiet life far away from everything and everyone. But it is not long until Dom and Letty are visited by some old...

Then Came You (2020)

Then Came You (2020) - Movie Review 14th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Annabelle (Kathie Lee Gifford) is a widow. Sick of living alone and in the past, she decides to pack her bags and go on a trip unlike any she has taken before. She packs her husband's ashes in...

Superdeep (2020)

Superdeep (2020) - Movie Review 14th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Milena Radulovic as Anya -The Superdeep-Photo Credit:Shudder Anya (Milena Radulovic) is a scientist with a horrific past relating to the death of one of her close colleagues. One evening while...