#GrimmFest 2015: BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS Film Review


When work literally sucks…

GrimmFest 2015 played host to the regional premiere of Brian James O’Connell’s savagely funny splatter-satire BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS last night.

Described as a mix between THE OFFICE and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS tells the story of a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at whose new manager has a fairly extreme solution to increasing productivity.

Franz Kranz stars as Evan Sanders, acting Sales Manager at a soul-killing call centre who thinks he’s going to be given the job permanently…or is he?  Alas, things don’t seem to be going his way when Evan gets dumped by his girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) who also works for the company as HR manager and his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal) takes the coveted Sales Manager position. After Max gets his teeth into his new role (pun intended) Evans co-workers start behaving strangely, start to look a little pale and the office lights get dimmer.

Horror mixes with hilarity as our hero Evan, together with his slacker friend Tim (Joey Kern) try to battle the bloodsucking vampires who are making their sales figures look bad.  Will Evan and Tim be able to convince their boss Ted (Joel Murray) that the office is being taken over by bloodsucking creatures of the night? Will Evan also win back the fair Amanda? Will Tim avoid being turned into a vampire by winning a round of rock, paper scissors?

Written by Ryan Mitts and Los Angeles comedy group Dr. God, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS is an action-packed comedy horror that is laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish. Despite its low budget, director Brian James O’Connell has done a fantastic job of putting together an entertaining and humorous horror feature. There are plenty of gags and an interesting plot to keep you engaged throughout. Add blood, dismemberment and vampires into the mix and you’re onto a winner.

There are some decent cast performances from Franz Kranz as Evan Sanders and Joey Kern as his slacker friend Tim. The script is hilarious and well written with the actors delivering the sarcastic dialogue in a humorous dead-pan way. The film isn’t quite on the same level as DEAD ALIVE or SHAUN OF THE DEAD but you can certainly see the influences. My only criticism is that the film lacks a decent music score but this is a minor issue and should not spoilt your overall enjoyment of the film.

If you’re a fan of gory vampire films with plenty of humour then BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS is certainly worth a watch. An entertaining horror flick from Brian James O’Connell.

4.5 out of 5 stars

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS made its regional premiere at GrimmFest 2015 on Thursday 1st October.

Bloodsucking Bastards Official Trailer #1 (2015) HD