Fake Blood - BITS17 Review
Fake Blood follows indie filmmaker Rob Grant, and his best friend and actor Mike Kovac, Who have spent years making indie horror films together. They had managed to have quite a bit of success on the festival circuit on two of their shorts. First one being a zombie film called ‘Yesterday’ and the second is a Short called ‘Mon Ami’. After the success of ’Mon Ami’ Rob, received a very interesting ‘Fan’ video of someone explaining and demonstrating an easier and more realistic way to discard of bodies. This inspires the two filmmakers to dive deeper and see if violence in media is an influence on real life actions.
Starting with full personal disclosure here, I’m not a huge fan of documentaries. I almost handed ‘Fake Blood’ to another one of the writers here just because I didn’t want to give an unfair review. I will say, deciding to watch, Fake Blood is probably one of the best decisions I have made while writing for this site. I was never completely able to tell if this was a Documentary or Mockumentary. It’s able to blur the line between what is real and what is not incredibly well to the point where it almost presents itself more as a Thriller then anything.
The two go to extreme lengths to track down the answer to the long asked question about violence in the media. In doing so, they hear about a man named John, Who had worked as an advisor on a gangster film. John went on to explain to the producer of this film that the dead bodies on the set didn’t look like the real. Determined to speak with this man Rob, manages to get his contact information. The two soon learn that the decision to interview John, could have put their real lives at risk.
What sticks out most is that even though this is a documentary, You are able to see the fear and danger that came with making this film. It shows how invested these filmmakers are into the projects they create and that alone made this a great watch. What makes it even better is the mystery, tension and thrills that’s created. As a viewer I don’t think a movie has had me that far on the edge of my seat in a long time. In between the bit’s of tension Fake Blood remembers to stay light hearted from time to time and does so in a way that makes you care about the duo even more.
While watching I almost started to believe that these people were just characters in another movie. It’s easy to do. Fake Blood is cut together in a way that makes you think about if what you are seeing is true or false. It adds to the originality and was very effective.
Fake Blood, is just one big mind fuck that will make you ask yourself is what you’re watching is real? Fake Blood is literally perfect! This could officially be my new favorite Documentary.