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Cast: Andréa Winter, Christer Cavallius, Patrick von Barkenberg

Director: Patrick von Barkenberg

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Year: 2019

Rating: NR

Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be.

'Blood Paradise' tells the story of writer Robin Richards, a successful writer up until her last novel which bombed. Caught in the middle of writers block her publicist recommends going to the Swedish countryside for some alone time with hopes of regaining her mojo.

Right from the start you can tell things are not right. The driver who picks her up is a bit weird and he is also an obsessed fan of hers who has every book of hers and asks her to sign them all. After arriving at the farm which meets the owner of the farm who says he buried his wife in the garden and sure enough there is her tomb stone. She also meets a few other strange characters including the driver's over jealous wife and a farm hand that walks around pointing a rifle at her.

At this point I would have headed back home but Robin decides to stay since her boyfriend is coming in the next day. When he doesn't arrive, Robin begins to snoop around and finds more than she bargained for. Now she much fight to get off the farm alive.

Let me first say this is not going to be a horror film for everyone. This is more artsy as well as being a little slow moving for most mainstream horror fans. In addition I think it might be a little too sly as well. The film is slow moving and it has its moments of dark humor you are either going to get or not.

I enjoyed the film and while it started out a bit slow I thought it got better as it moved along and there is a good bit of mystery to the story as well. For example we know there is something wrong with the farm owner but we don't find out about his secrets until the final act which is where the film goes full on horror. The last act definitely ups the action and the suspense.

The film looks great and the cast did a great job playing all the strange characters. But for me the film was made better by the presence of Andréa Winter who plays Robin in the film. Andréa also co-wrote the film with Director, Patrick von Barkenberg who also stars in the film as her boyfriend. She also was the producer on the film as well. To be honest I never heard of Andréa Winter before but I hope to see a lot more of her going forward. She is a talented and beautiful actress that brings sexy to the film. She lights up the screen every time she appears.

'Blood Paradise' is a kinky, sexy, creepy and at times disturbing horror/comedy that Indie fans should enjoy. It may not be a perfect film but it brought a freshness to the genre that I think is really needed. I found the film to be quite entertaining and I look forward to seeing what Andréa Winter has coming next. The film will be released on DVD/Blu-ray & VOD July 16 so check it out.

Released by Artsploitation Films

*** 3/4 Out of *****

Blood Paradise - Trailer from artsploitation on Vimeo.