Verdict: 2.5 / 5
One of the most successful types of horror media; one of the things that speaks to us most deeply is that of the psychological horror. Where there aren’t any monsters, any evil forces, only our own crazed minds. And that, in its own way, is far, far harder to escape. And all the more horrifying for it.
Our film begins with Greg and Rob, two ordinary, all-American youths, happy and carefree as can be. Obviously this will not do. We shall expect something to ruin their lives shortly. This comes in the form of them applying for a medical experiment to earn a bit of extra cash. The experiment however, takes place in a remote, creepy hospital. Over time, the experiments get more and more bizarre, and it becomes clear that the drug is causing much more harm than anyone first imagined.
Such a plot is very successful, because it creates for us a place where we are uncertain about anything, heightening our unease. Are all of the events in one person’s mind? Is there someone else actually doing these horrible things, and we are witnessing them as truth? These are questions that can make a horror movie if handled correctly, and Bloodwork handles them capably the majority of the time.
Bloodwork has some genuinely scary moments, and will effect the majority of us to some extent, depending on how jaded we may already be. The acting is perfectly capable, with the scared people being scared and the crazy people being crazy. If you’re looking for a horror movie beyond a simple monster, or if you’re looking for something more off the beaten track, than Bloodwork won’t disappoint, and may especially fun to watch with a group of friends. The success of this movie is highly personal, and depends on how deeply you can engage yourself with it, making a review hard to use to persuade you. At the least, this is worth a rental.