**Knock Knock** (door opens)
“I’m here for the Bliss party.” “Wait, what? It was last month?? Dammit.”
Ah yes, I’m late to another party. But not just any party……the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer! Um, I mean……the Bliss party! Ah yes – Bliss is writer/director Jeff Begos’ third feature film (his first being Almost Human, which honestly I didn’t love). But with this one – Begos gave me a gore boner, and also gave me an eye boner too (if that’s a real thing)…..because those visuals and the overall style and vibe of Bliss left me having Mandy flashbacks (in a good way). I debated throwing a clip from the movie in the post, but check the trailer out instead:
During these ‘end of days’ times we’re living in right now, Bliss was a perfect viewing – not because the subject matter matches our current quarantined conditions, but because it was a brisk and gory good time! Did I mention the music? The vampire aspect? The standout performance of Dora Madison? The gore? (the head snapback got me) And what about George Wendt? (Norm!)
Bliss clocks in around 80 minutes so it doesn’t really have any time to drag around. Once the drugs make an appearance, the vampires aren’t far behind. And from then on, sit back and enjoy the show (and possibly get a seizure from the visuals too). While the storyline sort of made me think of 2015’s The Devil’s Candy (sans vampires of course), Bliss did enough to stand out on it’s own. Being that I’ve already heard good things about Jeff Begos’ new movie VFW, I’m psyched to see not only that – but what he brings in the future as he seems to be hitting his stride. Go check out Bliss on Shudder now! They’re doing a free 30-day promo (Code = SHUTIN) for all my fellow quarantiners. Not sure quarantiners is a word, but it is now.