Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Bloodsucker’s Planet 2019

Bloodsuckers Planet is a 2019 sci-fi horror film written and directed by Mark Beal. It stars Cory W. Ahre, Jessica Bell, Adrienne Dobson, Joe Grisaffi and Jeremy Herrera. Responding to a distress signal on Planet Mara, the crew of the container vessel Argosy quickly discover that things aren’t as they appear – there’s something in the mud. Although this is a prequel to Beal’s 2012 bizarro-noir, Bloodsucker’s Handbook (aka Enchiridion), the two films couldn’t be further apart. They do share a loose storyline and tie together with a similar theme and a signature character, along with a few actors. However, Handbook is heavily noir influenced, whereas Planet is seriously soaked in science fiction. There was just so much to love about this film. It brought what many of the films from that era lacked. The costumes were excellent, and the makeup and gore were phenomenal. It’s super campy with amazing special effects, both practical and computer-generated, and it was a really fun story with some truly incredible performances. The best thing about it though, is the unforgettable characters, including a talking space roach, a Gynoid who’s becoming self aware, and of course Dr. Condu, played once again by Jeremy Herrera. Bloodsucker’s Planet is an instant genre classic. One of the best pure science fiction films in years. It’s hilarious, hip and scary, and the epitome of classic ‘60s sci-fi. It’s a terrifying, quirky, vampiric space voyage, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. If you get the chance, I highly recommend giving this one a watch. 

Posted by Donovan Smith

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