Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Bloodthirsty’ is a slow burn with a bloody payoff

Bloodthirsty

Most of us claim that we are tired of computer-generated effects. We’re tired of fake blood spurts and CGI animals and all of it. If you’ve found yourself thinking this lately then Bloodthirsty, the new werewolf movie from Amelia Moses might be for you.

Following young pop star Grey (Lauren Beatty) whose hunger for success as she struggles to make her second album comes in parallel with a very different kind of hunger. All her life, she has been hallucinating that she is turning into an animal, that she wants to stalk and eat animals raw and bloody in the woods. These nightmares keep her up at night despite the best efforts of her doctor (Michael Ironside, in a small but fun cameo) to medicate them away.

When she heads to the remote home of reclusive music producer Vaughn (Greg Bryk) with her girlfriend Charlie (Katharine King So), that idea that these impulses are simply the product of a troubled mind is thrown sharply into doubt.

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Fantasia Review: ‘Bleed With Me’ is a slow, but sure, burn set in the Canadian wilderness

Bleed With Me

There is always an interesting dynamic between new friends. Some people take to one another immediately, but most times, new friendships take time and energy to create and strengthen. Time needs to be spent, and conversations need to be had, and trust needs to be built.

This is the place we find the three characters in Bleed With Me: in the no man’s land between just having met and having forged a real relationship. Emily (Lauren Beatty) has invited Rowan (Lee Marshall) to her family cabin to spend time with her and her boyfriend Brendan (Aris Tyros). It is at first awkward as any trip like this between tentative friends might be.

Emily and Rowan have a connection, but that connection is not yet fully defined. After their first night spent drinking, Rowan wakes up feeling the worse for wear, and with mysterious cuts on her forearm, the question becomes how will it be defined?

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