Screenwriter Ken Del Vecchio, continues to invent his infamous writer status that precipitated his other creations such as Polycarp (2007) and the highly acclaimed Scavenger Killers (2013) with a black humor style, filled vile and uneven madness spilling into a simplistic story of psychotic killings from a loyal group of sisters, assisted by writer Rachael Robbins. Meanwhile, Dylan Bank takes the helm as director, bringing this campy and yet a video nasty carryover from the 1980s, that likely finds itself on the horns of a dilemma, the moments of going too far for the modern horror fans, or satisfying the rabid hunger of long -time horror junkies.
Even though the film has no high-level thinking aspects to worry the audience, it brings many talented celebrities together for a wild, fetish delighting massacre film, filled with classy practical effects, and enormous amount of over-the-top quick quips of dialogue. This dialogue drives the scenes at an insane pace, and yet sadly falls a tad short and even a bit forced, though a bit of nitpicking, as again the film’s intention, like all movies, is to entertain, however, this slices and dices, through horror comedy reminiscent of an Alien Dead movie meeting Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. The skin fans, will enjoy most of the T&A will delightful moods of lusts, passions and adding to some classic kills with close homages to others in the horror genre. Vecchio’s story brings a documentary filmmaker investigating a strange occurrence in the town of Mansionville, and focuses on the annual disappearance of about five different men each year, and the surroundings the musings of the Van Houten sisters. A sit dinner introduces the audience to them the with ease, Rachel Robbins, Seregon O’Dassey, Melantha Blackthorne, Jamie White, and Suzi Lorraine, and the power the weird in the town, and the methods of sexual conquests and disposals. This brings thoughts of families that share the passions for killing together, such as the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and American Gothic (1988) yet this one might be the sexist and sleaziest, ever to grace the screen, though Natural Born Killers (1994) with Juliette Lewis might count if it was not that they were couple in that movie. What has these sisters so profound is that they just not kill, but also, have sexual sadistic dominating moments with their victims.
A slight downside, a continuing trending many b-movies, focuses on a big A-list star, such in this case God appears as Tony Todd, who performs in a role for a very brief amount of time. This incredible actor, who starred in the Night of the Living Dead (1990) remake and other worthwhile dramatic moves and television graces the screen for an infinitesimal moment, it is a cop-out to the fans. This trend is not new, has occurred often and involves others such as Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Eric Roberts, and sadly when the b-movie cast brings so much attention with a fabulous poster. In a prominent role reversal these women commit horrendous acts against men, and bringing an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit “Ridicule” (2001), concerning the rape of a man, and hence questioning an inferior complex and lack of manly control a struggle for some the male orientated audience for this production to carefully handled yet in a jovial mood. The acting hits the intended marks and with a gore hounds demand fully enjoyed and keeps pushing the envelope without any cares and making fans remember how the genre rode in the out-of-bounds markets for so long, before roped into a more favorable commercialism.
Bleeding Hearts, earns a well deserved release through Midnight Releasing, and adds the volume of twisted delights and shameless horror fulfilling desires, with more cheesy and campy dialogue and gallons of blood dripping lustful enjoyment. The movie, truly aims itself at the unorthodox methods of John Waters to the creative and ingenious methods of legendary Pete Jacelone with such classics as Psycho Street (2011) and hints of Fred Olen Ray added for good measure. Therefore, if one desires a trip down memory lane for a sleazy, low-rent visit many fans took the video stores, meeting other like-minded horror fans and discovering the passion of what would become of future bearers of the genre, then this nasty film is for you to enjoy.
This review was originally published in June 2015 for the now defunct Rogue Cinema site with 2,039 views.
IMDb Rating: 3.6/10
Baron’s Rating: 3.5/10