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Popcorn Frights Film Festival 23' "Bloody Bridget" - movie review

Director Richard Elfman brings us a cinematic experience that is as eccentric as it is entertaining in "Bloody Bridget." This film is a wild rollercoaster of a rock 'n roll horror show, showcasing the talents of a burlesque dancer who just happens to be the reincarnation of a vampire queen. While "Bloody Bridget" may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's undeniably unique and unapologetically itself.

Anastasia Elfman takes the lead as Bridget, a struggling burlesque dancer tries to make her mark in a seedy bar. Her performance in this role is captivating, and her background in theater and dance shines through. It's evident that this role was tailor-made for her styling, especially considering the film's eccentricity.

The film's strongest attributes lie in its unapologetic embrace of its genre. If you're looking for boobs, great butts, and gore, "Bloody Bridget" delivers on all fronts. It doesn't hold back when it comes to blood splatter and the more macabre elements of horror. The film revels in its practical arts effects, making it a true spectacle for those who appreciate the craftsmanship behind the scenes.

One of the most delightful aspects of "Bloody Bridget" is that it doesn't overcomplicate things. It knows what it is—a horror-inspired musical romp—and it sticks to that concept with unwavering commitment. The Elfman brothers, Richard and Danny, share a knack for whimsical storytelling, and while Richard might not reach the heights of his brother's fame, you can clearly see the family influence at play here.

The pacing of "Bloody Bridget" is frenetic and exhilarating. It's evident that the filmmakers had a blast creating this movie, and that sense of fun is infectious. The characters on screen radiate the joy that must have permeated the set during production. This film is a testament to the idea that the art of pure entertainment is often lost in today's cinema landscape.

However, it's important to note that "Bloody Bridget" won't be everyone's cup of tea. Its niche appeal may leave some viewers feeling like it's a waste of their time. If you're not on board with its audacious style from the get-go, you might find yourself struggling to connect with the narrative.

In conclusion, "Bloody Bridget" is a fun, over-the-top horror musical that manages to strike a chord with those who appreciate its quirky charm. It's a wild ride that doesn't take itself too seriously and revels in its unique style. While it might not be a cinematic masterpiece, it's an enjoyable romp through a world where vampires, burlesque, and rock 'n roll collide. We give it a 3/5 for being a genuinely entertaining experience that dares to be different.


BLOODY BRIDGET is directed by Richard Elfman and stars Anastasia Elfman, Marcos Mateo Ochoa and Jean Charles.

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