THE LATE SHOW

Blood Beat

Directed by
Fabrice A. Zaphiratos

Our neverending hunt for holiday horror oddities has reached its apex with this film about a rural midwestern family visited by a wholly unexpected Christmas guest.

“This is no ordinary stalk n’ slash. This pretty much takes the most basic setup (family in a secluded cabin coming under attack by an evil force) and delivers it in the most obtuse way. Why is there a supernatural samurai in Wisconsin on Christmas? We may never know. But, we can can be thankful that oddities like this are still being rediscovered and preserved. For connoisseurs of 80s cheese, you can’t get any better than this Wisconsin cheddar.” – Bloody Disgusting

A supernatural slasher film like no other, Fabrice Zaphiratos’ French-US co-production applies an arthouse aesthetic to its American regional cinema stylings, resulting in a dreamy and haunting atmosphere to compliment the bloodletting and outrageous twists. (Presented in Vinegar Syndrome’s loving 2k restoration.)

USA
1983
85
minutes
• Rated
R

Starring
Helen Benton, Terry Brown, Dana Day