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Strange Blood (2015/XLrator DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C- Film: D

Fear the Cure.

Chad Michael Ward's feature debut Strange Blood (2015) is your typical 'Mad Scientist' story that is decently produced but at times horribly acted. The plot is pretty simple: when a brilliant but obsessive scientist (played by newcomer Robert Brettenaugh) goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all diseases by creating a breathing fleshy organism that is hooked up to an odd machine in his lab.

Aided by his pretty Assistant (Alexandra Bard), the Scientist finds himself attacked by the organism that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time is running out, and he must find a way to stop the monster that is growing within and prevent the rest of the world from falling victim to disease.

The film stars Robert Brettenaugh and Alexandra Bard as the two leads, both of which feel like they are acting more in a play than a film for most of the time. Bard starts as not taking the experiment too seriously and begins to primarily videotape the sessions, which the filmmakers use as a plot device to push the story through the first act. Her performance feels a little jumbled, sometimes she is goofy and othertimes more serious. Brettenaugh is a fairly new actor and does a decent job at his role, however I can't help but feel that the role would have been more beneficial with an older actor.

The film is presented in standard definition DVD with a 1.78 X 1 widescreen anamorphic aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Nothing too astounding, though fine for an independent film of this caliber.

Nothing fancy in the way of the extras. Long story short, if you enjoy indie mad scientists flicks that are highly influenced by Cronenberg then you might want to give this one a go. If not, it's your run of the mill horror flick.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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