Blood Vessel is about horror on the high seas when a motley crew of shipwreck survivors board an abandoned Nazi warship. Torpedoed from a hospital ship near the end of World War II, this ragtag group have no food, water, or shelter and no reason not to board the drifting German minesweeper as it's their one last chance at survival. Exploring the ship it becomes all too clear something major has befallen its German crew. They find themselves in a new war with ancient evil. Who will survive?
This film is being released on 5 August 2020 . Find it on DVD at JB Hi Fi and Sanity and Video on Demand - iTunes/Google /Fetch/Foxtel Store/Umbrella Entertainment.
Put together a British nurse, an American Captain, an Australian infantryman, a US Navy cook, an English officer and a Russian foot soldier - the survivors, and what do you get? A lot of testosterone all fighting to have a say. Directed by Justin Dix it stars Nathan Phillips ([Sinclair), Alyssa Sutherland (Miss Prescott), Alex Cooke (Teplov), Mark Diaco (Bigelow), John Lloyd Fillingham (Faraday), Christopher Kirby (Jackson), Ruby Isobel Hall (Mya), and Robert Taylor (Captain Malone). A small but well-chosen tight cast, this film has been directed by Dix who has been at the forefront of the Australian horror and science fiction film industry and for many years, the founder and owner of special effects company Wicked of Oz Studios.
A cast of Aussies, Nathan Phillips started in Neighbours in 1999 and went on to many others including Wolf Creek in 2005 that catapulted him to an international audience and launched his career in the US. Alyssa Sutherland best known for her long-running role in the award-winning series Vikings, was born in Brisbane and has made appearances in films like The Devil Wears Prada and Arbitrage. Aussie actor Alex Cooke based in Melbourne makes his debut lead role in a feature film with this movie. Mark Diaco also from Melbourne moved to New York to study and returned to turn his attention to film and has written, acted and directed two acclaimed shorts.
John Llyod Fillingham hails from a theatre background in the UK with regular appearances in Coronation Street and worked extensively in television in Australia. Ruby Hall was cast as Lily Potter in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne; this being her feature film debut. Christopher Kirby a native of the US and best known as Mauser from the Matrix trilogy, he moved to Australia in the late 1990s. Robert Taylor is one of Australia's busiest actors with an illustrious career spanning international film and television. Perhaps best known for his portrayal in the title role of Walt Longmire in the record-breaking drama series Longmire.
This gothic lore set on the high seas has an impressive ensemble cast and great production design. It begins with the promise of a riveting horror film brought to life with its choking corridors, maze-like interior, nightmarish setting and great soundtrack to keep you on tenterhooks. The dead suitably makes your skin crawl, glazed by the professionalism of creature and makeup FX by Wicked of Oz. Unfortunately after such a great buildup, a beautiful colour palette, and a talented cast that work well together, it's a little disappointing when something less sophisticated and vampirish turns up, along with a predictable end.
The cast are amazing with a couple of standouts within the already great cast like Alex Cooke in his debut lead role. Delivering a powerhouse performance, this is an upcoming talent to watch with looks that are very easy on the eye. Young Ruby also in her debut feature brings a quiet and scary intensity with her big eyes and at times startlingly quick movements.
There's still a lot to love about the film and it's well worth a watch. The quiet, the eerie, the WWII-era feel, wardrobe, props, chemistry of the cast, it all comes together beautifully and it's well-executed. This almost made it to a mind-blowing level, but just missed by thaaaat-much.