BAD BLOOD: THE MOVIE (2016) Reviews and overview



Bad Blood: The Movie is a 2016 American horror film co-produced, written and directed by Tim Reis for Black Rider Productions. Reis’ previous work includes directing the short Goat Witch and producing The Demon’s Rook (2013).

The film premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival in March, 2016 and was shown in London at the Horror Channel FrightFest in August 2016

Main cast:

Kevin Galbraith, David Alexander, Grayson Kilpatrick, Michael Gladden, Mickie Banyas, Mary Malloy, and Tomi Lavinder.



Parents suspect drugs are behind their missing daughter (played by Mary Malloy) and hire a private investigator (Troy Halverson) to get her back. The reality, however, is much worse: a horrific amphibian attack has infected the girl with a mutagenic disease. As the P.I. begins to connect her disappearance to unethical scientists and a secret laboratory, the disease takes it’s course, transforming her into a hideous monster and murderer…


“The film’s concise enough to get away with it, though a few calmer moments might have been welcome – surprisingly little is made of the monster’s amphibious nature or any connection it might have with nature, the swamp and the moon. There’s a terrific giant frog monster in the laboratory, though – and a few brief creature glimpses (a webbed, clawed hand dropping into frame) are scarier than the full-on footage of rampaging, transformed Victoria (Josh Adam Gould).” Kim Newman


” … a film that is in love with the Eighties – and more particularly with the outrageous Reagan-era body horror of Frank Henenlotter. Somewhere in there is an allegory of Victoria’s metamorphosis into independent womanhood, or of the ethical dilemmas faced by medical pioneers, or of the domestic mayhem engendered by non-legalised drugs – but it is probably best to ignore the subtext, and to embrace the silliness.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

“There is a lot of excessive pseudo-sciencey talk, a giant bull frog, and an escaped felon subplot that provided misdirection. The latter could have been more interesting if it turned out this was actually homicidal maniac P.I. Paul. There were a lot of missed opportunities here. Still, for all its faults, Bad Blood: The Movie is an entertaining creature feature that has enough in it to justify a watch for any true fans of the monster movie subgenre.” Josef Luciano, Fangoria


“Gleefully wearing its Frank Henenlotter influence like a dripping slimy crown, this is terrific splattery fun – well directed, with amusing performances and some great non-CGI effects. Full marks for Bad Blood.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

” … a film that is more about creature effects and gore than a well developed story. Indeed, there are some scenes, such as Victoria’s transformation and the various gory kills that are top notch. However, the rest of the film has a very B-movie plot, which is filled with bad acting and characters that are just there to be killed.” Sean Kelly on Movies

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