Blood Vessel – Australia, 2019 – with reviews and trailer

Blood Vessel is a 2019 Australian horror feature film directed by Justin Dix from a screenplay co-written with Jordan Prosser. The Wicked of Oz Studios production stars Nathan Phillips, Christopher Kirby and John Lloyd Fillingham.

Plot:

Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945. A lift raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship: With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost – until an abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival…

Reviews [may contain spoilers – click links to read more]:

Blood Vessel may not rock your socks off with spectacle. But solid sound design, acting, and a tight texture of terror demonstrate the difference passionate effort makes to elevate a midrange horror movie from standard Syfy fare to a terrific thriller with a streamlined style that’s simply refreshingly entertaining.” Culture Crypt

Blood Vessel is one of those films that is full of surprises complemented by some terrific FX work that really puts you on edge as you attempt to make sense of their discovery. Combine this with the claustrophobic setting of an old ship, with its cramped cabins and corridors, one that is seemingly sailing unmanned across the Atlantic, is sure enough to put the heebie-jeebies up you.” Horror Cult Films

” …it’s confusing, badly executed and, at times, laughable. Admittedly, the last 30 minutes of Blood Vessel are more entertaining, because things start happening and the story moves forward, but even that part (heavily inspired by schlock like Van Helsing, 2004, for some reason) feels more like a TV-movie from the early 2000s.” Horror World & Reviews

“The opening vessel appearing, along with the first search of the ship, is all built up wonderfully, filling the audience with the tension and fear of the unknown. Where this gets lost is when we start to see what everything onboard is, and it takes away most of the tension, forcing us into a more action-centric horror…” Ready Steady Cut!

“Plenty of plasma is spilled, to Blood Vessel’s credit, but it still plays coy past the point we’ve all caught up […] Blood Vessel’s vampires act as you know they do. Whether budgetary or artistic, the choice to keep one foot on the brake, stopping just shy of unbridled blood-sucking chaos, leaves the last half hour dry.” Screen Fervor

“A well-directed, situational horror film with gorgeous cinematography (Sky Davies) and superb special effects (John Sanderson) is what awaits anyone daring enough to hop aboard. And while the problems with pacing meant it didn’t reach my expectations, I’m quite aware this is likely because I was expecting too much.” UK Film Review

Cast and characters:

  • Nathan Phillips … Sinclair
  • Christopher Kirby … Jackson
  • John Lloyd Fillingham … Faraday
  • Steve Young … Haas
  • Mark Diaco … Bigelow
  • Alex Cooke … Teplov
  • Troy Larkin … The Patriarch

Filming locations:

Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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