BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES (2016) Reviews and overview

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‘The blood is the life.’
Blood of the Tribades is a 2016 American horror film produced, written and directed by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein (Clickbait; Ten).

The Launch Over movie stars Chloé Cunha, Mary Widow, Seth Chatfield, Tymisha ‘Tush’ Harris, Kristofer Jenson, Zach Pidgeon and Sindy Katrotic.

Two thousand years after the great vampire Bathor established the village of Bathory, superstition and religious violence take over as the men and women battle for control.

When the men are afflicted with a mysterious illness, they become certain that the vampire women of Bathory are responsible for their ills, and thus, the hunt begins!

Long-forgotten lovers Élisabeth and Fantine find that, with the help of those who were banished, it is their fate to piece together the past and help preserve what little of their society remains before Bathor’s impending return and judgment…

“The lesbian vampire is not new in the realm of horror, but whereas in the past, male filmmakers did their best to make lesbianism seem both erotic as well as the outcast other, this film actually makes these vamps sympathetic and shifts gears to change the subject to male oppression versus judgment upon free-spirited feminine wiles.” Ain’t It Cool News

“Besides the immersive mythology of the piece, the impressive array of locales—many absolutely gorgeous—on display in this film is astounding; especially considering it’s a low-budget independent flick. Also as stated previously, this film seeks to evoke the atmosphere of European arthouse/horror flick hybrids of the 1970s, and it succeeds rather admirably at that.” Famous Monsters of Filmland

“A number of the performances threaten to break the film’s spell but curiously, do seem to add to the air of otherwordly surrealism that permeates. Blood of the Tribades is both a pretty and fun piece of offbeat melodrama…” Scream

“While at first glance Blood of the Tribades may appear to be little more than a meticulously reconstructed and alluringly kitschy Euro-schlock throwback, its themes are as eternal as the undead who populate it, while at the same time being worryingly – perhaps even a little terrifyingly – contemporary..” Starburst

” …everything is based on mood, atmosphere and sensuality, with copious lashings of the red stuff. Rough around the edges but containing some genuinely interesting ideas, such as vampirism as a religion and a provocative treatment of sexuality and feminism, Blood of the Tribades is a fun, cheeky and admirable low budget erotic horror.” UK Horror Scene

“Michael and Sophia have this mentality that they are daring enough to film it, people are daring enough to view it. That mentality for a film like this really adds a depth to the material. Some may view this film as a message of female empowerment and others may view it as excessive. The way they romance the scenery in their film making is intoxicating and yet very creative.” Wicked Channel

Cast and characters:
Chloé Cunha … Élisabeth
Mary Widow … Fantine
Seth Chatfield … Grando
Tymisha ‘Tush’ Harris … The Great One
Kristofer Jenson … Sava
Zach Pidgeon … Berwick
Sindy Katrotic … Giltine
Simone de Boudoir … Naga
Stabatha La Thrills … Wendigo
Lilith Beest … Nephite Theodosia
Irina Peligrad … Nephite Geraldine
Maggie Maraschino … Nephite Ruthven
Dale Stones … Jacob
Andrew C. Wiley … Esau
Savana Petruzello … Darvulia
Serena Petruzello … Erzsi
Edrie Edrie … Lilith
Wednesday Alice Edrie … Baby Aluka
Aurora Grabill … Carmilla
Melinda Green … Mircalla
Hugh Guiney … Stoker
Scott Dezrah Blinn … Acheron
Jake Vaughan … Alnwick
Warren Lynch … Bagdana
Porcelain Dalya … Akantha
Shannon Keelan … Hadria
Rachel Leah Blumenthal … Akeldama
Tracey Sturtevant … Zillah
Kevin F. Harrington … Lethe
Sean M. Kennedy … Cocytus
Sophia Cacciola … Bathsheba

Filming locations:
Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Running time:
1 hour 18 minutes

The film was initially distributed in North America on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray by Launch Over and on VHS by SRS Media. It is currently available on Amazon Instant Video

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