Bliss – USA, 2019

Bliss is a 2019 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Joe Begos (The Mind’s Eye; Almost Human). The movie stars Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield.


Los Angeles: Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut.

Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars.

After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself.

On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust…

Bliss will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April. A Dark Sky Films press release asserts that Bliss “roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison.

Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, Bliss harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm.”


“Begos has two effective weapons in his filmmaking arsenal that can be counted on in his work, which definitely applies here; his vision for practical effect driven gore and Josh Ethier’s talent for film editing. Dezzy’s vampiric transformation begins as a drug-addled psychotronic miasma that builds into one blood-soaked third act, giving ample room for both the viscera and editing to soar.” Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

” …a perfect showcase for Begos as a filmmaker who continues to prove that he always has new ways to approach familiar elements in horror. An ambitious and grim hallucinatory trip into the hellscape that is the creative process, Bliss makes for a memorable addition to the ever-growing pantheon of blood-sucking cinematic fare…” Heather Wixson, Daily Dead

“This film is for fans of blood, gore, breasts and sticking it to uppity art world snobs and drug dealers, and can be enjoyable on that level. But there’s not much else there. It’s murky, red-streaked, and ultimately never seems to go anywhere. Kinda makes me want to get high, though.” Scix Maddix, Horror Buzz

Bliss is a lot like The Mind’s Eye in which it feels like our time with these characters is a part of something much larger. We’re simply gaining a peek into this world for an hour and change. The story, while simplistic, is masterfully executed.” Luke Rodriguez, Modern Horrors

Cast and characters:

  • Dora Madison … Dezzy
  • Tru Collins … Courtney
  • Rhys Wakefield … Ronnie
  • Jeremy Gardner … Clive
  • Graham Skipper … Hadrian
  • Chris McKenna … David
  • Rachel Avery … Nikki St. Jean
  • Mark Beltzman Mark Beltzman … Lance
  • George Wendt … Pops
  • Abraham Benrubi … Abe
  • Jesse Merlin … Dante
  • Matt Mercer … The Bloody Man
  • Josh Ethier … Bobby
  • Jackson Birnbaum
  • Susan Slaughter


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