Bliss of Evil is a 2022 Australian slasher horror film about a traumatised female sound engineer and a band locked in a music studio.
Directed and co-produced by Josh Morris from a screenplay co-written with co-producer Corrie Hinschen. Also produced by Damian Hussey and Lauren Shaw.
The movie stars Sharnee Tones, Jordan Shulte, Michaela Da Costa, Corrie Hinschen, Shanay De Marco, Brendan R Burman-Bellenger, Chenaya Aston, Emily Rowbottom, Wayne Bassett, Eliza Allen and Lloyd Takiwa.
Isla (Sharnee Tones), a sound engineer, is struggling in the aftermath of a traumatic event. Meanwhile, her girlfriend, Nicole (Shanay De Marco), is avoiding her own feelings of guilt by focusing on getting her grunge band signed to a major record label.
One evening during band rehearsals, the group discover they have been locked inside a music studio with no escape. Mistrust and mayhem erupt as they search for answers and a way out, forcing Isla to face her darkest fears…
” ..this is a movie long on both style and substance. Everything seems filled with dread from the very open, as we see the studio and everything in it covered in blood […] I liked that the kills stay off-screen and that Morris made something pretty stylish for the budget and two weeks or less of shooting time. It’s definitely different than your typical by-the-numbers slasher.” B&S About Movies
“The use of noir-like flashbacks keeps upping the terror ante with each revelation. We’ve seen this kind of cross-genre pollination from Australian horror movies before, including the excellent Christmas slasher Better Watch Out. What Morris and Hinschen essentially do with their suspense slasher mash-up is enrich the masked murderer story with a dimension and impact previously unseen.” 8 out of 10, Film Threat
” …the gory kills themselves are kept largely off-screen. This is no doubt due in part to considerations of budget, which is plainly low – but these elisions have the additional effect of generating uncertainty and ambiguity. For it is unclear whether we, faced with these narrative lacunae, are witnessing a real massacre perpetrated by a deranged heavy-breathing murderer (Corrie Hinschen) possibly back from the dead, or a return of the repressed unfolding, maybe entirely, in a damaged brain. ” Projected Figures
Cast and characters:
Sharnee Tones … Isla
Jordan Schulte … Lee
Michaela Da Costa … Jamie
Corrie Hinschen … Bloodface
Shanay De Marco … Nicole
Brendan R Burman-Bellenger … Roy
Chenaya Aston … Courtney
Emily Rowbottom … Rhea
Wayne Bassett … Uncle Michael
Eliza Allen … The Mother
Lloyd Takiwa … Travis