- X 2019
The Bloody Indulgent
Hilary Glaholt, Kenneth Hughes, Nicholas Miscusi, Wen Wen Hsu (executive), Ken Roht (executive) for Trees of Shade
directed by Ken Roht
starring Kevin Scott Richardson, Diva Zappa, Brian Gaskill, Brandon Heitkamp, Dylan Kenin, Clay Wilcox, Max Faugno, Sharon Ferguson, Lori Scarlett, Laura Martin, Jabez Zuniga, Tracey Leigh, Sam Given, Henry McMillan, Lucy Griffin, Marvin 'Josh' Solomon, Kenneth Hughes, Shannon Hart Cleary, Lake Sharp, Sharyn-Genel Gabriel, Danièle Watts, Denna Thomsen, Julie Bolene, Suzie Q, May-Har Li, Catherine Alfonso, Ryan Alan Jones, Austin Westbay, Amber Mercomes, Lauren Gilroy, Michael Teoli, Alexandra Kennedy
written by Ken Roht, songs by Paul Goldowitz, Ken Roht, special effects makeup by Melissa Gates, visual effects by Erik Tillmans
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Vampire Burt (Kevin Scott Richardson) vampirizes his best friend Todd
(Brandon Heitkamp) ... who totally feels out of league with his new
condition, and before you know it he has vampirized his girlfriend Connie
(Diva Zappa), who really relishes in being a vampire though, so much so
that vampire hunters track down and kill her about two hours later. But
she's later brought back to life (or should that be "un-life"
actually) as a zombie ...
Burt though is not happy to just turn his best
friend, so he creates a bloodbath at a strip club killing the place's
beloved magician and MC (Brian Gaskill) - which doesn't sit well with the
strippers, who soon form a vampire killer gang ...
Having created havoc
at the club, Burt takes Todd to pay a visit to Claire (Sharon Ferguson),
who might not be a vampire and will never become one, but he likes her
attitude anyways. For one, she's a photographer who as a rule shoots her
models dead during a shoot (so a little bit like meals on wheels), and who
has a simply unbelievable stash of drugs - which Burt enjoys to sniff from
Claire's blood-covered models. Todd meanwhile finds true love in Claire's
assistant June (Lucy Griffin), Claire's assistant who's also not a vampire
and a bit of a nerdy girl - but she and Todd become soulmates (and
fuckbuddies) before long. But eventually the vampire-killing strippers
arrive at the place, and Claire and her partner (Lori Scarlett) aren't
happy about Todd's night of decadence anymore either, and thus things come
to a head that might not leave anyone alive ...
I guess I
actually have to mention here that The Bloody Indulgent is a
musical, and it does its best to follow the example of The Rocky Horror
Picture Show and camp things up in the best possible way - but alas it
falls a tad short: The music, one has to admit, is not quite as fetching,
nor are the lyrics even half as funny, and while Kevin Scott Richardson
actually shows quite some singing talent (surprisingly so, he's one of the
Backstreet Boys, and let's face it, they're rubbish), others but
especially Brandon Heitkamp just fall short of their vocal requirements.
Plus the script surely could have done with a rewrite or two as the
structure doesn't feel quite in place yet, some of the best gags seem
ill-placed, some of the situation comedy far-fetched.
That said, The
Bloody Indulgent is by no means a trainwreck, it should serve as a
near-perfect party movie, it's loud, mean, politically incorrect, sexy
(though there's very little in actual nudity), gory, and it moves at a
steady pace, so with a few beers one shouldn't have a problem to enjoy
By the way, Diva Zappa is in fact Frank's daughter.
Something tells me he would have approved of the movie's theme at least.
Unfortunately, Diva's character is rather underused in this one ...