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Credits
  • Director: Patrick von Barkenberg
  • Producer: Andréa Winter
  • Screenwriters: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg
  • Cast: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg, Christer Cavallius, Rolf Brunnström, Ingrid Hedström, Martina Novak, Lars Brunnström
  • Cinematography: Thomas Rist
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART67
  • UPC: 851597006773
  • Country: Sweden
  • Language: English
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 84
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Bonus material: "Delete Scenes: Blood Sex Dream (2’); Fly (1’ 30”); Latex Dreams (2’ 30”); Tractor and Sheep (2’ 30”) Music Videos: Dreamer by Baby Yoga (4’ 30”); You and Me by Baby Yoga (4’)"
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Unpredictable and at times drenched in sly humor, this thriller is Patrick von Barkenberg’s film debut. Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters, including her driver and most obsessive fan, his explosively jealous wife, and the progressively more unhinged man who owns the farm. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous these oddballs may be. Think “Green Acres” as directed by Jordan Peele.
Reviews

“Beware vacations to rural Sweden! That’s the message of this lively horror comedy…boasts a unique setting, interesting characters and plenty of bizarre surprises.” – Amy Longsdorf, USA TODAY NETWORK 

“A mind-bending horror movie that joins Midsommar as another film trying to sell you on the horrors of Sweden….well-executed and the overall narrative does a great job with maintaining tension….a deftly gratifying experience with Blood Paradise. It has everything one could hope for in a deliciously strange feature: a talented, diverse cast, a solid script, stellar camerawork and sound, witty irony, dark humor, bizarre juxtapositions, the list goes on. I can’t recommend this one enough, especially to those of you who appreciate distinctively artistic visions, much like that of the Coen Brothers or Tarantino. Basically, anyone with a strong sense of the absurd will find much to enjoy here. Von Barkenberg’s style is a refreshing breath of fresh air. He and Winter have brought some exciting new ideas to the table and I can’t wait to see what their brilliant minds dream up next! – Crypt-Teaze

“[A] sharp, ironic and murderous good time…It’s not so simple to summarize an idiosyncratic experience like Blood Paradise in words on a page, but potential viewers should understand that this is a slow burn that contains elements of Slasher Horror, ironic comedy, several mysteries, and one truly phenomenal lead actress. In fact, this bespelling, multi-talented woman is the Swedish Electropop musician Baby Yaga, who also co-wrote the screenplay, composed the beautifully haunting score, and produced the film. Winter’s shines in the role, enchanting the audience as she moves through the landscape with a cat-like grace no matter how dire the circumstances. Blood Paradise is an artfully-crafted film that transcends language barriers to provide a pleasurable viewing experience. And that ending sequence with the flock of sheep? A brilliant work of art to cap it all off! [Blood Paradise] crafts a tale full of ironically witty moments and sharp juxtapositions, an enchanting lead actress and a motley cast of personalities. A brilliant debut for the team of von Barkenberg and Winter, Cryptic Rock cannot wait to see what they will dream up next! For this, we give Blood Paradise 4.5 of 5 stars. – CrypticRock

Blood Paradise spills onto the screen as a sexy suspense-thriller with pinpoint-peppered dry comedy…the comedy is dialed down to a low-lying hum honing in frequently on the sexualized suspense that’s audience attractive and runs parallel with Robin Richards profession as a crime novelist who pens tales involving gimp-cladded deviants, and the story simmers to a boil, reducing down story intricacies into an unraveled macabre of things once dead are now very much alive in transcendence, just like a good crime narrative should unfold….Gripping with toe-curling tension,  Patrick von Barkenberg’s Blood Paradise captivates…while still maintaining a healthy dose of sex appeal and blood.” – ItsBlogginEvil

“Bottom line is, Blood Paradise ended up being a good watch but it did have a few flaws, with the biggest one being the movie felt rushed in the end, like they were trying to get things wrapped up. The other flaw is I felt like there weren’t enough victims in Blood Paradise and I’ll just leave it at that. Since the name of the movie is Blood Paradise you’d expect to see lots of blood and hopefully some gore to go with it but unfortunately there just wasn’t enough of the red stuff to quench my thirst. Still, I liked the story about the writer going to an isolated location to see if she can come up with an idea for her next book. Every character was interesting, even the few that didn’t even say anything, you just felt like they were up to something, and they were. Andréa Winter pulled triple duty for the movie and she really is the star of the show and deserves the spotlight here. Patrick von Barkenberg did a nice job for this to be his directorial debut so go ahead and put this one on your watch list. ” – AlienBee

“Without a doubt, Blood Paradise’s greatest asset is Andréa Winter’s portrayal of an author named Robin Richards. She delivers a strong performance that perfectly captures an artist in a crisis. Another performance of note is Christer Cavallius in the role of Hans Bubi, a Swedish taxi driver and aspiring author who’s Robin Richards number one fan. From a production standpoint, Blood Paradise achieves its goals. The premise is well-executed and the narrative does a good maintain tension. And nowhere is this clearer, then when it comes to Blood Paradise’s big-reveal. Needless to say, though Blood Paradise is a film where style often trumps substance. Fortunately, the visuals do not disappoint.” 10kBullets

“I really wanted to love Blood Paradise and at times it came so close to me feeling that way. However there are moments here that led to frustration with how the story was playing out and being told, though some of those might not even be the fault of the film at all.  There is an undeniable feeling of unease during…moments that wouldn’t seem out of place in films such as Psycho, which is at least a partial inspiration for certain scenes here…There are moments of horror here that can be quite strong at times, in particular a part including a severed finger was a little bit gruesome, yet again darkly humorous at the same time. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit captivated with Blood Paradise whilst watching it. There was a well crafted feeling of unease here, and it had some striking moments of sudden violence that straddled the line between modern day filmmaking and capturing the spirit of slashers of yesteryear.” – TheRottingZombie

“Who’d have thunk it? It turns out Texas doesn’t have a monopoly on clans of tightly-wound yokels suffering from too much isolation and a surfeit of plain old down-home “coo-coo.”  Director Patrick von Barkenberg takes his sweet time letting the story unfold just quickly enough for us to savor every moment of growing unease and mystery as Robin warily observes the actions of her hosts as they grow more suspicious and unsettling….The film itself is a visual treat, each shot nicely composed with lots of little directorial touches that are oddly satisfying.  Performances never go over the top, and the film is refreshingly devoid of the usual jump scares and musical stings. It isn’t even all that gory. Indeed, what happens to Robin (and some other unfortunate people around her) might’ve been turned into the same tired old torture porn working itself into a lather trying to “scare” us, but instead we’re drawn into an increasingly engrossing scenario that carries us along on a wave of pure, skin-crawling suspense.” – HK and Film Cult News

“There are two things a movie can do that will guarantee I will watch it. The first is having a beautiful and sexy actress as the main character. The second is related to the first; the actress is willing to bare it all on film. If a movie has those two elements, the rest of the film can be shit for all I care. Blood Paradise checks off those two rules with ease, having Andréa Winter in the lead role, and she gets down and naked several times. A bonus point goes to the fact the film isn’t shit. The story spends a lot of time following Robin and her wandering and snooping habits. I’m not going to complain because Andréa Winter is a competent actress who is super easy on the eyes. I know looks aren’t everything – personality, blah blah blah. Well, shame on you for thinking Andréa Winter is nothing but a woman who looks like a model, as she also co-wrote the movie, a couple of music videos, and has several credits in other areas. She’s also Swedish, so you know…” – Cultsploitation

“Director and co-writer Patrick von Barkenberg makes a stylish debut with Blood Paradise…begins as more of a mystery, as our protagonist arrives as a stranger in a strange land before descending into a tale of madness and psychological terror As a character, Robin Richards is well-realized and relatable as a fish out of water in a new environment. She is not prepared for the ordeal she is about to be put through, but shows great strength under pressure. This is a quiet, deliberately paced movie that takes a while to get where it’s going, but steadily builds an uncomfortable atmosphere before it hits its stride. ” – HorrorDNA

“Ranging from the generally bizarre farmer and his eccentric lifestyle to the obsessive fan and his wife that plow their way into the story, the general feeling from the environment is exceptionally creepy that goes hand in hand with the general beauty of the landscape. This explodes into a grisly and violent final half where it’s built entirely on the reversal of those elements to become a fun grindhouse-styled adventure laced with some dark comedic sequences and plenty of fine gore. Tossed off with some solid nudity from those well-qualified to deliver and there’s some generally enjoyable elements to this one.” – DonsHorrorWorld

“Most horror fans are open to anything bloody, sexy and a simple storyline and this film has all of that. In fact, the director, who by the way acts in the movie, and his co-writer, who also acts in the movie, happen to fall into the “perfect storm” of movie making. The film’s a nice piece for your library so every time you want a good laugh and forget your troubles of the day, pull out the Blu-ray and just do it. I must complement the acting of Andrea Winter who does a great job of holding a straight face throughout the dark comedy. She’s freaking awesome.” – AcedMagazine 

Quirky, sexy, funny, yet still fucking ominous…if you told the Coen Bothers to make a remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre it would be something like this movie… Awesome!” – MonsterMovieAPP

“Let me first say this is not going to be a horror film for everyone. This is more artsy as well as being a little slow moving for most mainstream horror fans. In addition I think it might be a little too sly as well….the film looks great and the cast did a great job playing all the strange characters. But for me the film was made better by the presence of Andréa Winter who plays Robin in the film. Andréa also co-wrote the film with Director, Patrick von Barkenberg who also stars in the film as her boyfriend. She also was the producer on the film as well. To be honest I never heard of Andréa Winter before but I hope to see a lot more of her going forward. She is a talented and beautiful actress that brings sexy to the film. She lights up the screen every time she appears….a kinky, sexy, creepy and at times disturbing horror/comedy that Indie fans should enjoy.  I found the film to be quite entertaining and I look forward to seeing what Andréa Winter has coming next.” – VideoViews

“The genre BLOOD PARADISE falls into is pieces of so many genres. It has elements of horror mixed with a deeply involving character development that peaks this absurd humor. All the while, swimming in a very sexual pool. This film wants you to build anticipation of what you think is coming with a sense of comfort only to pull it out from you. This film really pays off with a well thought-out script. You can tell a lot of thought was put into each scene and how they play out. This film likes to stick the audience with a knife and then twist it and turn till you are trying to figure out how the knife not only got there in the first place but how can it leave. This film feels like peeking through the keyhole to a life that you know is heading towards an unpredictable car wreck. …you will thank me once you watch it. This film is creative and unique, but yet smart and calculated. It has a very odd sexual vibe to it that made me cringe in a weird way. This film at times reminded me of a perverted Calvaire.” – WickedChannel

Blood Paradise is a very unique and strange film but it hits most of the marks it’s going for. It has this really good aura of mystery throughout and a good atmosphere, leading to a fun conclusion, although the very end leaves a lot to be desired. I highly recommend this one. It was fun and the mystery keeps you watching as things begin to unravel. The acting is also pretty solid with the exception of the publisher in the beginning. Other than that actress, the acting was very good and Richards did a very good job as the lead. –ScaredStiff

“Now this one certainly is one of the more unusual entries into the horror genre, basically a psycho thriller with traces of slasher, character study and even absurd comedy, all rolled into one, into a story that obviously enjoys to twist and turn and play with audience expectations. And the directorial effort really plays into the hands of the script here, betting on understatement most of the time to let things develop to full effect rather naturally. And of course a solid cast helps as well to turn this into a rather interesting and surprising genre film that’s well worth a watch.” – SearchMyTrash

“Try this gonzo horror- thriller… it’s undeniably sexy, weird and entertaining. – The Mercury News

“Indie thriller that is as humorous as it is beautifulBlood Paradise at times felt Hitchcock-ian with use of POV shots, initially unassuming murderers, and suspenseful moments heightened by sharp interruptions of violins, only instead of a platinum blonde, this movie’s muse was a striking redhead. The dreamy-ness to the film and the landscape choice also reminded me of Ingmar Bergman’s, Persona, the chic-ness of the costuming added to this as well. If Bergman had gotten more into horror his film might have looked something like Blood Paradise: female-centric, a love letter to the Swedish countryside, and lots of use of reds and whites like in Cries and Whispers. one pretty creepy experience…If you appreciate 70’s-styled frank violence, nudity, and wide shots or if you like films with dark humor, mentally unstable killers, or cabin-in-the-woods settings, then there will most likely be something for you to enjoy about Patrick von Barkenberg’s and Andréa Winter’s Blood Paradise.” – HorrorBuzz

Explosively erotic…an exciting and claustrophobic Gothic fun ride.” – Entertainment For A Living

“Now here’s a film that knows how to have a good time. From its opening act to its closing moments, Blood Paradise somehow manages to stay both tightly wound, and loose as a goose. Kudos to Director Patrick Von Barkenberg who pulls off a darkly comedic balancing act…another one of its strengths rests in it’s characterization, with Andrea Winters and Christer Cavallius specifically turning in performances that bring their characters to life.  Both Robin and Hans respectively, stand juxtaposed as well developed caricatures—the priss and the perv. Even so, given my hangups with the film’s logic, my actual enjoyment of the proceedings was barely affected. I was simply having too much fun watching this poor girl run around aimlessly, burdened with writer’s block, and placed in some rather precarious situations over and over again. Blood Paradise was a nice surprise…[and is] more Der Bunker (another Artsploitation curio) and less Misery. But that’s cool; certainly refreshing anyway.” – 13th Floor

“Patrick von Barkenberg’s Blood Paradise is more or less a remake of James Kenelm Clarke’s video­nasty deep cut The House on Straw Hill  and that’d be novelty enough, without factoring in the modern veneer of sexual frustration and dependency.” – Village Voice

“The unpredictable debut feature by Patrick von Barkenberg is bathed in dreamy atmospherics and streaked with offbeat humor, but remains grounded throughout by Winter, who holds your attention rapt.” – Film Society of Lincoln Center  

Artfully funny… Blood Paradise is more than just funny or quirky, as behind every moment in comedy lurks the mask of tragedy.   The events get graphic as one of the most understated portrayals of obsession creeps in close.  A late night delivery of a  fresh toilet roll to an outhouse has never been more terrifyingly delivered. Andrea Winter and Patrick Van Barkenberg have co written a screenplay with characters that give actors roles they can find a challenge.” – Nitrate Visions

“Blood Paradise [was] developed to appeal to a very particular sense of humour. If it hits the spot for you, you’ll probably find it one of the funniest films you’ve seen all year (provided you can cope with a bit of gore)…There’s some nice set design and that whole thing is beautifully shot, with lingering landscape shots recalling the European folk horror of the Seventies. Extensive nudity adds to that impression and between them these elements threaten to give the film real personality…” EyeForFilm

“Director Patrick von Barkenberg (who also plays Robin’s boyfriend) gives us his debut feature that is visually beautiful and strangely funny due to his choice of offbeat humor. It is Andrea Winter who keeps the film grounded and who holds our attention throughout.  It is both tightly wound and loose. This is an actor’s film with both Winters and Christer Cavallius as Hans giving excellent performances that bring their characters to life.  They stand juxtaposed as well developed caricatures—the priss and the pervert and this is what gives the film its success.” – Amos Lassen

 

Screenings
2018 - Scary Movies XI - Film Society Lincoln Center
2018 - Molins Festival of Terror
2018 - SpookyFest (Washington DC)
2019 - Cinequest
Director Interview

Director’s Statement:

“Blood Paradise is an independent ARTHOUSE/HORROR FEATURE FILM, bathed in dreamy atmospherics and streaked with offbeat humor. It is the perfect fit for any genre/independent film festival or midnight screening. I wanted to make a movie that steals upon you in the dark and blows out your tires. I hope you enjoy watching it.”

From Director Patrick von Barkenberg and Producer Andréa Winter:

“We make movies. Blood Paradise is our first feature film and we promise it’s a good one. Blood Paradise is a movie about a woman who travels to Sweden and gets into trouble. It’s also a tale of murder, obsession, mystery and revenge. We wanted to make a film that’s timeless and mysterious. A film that steals upon you in the dark and blows out your tires. We wanted to make a film with love. Love for a place – Västernorrland – and love for cinema.”

 

About the Director

Patrick von Barkenberg was born in Germany and received a scholarship to study film directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles where he was mentored by Frank Pierson, Gil Dennis and Jim McBride. His short films received the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award, the Telly Award, the ECU Best Editing Award, the Technicolor Grant and the Fuji Grant.

 

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Credits
  • Director: Patrick von Barkenberg
  • Producer: Andréa Winter
  • Screenwriters: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg
  • Cast: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg, Christer Cavallius, Rolf Brunnström, Ingrid Hedström, Martina Novak, Lars Brunnström
  • Cinematography: Thomas Rist
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART67
  • UPC: 851597006773
  • Country: Sweden
  • Language: English
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 84
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Bonus material: "Delete Scenes: Blood Sex Dream (2’); Fly (1’ 30”); Latex Dreams (2’ 30”); Tractor and Sheep (2’ 30”) Music Videos: Dreamer by Baby Yoga (4’ 30”); You and Me by Baby Yoga (4’)"
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