6/5/2019
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
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A writer interrupts her sex-filled vacation with her boyfriend in order to seek inspiration for the sequel of her best-selling horror book that inspired and disgusted many readers. She goes back to the essentials, to the place where she wrote the first piece, and is haunted by its locals and their creepy habits- which includes a devotional cult to the writer.
Reviews

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

Screenings
2018 - Scary Movies XI - Film Society Lincoln Center
2018 - Molins Festival of Terror
2018 - SpookyFest (Washington DC)
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.

 

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
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