7/16/2019
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
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

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

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.

 

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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