BLOOD PARADISE Is, “Brilliant…witty, enchanting, sharp, ironic and murderous good time.” Says Cryptic Rock

“[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 “captivates…while still maintaining a healthy dose of sex appeal and blood” Says It’s Bloggin Evil!

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

“As thrillers go, this one is top notch” – Cinema365 says of FIRSTBORN

“Karapetian is actually quite brilliant behind the camera particularly in terms of his shot composition and his framing. Whether filming in dimly lit apartments or in remote snowy landscapes, the look of the film is distinctive. It doesn’t hurt that both Dovelka and Znotins deliver strong, believable performances. During the initial encounter with the motorcycle-riding thug, the danger is palpable and the scene is terrifying in a realistic way that directors of Hollywood thrillers often get wrong. This one feels like it could have happened exactly as depicted…as thrillers go this one is top notch…” – Cinema365

The Rotting Zombie, “Really Wanted to Love BLOOD PARADISE.” Did He?

“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.” – TheRottingZombie

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BLOOD PARADISE: “Pure skin-crawling suspense…a visual treat.” – HK & Film Cult News

“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

“Fans of exploitation films will get a kick out of RONDO.” – Cinema365

Rondo director Drew Barnhardt is evidently influenced [by grindhouse films]. His latest would feel right at home in Times Square circa 1977. It’s got elements of slasher films, black comedies, psychological thrillers, a revenge epic and even grindhouse porn. Like many grindhouse films of that era, Rondo doesn’t have much of a budget. The effects are practical albeit some occasionally over the top – whoever planted the squibs for the final confrontation had a field day. Therefore, a film like this has to rely on a decent plot – which it has. It also has to rely on decent performances and there we get a little bit dicey as the acting tends to be stiff, perhaps by design. It also has to rely on graphic sex and violence – and the film gets full marks for that. Barnhardt is obviously not afraid to push the envelope on that score…Fans of exploitation films will get a kick out of this one. ” – Cinema365

BLOOD PARADISE, “ISN’T SHIT” says Cultsploitation

“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


HorrorDNA: “Patrick von Barkenberg makes a stylish debut” with BLOOD PARADISE

“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

BLOOD PARADISE Is reviewed as if a fine wine, “A fun grindhouse-styled adventure laced with some dark comedic sequences and plenty of fine gore.”

“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

Aced Mag Says BLOOD PARADISE’s Andrea Winter is “Freaking Awesome”

“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