Title: Blödaren

Also known as:
The Bleeder (English translation)

Year: 1983

Genre: Horror / Slasher

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 80 min

Director: Hans Hatwig

Writer: Hans Hatwig

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0302356/

The female rock band "Rock Cats" are on their way to a gig when the bus breaks down. Stranded in the middle of nowhere they take their guitars and start walking. They turn up at an old, creepy mansion where they stay to rest for a bit. In the old mansion they begin to find traces of blood on the floor, a baby stroller and some other hints of the dark life that has been lived under the same roof. Soon they meet "The Bleeder", the psychotic resident of this rotten mansion.

Our thoughts:
Growing up being fairly against Swedish movies, I have skipped a lot of films in my years. I figured out early on how much better every other country was (this was before I noticed that we did some fantastic erotica) at making films and since then there has been a distance from the Swedish ones. That's the reason I have missed some of the cult classics (don't worry, not all of them. "Besökarna" is one of favorite supernatural film). Stuff like "Blödaren" I have skipped intentionally, though. But now I found myself in a position where it was very appropriate to check it out. First of all, it needs to be mentioned - this movie was made by the owner of a huge teen magazine called "Okej" and most cast in the movie is from various bands, making people call this "rock horror". Like the killer is played by one of the guys from the band "Attack" who did a huge Swede hit called "Oa hela natten". The director actually used his own magazine to promote the movie, but by starting the rumor that Gene Simmons played the killer.

The movie is about the girl band "Rock Cats" (their real name is "Revansch"). Their bus breaks down in the middle of the woods, and of course they will have to walk. They come to this huge old house, and they're soon hunted by a maniac. The maniac has a blood disease (or as a man in the beginning says, to some extent: "it was something with his blood. Or maybe it was his eyes.") which is why it is called The Bleeder. But we are apparently just supposed to assume that having a blood disease will make you fucking crazy and homicidal. Anyway, the killer is basicly copying the look of George Eastman in "Anthropophagus" and the rest of the movie rips stuff from films like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and any other backwood slasher/teen slasher that was made prior to this one.

I did find the movie entertaining. Or at least a little bit. It's a horrible movie. It's actually pretty damn boring. But the thing that makes it worth watching is that there are so many things you just can't help to question. Normally in a cheesy slasher like this you wouldn't care about flaws, lack of logic, etc. But in "Blödaren" that was the main pleasure I got out of it. Like in the beginning I was wondering why they used Christmas bells randomly in the background as sound - but then I noticed that a girl was actually wearing fucking bells around her legs. That of course made me question it again - who wears that and why would they want to torture me like that? Amazing. It's fascinating how someone thought that was a good idea. And then I wonder why the man that finally shows up to save the girls is shooting the maniac after some vague comment from the girl about her being chased. What if she lied? What if he was just a bad guy, not a killer, would shooting him be the best thing to do? I don't know, perhaps I missed something there. The movie is filled with these things and that's basicly the only thing to look forward to if you sit down to watch it. It actually made it worth the 80 minutes, even though I probably would've enjoyed it more with friends.

There are parts in the movie that I think would've worked if the movie didn't feel like a poor backyard production. I mean, there was an established magazine owner behind this - why does it meet such a low standard? I loved the scenes early in the movie before the girls have seen the killer, and he just casually walks out of the house to follow them when they leave. Things like that always please me - when the thing we are afraid of is being just casually presented (like in "Pumpkinhead" when it walks past the window).

There are some more points to bring up that I think aren't really worth going on about at length. The acting is so-so, some better than others. The killer has the look of a fuckhead but he completely messes that up with his horrid acting. The girls do a fairly good job. The soundtrack is what you would expect from a movie that takes bits from slashers ("Halloween" comes to mind here), but the randomly repeated scare sound effects that were added bugged me. Annoying, especially when they were placed at random.

It's a stupid movie, with stupid things in it. If you find the same pleasure I did in finding things that are annoying, illogical, stupid, bad and all that, then you could have a good time with it. The only really good thing the movie has to offer is an actually creepy location.

Positive things:
- Great location!
- I find myself enjoying picking the stupidity apart.
- The girl waking up next to the maniac drumming on a kids drumkit, or whatever it was, was hilarious.
Negative things:
- You don't need me to specifically locate the bad things in the movie, you can just read any bit of the review.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

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