A trip out into the desert becomes a death trip for two lesbian college girls when they're kidnapped by orphan Nazi girls. These Nazi teenagers are not just violent and abusive, but are hiding a very dark secret that our couple will soon take part of.
Yet another film recommended by James DePaolo right here, and to follow my current "tradition" I didn't invest much time in finding out what it really is. A short snipped of the trailer, a title and poster, and DePaolo's warmest recommendations would have to do. It's simply more fun this way, and I think that sometimes it's valuable not to know too much beforehand.
"Blood Soaked" has a rather smart opening. It's a black and white scene where young girls are injecting a man with something in his chest. We then jump 10 years into the future and add color to the film, where these girls (older versions) are hunting down a woman in the desert. Then it cuts to the opening credits which features footage of Hitler, Nazi propaganda, news articles of WWII, and so on. A few questions pop up then and there, that are later to be answered. We go on with a story about two girls that meet when they start college. One of them we learn is a lesbian, but the other one doesn't seem to be. However, all it takes to change her mind is a little flirting. So far it's quite entertaining and quite frankly, it could go anywhere from here! They take a little trip, and this is where they meet the girls from the intro scene. And they are not nice girls! They kidnap the college girls, and the movie turns black and white. When they reach their home we see swastikas all over the place. But not only that, they are keeping slaves - ghoulish slaves. Will they become slaves themselves?
I think the build-up was very solid, and once they meet the Nazi girls there was some serious tension. But more importantly, I had actually managed to care about the characters so far. I think that's more rare in indie films than it should be, so when you do care it's quite nice. And that's why there was suspense when the horror started creeping out. Sadly I think some of that wore off once they got back to the Nazi home, simply because it turned into something different than I was hoping for. Although it was hinted at what was to come, I think it would've been much more effective had it stayed realistic, and more of a standard kidnap-survival story. This is my personal opinion, of course, and in no way do I think they failed at what they were doing - just that they were doing something I wasn't up for to begin with.
The shining cast is what keeps this movie alive. I think the four girls are great, keeping it between intense and light at all times. The playful and enthusiastic Nazi girls especially offer a lot to every scene they're in. In that sense, and in many of the production values, this is a solid independent horror.
The only real issues I have on a production stand-point is that some scenes were very dark, and some of the camera movements seemed a bit much at times. But in contrast to that, there are some great desert shots and I quite liked the set design, even if it was mostly just concrete walls and swastikas.
It has some good gore scenes, but most of the time it's not all that messy. Which is probably good if you want to take the film seriously, anyway. The effects on the ghouls (I say ghouls because I think it's more appropriate than "zombies") look pretty good too, and the black and white helps in that department. You'll probably see quite easily how the make-up was made, but it's still a hell of a lot better than in some shitty independent films. So I'm a happy chap!
"Blood Soaked" is kinda what you'd get if you put ghouls/zombie slaves into a movie like "Wolf Creek". It obviously gives it an easier vibe, an almost campy feel at times. You switch mindset once you realize what's really going on. And sometimes that's gonna make it better for the viewer, but personally I think I'd prefer going without that part of it. I can't say that it's a bad movie because of that, when it's a personal preference above everything else. If you want new indie horror that mixes some themes, check it out!