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As if sparkly vampires weren't enough, the producers of Bloody Indulgent decided that the viewing public also need singing vampires. So, now we have a vampire musical, and it is largely what you would expect it to be, though to give credit where it's due, there's plenty of blood and gore, and it is well done.
Burt (Kevin Scott Richardson) is a flamboyant vampire, who can't quite keep his urges in control. His friend Todd (Brandon Heitkamp) explicitly says that he doesn't want to get turned, but Burt chases him down an alley anyway, bites, sucks, etc. and turns Todd anyway. Todd's girlfriend Connie (Diva Zappa) takes exception to this, and tries to incite the crowd at the strip club she works at to kill Burt. Anti-vampire prejudice is strong, and the crow complies, or tries to. Burt ends up killing most of them, and turning Connie, who finds that she prefers "life" as a vampire, as it happens.
After the carnage at the club, Burt and Todd repair to a photo studio, owned by Clare (Sharon Ferguson), a non-vampire, who nevertheless enjoys murdering her models on film. Todd is immediately smitten by her assistant June (Lucy Griffin), and begins to feel remorseful about his hand in the night's events, and indeed to have second thoughts about Burt and his wild lifestyle. Complicating matters, are the strippers who are now bent on revenge since Burt has killed all of their boyfriends. Oh, and there's a lot of singing and dancing. And blood and gore and zombies and murder.
If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd enjoy, then you'll probably like Bloody Indulgent. The music ranges from grating, to mediocre, to not bad. The humor elicits a few laughs, a few chuckles, and a few smiles. But this is not a gut busting comedy. But's it's okay. The blood effects are surprisingly good. The performances are solid as well, though the whole film is intentionally played broad. There's not much to the story, but it's not the kind of film where that particularly matters. I'll call this one a Rent It, unless you really have an affinity for rock infused, bloody vampire musicals.
The image is 1.78:1 widescreen, and looks decent. There is grain, and the colors are diffused and washed out, but this takes place entirely at night. Keep in mind that this is a check disc, so I cannot comment on the quality of the final product.
Audio is Dolby digital 5.1 channel, and sounds pretty okay. The music is very well presented, rich and clear. But the dialogue is sometimes muffled and echo-y, so there's a tradeoff there. The lack of subtitles doesn't help this. Keep in mind that this is a check disc, so I cannot comment on the quality of the final product.
No extras are included. However, this is a check disc, so I cannot comment on the quantity or quality of the extras included with the final product.
Bloody Indulgent is pretty much what I would have imagined a vampire musical to be. It's not a bad film, but it doesn't reach greatness either. It's got good performances and effects, but music of variable quality and middle of the road humor. It's certainly not for everyone, but there are certainly folks out there who would enjoy it.