Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sightand tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself.On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.
With his previous films,Almost Human(2013)andThe Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante,BLISSroars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles,BLISSharkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’sThe Driller Killerand Bill Lustig’sManiacwere the norm.
Written, Produced & Directed by Joe Begos
Producers: Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper, Caroline Metz, Lyle Kanouse, Audrey Wasilewski
Executive Producer: Terry Shaikh
Co-Producer: Brian Dutton, Matt Mercer
Cinematographer: Mike Testin
Editor: Josh Ethier
Composer: Steve Moore
Production Designer: Adele Fenner
Costume Designer: Adriane Shown
Run time: 79 minutes
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING…
“…this is a dive into psychedelic hedonism that succeeds in constantly topping itself…”–Variety
“Begos has unquestionably delivered one of the best horror films of the past 20 years.” –Film Threat
“Bliss approaches its aesthetic with a straight-faced intensity, pummeling the viewer with woozy handheld closeups and violent bursts of montage until you feel like maybe you might have been dosed somehow on your way into the theater.”–AV Club
“Bliss is a punk rock pizza box of a movie – a loud, in-your-face, bloody-as-hell roar, equal parts vomit, phlegm and primal scream – from a team of filmmaking collaborators who wear their influences on their sleeves. It’s amazing,natch.” –Birth.Movies.Death.