After their horror film Mon Ami inspires someone to send them a video, filmmakers Rob Grant and Mike Kovac decide to explore what makes someone kill and the responsibility of filmmakers in how their films influence violence in people.
Written by Rob Grant, Mike Kovac, and Michael Peterson with the first directing, Fake Blood is an exploration of the connection between fictional violence and actual violence. Do violent films and video games really influence people into being violent or do they simply desensitize people who already have a propensity for violence into doing what was always in the back of their minds? How does one bring themselves to murder or acts of extreme violence? How do all these things connect? Their exploration of this is fascinating in a day and age where violence seems more and more prevalent in everyday life or at least more and more shown. The way they go about this and how far they go to get their answers are what make this film a fascinating watch. The way they explore this is not simply accusing films of creating violence but looking at how film violence may simply be exacerbating a problem that is already growing.
Fake Blood, despite its first title word, is a very realistic look at things and one that feels honest. Of course the filmmakers come at this from a point of view that would exonerate them from all influence on violence, but they do come to find that it’s not so black and white and they find themselves more embroidered into their research than planned with one of their subjects decides that they are making fun of him and possibly putting him at risk. At that point in the film, things take a turn and it becomes almost more reality television than documentary, but in a way that feels less scripted than the reality television most have come to know. This leads to a tonal shift in the film that is not an issue really and takes the film into a more personal, more biographical direction.
The film is shot in a way that makes it interesting to watch with cinematography by Sarah Thomas Moffat and editing by Rob Grant. Their synergy shows good team work and gives the film some pep and urgency in how things develop. This leads to a film where the viewer wants to see what happens next which is fairly rare in documentaries of late. This one is an exception and absolutely worth seeing. Horror fans will recognize issues they have brought up many times being brought up here and will see themselves in Grant and Kovac.
Blood In The Snow runs November 23rd to November 26th, 2017.