Blood Clots (2018)

I love the idea of indie filmmakers taking their various horror short films and turning them in to anthologies, especially now with the horror anthology hotter than ever with audiences. “Blood Clots” has a lot of great intentions, but in the end it’s just an okay anthology with seven pretty okay horror shorts. I was never blown over by anything I saw here, but I appreciated the effort, and I liked the variety, overall. There are zombies, mutants, monsters, and werewolves, and that’s basically the only overarching theme for audiences.

Everything else in the movie is tonally different and stylistically inconsistent. This might seem jarring to some, but in the context it’s understandable. Among them there’s “Hell of a Day,” an okay zombie thriller about a girl stuck in the basement of a bar during a zombie apocalypse who is slowly losing her mind. It’s a fine opener even if the climax makes zero sense. “Never Tear Us Apart” which I saw for Fantasia years ago. It’s a wildly funny and gory tale of family and cannibalism. “Blue Moon” is an ironic comeuppance tale about a group of perverts that kidnap a girl forcing her to take part in weird acts in a deserted wooded area, unaware she’s a werewolf.

“Time to Eat” is way too short and difficult to really understand wholly, but a mom is preparing dinner for her son he wanders in to the basement of their home to fetch a ball. Little does he know a monster is lurking among him. “Still,” by Carl Timms, is the best of the bunch and one I had a good laugh with. A human statue struggles to maintain his position in a town square, as everyone around him is devoured by hungry zombies. As the zombies are convinced he’s a statue, he struggles to keep from moving, breathing, and vomiting as bystanders are mutilated by the undead. This is the most clever and original of the bunch. “Hellyfish” by Patrick Longstreth is a well directed and slick monster movie involving genetically overgrown jellyfish that wreak havoc on yuppies at a beach one day.

While most everything in the film looks like it was enhanced by CGI, the novelty is amusing. “The Call of Charlie” should have been wedged in the middle of the anthology, as it’s a dark comedy set amidst a gathering of friends, and a squid faced gentlemen hoping to meet a girl the hosts have set him up with. I dug the make up and monster effects, as well as the morbid humor. It just loses its impact since it closes the anthology. Overall, I’ve seen worse than “Blood Clots.” It’s a fine anthology horror film more suited for experimental horror fans.