Alex Orr’s 2007 low budget film Blood Car was recommended to me by a friend. It’s a black comedy with liberal horror throughout. It’s also low budget, which, if you know me, you’ll remember that one of my slogans happens to be, “There’s no budget like low budget.” This one takes some digging to find, but I can tell you right now, it’s memorable. Here are five reasons to watch it this weekend.
|Totally worth the one hour and fifteen minutes of “huh” face.|
Vegan kindergarten teacher Archie (Mike Brune) is looking for a way to get cars running again in a not-too-distant future. Gas has spiked up to $30 per gallon, and ol’ Archie is trying to make an engine that runs on wheatgrass. When he accidentally gets blood into the mixture, he finds that the engine he’s invented will indeed run, but on blood. Hilarity ensues. Yes, it’s cheesy, but within the first five minutes, you know that you’re in for a batshit ride.
Archie is clueless. He doesn’t get that Lorraine (Anna Chlumsky, who actually puts in an effort at a performance and is totally appealing) likes him, and he doesn’t realize that sexpot Denise (Katie Rowlett) is only interested in him for his car. He also happens to run the strangest kindergarten class on the planet. By the time you get to his outbursts, you’re not sure what kind of deck he’s playing with. It’s humorous. As an aside, I couldn’t tell if Brune was playing him poorly on purpose, or if it’s just bad acting. Time will tell on that one.
|A knight in vegan armor.|
I’m totally fine with people being anything they want to, so long as the person in question is not a douche to anyone else. Veganism is one of those subjects that can go the way of condescention quickly. I don’t care if it’s for health or conscience – your body, man: do what you want, but don’t be a dick to others about their dietary choices (can’t tell that I’ve had that experience, can you?). The way that this one goes after veganism is a bit scathing. It also is a statement on how far people will go for a little sex. Nice moral convictions there, Archie.
Fun fact: classical music is relatively cheap and easy to obtain rights to use. Blood Car takes full advantage of this, and you’ll recognize some of the pieces. Strangely enough, it’s not out of place, and it works. As an added touch, you’re also treated to 80s-style guitar ditties that would feel at-home in a sports training montage. And come on: everyone loves a montage.