Bloody Hell is a wild ride, with Rex (Ben O’Toole) finding himself in a very unfortunate situation straight off the bat. In the opening sequence we see him queuing up at the bank, only to be dramatically interrupted by a gang of masked robbers armed with guns. Admit the carnage, Rex finds himself able to access one of the guns and proceeds to single-handedly fight off the robbers.
However, it’s not plain sailing, as Rex accidentally kills an innocent customer in the process, so his heroic act is tainted with the knowledge that he killed someone who didn’t deserve it. As a result of his mistake, he’s incarcerated, where he becomes a viral sensation due to a video of him attacking the robbers.
His once normal life is changed forever, as when he’s realised from prison, he can barely walk down the street without being recognised and harassed by people wanting photographs of him. He also finds himself interacting with a hallucination of himself, who’s much more badass and confident, and likely a reflection of who the media perceives him to be.
This level of attention soon becomes too much for Rex, and he decides to book a getaway to Finland where he intends to get some much needed rest and relaxation. Things only go from bad to worse once he arrives there, as unlucky Rex is kidnapped by some strangers and taken to their home.
When he wakes up, he finds himself tied up by his arms in their basement, and soon realises that he won’t make it out of there alive unless he acts fast. The family who kidnapped him have a taste for human flesh, and Rex is destined to be on their menu if he doesn’t escape.
Despite this gritty synopsis, Bloody Hell is actually a very funny film. It effortlessly blends horror and comedy, making us laugh one minute and cringe the next. Lead actor Ben O’Toole shines in this role, and his character is immediately likeable. You desperately want him to escape this hellish scenario, whilst simultaneously laughing at the ridiculous situation he’s got himself into.
Just when Rex thinks he’s in a hopeless situation, he meets the family’s daughter Alia (Meg Fraser), who is different to the rest of her clan. With Alia his only way out of the basement, Rex must work to earn her trust and save himself… and potentially her too.
Bloody Hell is thoroughly entertaining, and is the perfect film for those wanting a more lighthearted horror that still packs an almighty punch. It’s got some really effective gory moments, making the ‘bloody’ in the film’s title particularly apt.
It has some really ridiculous action scenes too, which are fitting for a film like this. Fans of Ozploitation films will likely have a great time with director Alister Grierson’s offering, which doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s an interesting US-Australian hybrid which I wish I could’ve experienced on the big screen to get the full effect.
Bloody Hell played at Nightstream, the Collaborative Virtual Festival From Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook, and Popcorn Frights Festival. This festival ran from October 8th – 11th with plenty of great films on offer. It opens in the US on January 14, 2021.