Robert Eggers is creating an entire new genre - New England Gothic Horror - and I am here for it.
So, no, it's not perfect. Some of the jokes are clunky and obvious, some of the performances have warts. But I really didn't care when I first saw this on cable in the 1980s and I still don't care today.
Kevin Costner still does best when he plays the lovable-rogue type like he does here, I believe.
And hey - none other then Quentin Tarantino declared this "one of the best directoral debuts" he'd ever seen, claiming in an interview…
I described this to friends by saying "it's probably exactly what popped into your head when you heard the phrase 'Jim Jarmusch Zombie Movie'."
There are those for whom that would be a negative review. I liked it, however; it wasn't perfect, but I have a strong fondness for Quirk, and it leaned into Quirk in ways that made me chuckle long enough to distract me from the political and social commentary long enough for that to sink in after…
One of the best observations I ever heard about this film came from someone to whom I showed it on DVD:
"One can walk out on Battlefield Earth, because no one in it cares, but Blood Freak? The star cares. The other actors, all terrible, care. This is a movie made with love, desperation, and the sort of bad decisions only made in the middle of a Florida heat wave."