BLOOD DINER REVIEWED
“Blood Diner” is proof that the Vestron Lionsgate experiment is working. The transfer looks like we’re getting a direct film print and the audio is sourced from the original mono. What is missing? For those that aren’t familiar with the film, I’ll break it down. Two brothers grow up and unearth their dead uncle’s body. After harvesting his talking brain, they begin to source local body parts via their diner. It’s kinda like H.G. Lewis directing Eating Raoul, but without the pompous liberal bullshit.
While the film plays well with its comedy, it’s an unrated horror feast that plays with its visuals. The film is a quick jaunt, but it earns every scare and every slash of a specific artery. I know that a lot of readers were too young for the Vestron era, but come on. There’s something to hearing that familiar jingle when this Blu starts. It’s Pavlovian and it takes me back to a time when horror mattered.
The over-reliance on Sheetar never mattered to me, but I find myself learning new things via the commentary with director Jackie Kong. Learning about locations and FX shots was neat. However, the setup for humor won me over. Make horror funny again, people. If you’re a classic horror fan, you’re already onboard.
- Archival Interview
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD mono