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Blood Reservoir

Blood Reservoir
Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Maximo Gianfranco Sorrentino, Hannah Landberg, Johnny Alicea, Ian Lyons, Jessica Mazo, John J. Thomassen and Nathaniel Sylva

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: October 31, 2014 Released by: Mad Chaol Films

Mark Anthony Del Negro is the director screenwriter and the general force behind Blood Reservoir.  He put it all together with a standard horror story, some seasoned performers with experience in films of fear, and some interesting locations in Western Massachusetts. 

Not too surprising we get to watch a group of young folks who are headed for a camping trip in land that has a warning not to enter.  Blood Reservoir is on that forbidden property.  The name is said to have come about because of a history of strange deaths at the site. The campers are out for romance on the surface but some of them are determined to search for an old hidden Indian treasurer.  

Early on we observe a local Mayor from the past killing a young woman he has fathered a child with, it is not clear how that scene fits in with the present time at Blood Reservoir. But at the beginning we watch a young girl head into the cold water at night and quickly begin to call for help as a fog fills the water around her.  

From there it's all very standard, each of the characters are picked off by characters who don't appear to have motivation to slaughter but vigorously take on the task with stones, and knives until the end.

This is Del Negro's first film and he may look back at this as one observes their picture in an old high school year book.  Did I really look like that?  The cuts between scenes are not smooth and the integration of the rather well chosen background scenes with the action on the part of the characters is uncomfortable.  The sound system also sounds as we would expect in a film that doesn't have millions of dollars to work with.  

His star Felissa Rose has experience in blood letting films and while she looks a bit dangerous at times she appears a little too attractive and regular for the total scope of her character Angela Stone.  The Sheriff (Maximo Gianfranco Sorrentino) has some difficulty presenting himself as the law of the land in the county where Blood Reservoir exists.  The two young women Hannah Landberg and Jessica Mazo look great as is usual for this style of film but their lines appear to be very simple and ineffective.

The music is edgy and effective by Kevin MacLeod and Red Sky Mary and the dark scene at the beginning with a girl in the water feels like Jaws. 

Pumpkin Jack is referred to and appears at the end to begin the haunt all over with success we could see him again. 

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Blood Reservoir  C                           C 

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