Blood of Beasts Release Date: July 2005 (France) Genre: Action | Adventure | Family Director(s): David Lister (Trigger Fast, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) Writer(s): Paul Anthony Starring: Jane March, William Gregory Lee and Justin Whalin In 2004 the direct-to-video’s blatant Lord of the Rings knockoff (marketing-wise) was New Concorde’s Keeper of Time. Blood of Beasts is […]

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Blood of Beasts
Release Date: July 2005 (France)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Family
Director(s): David Lister (Trigger Fast, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Writer(s): Paul Anthony
Starring: Jane March, William Gregory Lee and Justin Whalin

In 2004 the direct-to-video’s blatant Lord of the Rings knockoff (marketing-wise) was New Concorde’s Keeper of Time. Blood of Beasts is the 2005 example of Lord of the Rings’ inspired marketing. Originally entitled Beauty and Beast, since this is just a wacky retelling of the tale, this foreign (French?) production was marketed as a sword and sorcery flick. It’s quite different from that, and while each individual Lord of the Rings film was a masterpiece from technical and filming standpoints, Blood of Beasts looks like something the creators of Dark(est) Knight would churn out.

Even though most moviegoers are likely to hate Blood of Beasts due to its silly and low budget nature, I still had a good time watching it. What we’ve got here is a relatively simple tale that has the king of a Viking clan tagging along with his men to take out a beast that reigns over a nearby island. The beast isn’t easily defeated, and when it appears that several warriors and the king have been killed, the remaining men retreat. Princess Freya, the king’s daughter, is distraught at learning this. She’s equally upset that unkind warrior Sven, who looks like a pumped up pro wrestler, is likely to become the new king after he left her father to die. Since it is not guaranteed that her father has died, she holds onto the hope that he is still alive. She goes to the island on her own and discovers that not only has her father been kept alive in a cage, but also that the beast is not all that evil. He’s merely a sensitive man that has been cursed by the God Oden, and cannot resist the urge to kill once night comes.

I had a good time watching Blood of Beasts despite its many, many flaws. It’s cheap and low budget, but it has an energetic feel to it that I admire in productions like these. And plus, Jane March is a beautiful sight to behold, even if she’s not much of an actress.

The flaws are too numerous to ignore though. The costumes are cheap, the acting is off, and there are plenty of logic errors in the shooting script. For example, the beast is so maniacally crazy and bloodthirsty at night that he keeps people like the king and Freya in a cage. Since this is Viking time and all, the cage locks from the outside with nothing more than a latch. How exactly does this keep his prisoners safe from him at night?

As I said, chances are you’ll hate it, but I dug it.
DVD: Barebones.

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