Blood Relic Release Date: 7 June 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror | Thriller Director(s): J. Christian Ingvordsen (Bog Creatures, Airboss) Writer(s): Matthew M. Howe (Absolute Aggression, Fort Doom) Starring: Billy Drago, Joshua Park and Jennifer Lauren Grant When you’re watching a movie of any kind that has randomly placed army and/or medieval footage, there’s a great […]

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Blood Relic
Release Date: 7 June 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Director(s): J. Christian Ingvordsen (Bog Creatures, Airboss)
Writer(s): Matthew M. Howe (Absolute Aggression, Fort Doom)
Starring: Billy Drago, Joshua Park and Jennifer Lauren Grant

When you’re watching a movie of any kind that has randomly placed army and/or medieval footage, there’s a great chance you’re watching a J. Christian Ingvordsen film.

Blood Relic, a slasher film with fantastic artwork that has nothing to do with the actual film, goes for the first option. The man who appears to be our antagonist is Hank Campbell, a former Navy pilot who went berserk and killed several people after returning from a mission with a mysterious talisman around his neck. Before he is hauled away by the police, Campbell tosses the talisman into a vent. Now twenty-two years later, the sight of his mass murders is now being turned into an air and space museum.

Our plucky hero (and the only female who doesn’t expose herself) Terri arrives to the museum expecting to be trained as a tour guide. There have been some unfortunate setbacks, though, and the man behind the museum (Drago) tells her that she’s going to have to work with the other horny twentysomethings to clean the place out. When the new girl finds out about the mysterious Hank Campbell, she naturally decides that holding a séance after hours is a great way to spend the night. This of course leads to much death and destruction, as Hank was recently released from the mental hospital and is intent on finding the talisman once again.

Blood Relic is obviously low budget, like all of Ingvordsen’s films, but it has a certain something that raises it above the level of most DTV slashers. I’m inclined to say it’s simply because Ingvordsen’s in this to make a good slasher, and not to show his skills off to those in Hollywood, like so many people in the genre do. He delivers a copious amount of blood and sex, coupled with a vague killer, and all that makes for a half-interesting flick.

Ingvordsen will never be much of a director, nor will Matthew Howe ever be an A-level writer, but they’re great for delivering low budget movies that work on a certain level. Blood Relic has a fair share of flaws, like the ambiguous power of the talisman, but whatever.

DVD: Starting off the DVD is a fun commentary with Ingvordsen, writer Howe, and Debbie Rochon. This is the first commentary Ingvordsen’s done from my recollection, and it’s quite interesting to listen to him and Howe speak about making the film. Second and last, there’s Debbie’s Video Diary, which is a mass of footage collected by Debbie Rochon as she prowled around the set.

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