Bloody Hell (2021)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally on the site on January 30, 2021 but now that the film is on Tubi, I wanted to inform you, dear reader, as this is a fun one.

Bloody Hell is an absolute blast.

I have no fancy words to add, really — I’ll try — but I was absorbed by every twist and turn of this movie.

From its description, “A man with a mysterious past flees the country to escape his own personal hell… only to arrive somewhere much, much, much worse,” I wasn’t expecting all that much. Imagine my surprise when I was on the edge of my seat from frame one.

Rex (Ben O’Toole, Nekrotronic) is a hero to some and a villain to others. That’s because when fate literally fell into his lap during a bank heist, he went over the top wiping out all of the masked criminals, which may or may not have led to the death of one innocent bystander. So imagine his surprise when he has to spend five years in jail, which all seems to lead him to a horrific destiny somewhere in Finland. After all, he wants away from the press and the constant attention he gets everywhere he goes.

Well, the attention doesn’t stop once he arrives. That’s because he’s become the next meal of a family of cannibals that are more Von Trapp than Sawyer family. They’ve already taken one of our hero’s legs and if he stays around too long, that would be all they eat.

Rex has two people on his side — maybe. One is the voice inside his head, which is sarcastic and cruel at times, but does have a vested interest in both of them getting out of Helsinki alive. The other is the black sheep of the family who has kidnapped him, Alia (Meg Fraser). But can she escape the family she has cared for her entire life? And will she run off with a man she barely knows who only has one good leg?

Bloody Hell is a movie in love with film, referencing and quoting so many other movies along the way, but in a way that celebrates the joy of movies instead of making you want to go back and watch something else.

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