Amelia Moses follows up Bleed With Me with another snowy, stripped back chiller.

Synopsis: Grey is an indie singer who is having visions that she is a wolf. When she gets an invitation to work with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels at his remote studio in the woods she begins to find out who she really is.

Grey (Lauren Beatty) is a singer with far more to worry about than her ‘difficult second album’, given that she experiences hallucinations about turning into a wolf. Her girlfriend Charlie (Katharine King So) tries to understand her, but there is a growing disconnect between them, especially as Grey fears she may hurt her if her condition deteriorates.

Lowell co-writes with Wendy Hill-Tout, bringing an insider view of the song-writing and development process as well as an insight about the treatment of women within the industry. Lowell’s influence also means that the songs woven into the film, especially excellent titular song Bloodthirsty, merge seamlessly into it, never feeling out of place. Lauren Beatty presents Grey as a woman of two halves, uncertain of her ability, but also with a determination to make the best of her life and career in her own way.

A key theme of Bloodthirsty is hunger, particularly the way hunger is viewed within women. Grey’s life in foster homes meant she was often left literally hungry. Her success means she now no longer goes hungry and even has the opportunity to follow a vegan diet. Her new hunger is for success, something which mysterious Vaughn (Greg Bryk) is keen to exploit. That hunger and passion are positioned as darkening forces, in keeping with Grey struggling to keep her temptations under wraps and stable. The desire to consume, despite making moves to repress that desire is carefully unwound throughout.

Like Bleed With Me, Amelia Moses uses the isolated location to great effect and even though the house is large, the space becomes quickly restrictive, trapping them within the walls. Outside, the snowy setting adds to the unforgiving, oppressive nature of their situation. Bloodthirsty is not quite as slow moving as Bleed With Me and leans into more conventional horror moments but there is still that stripped back quality that relies on the performances and wider construction.

Bloodthirsty is an alluring study of a woman exploring unspoken truths, unravelling her own past and what that might mean for her future.

4 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars

Signature Entertainment presents Bloodthirsty at FrightFest 29th August and on Digital Platforms & DVD 30th August

Author: ScaredSheepless

Film and television fan, with a particular love for horror.

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