Blood valley seeds revenge
Natalie Scheetz, Christa Campbell, Caroline Williams, Annika Strauss
Marcel Walz, Annika Strauss (Translation), Uwe Boll (based upon characters created by)
Phase 4 Films
|“Blood Valley – Seed’s Revenge” a Follow-Up to “Seed”|
You may not know the film Blood Valley – Seed’s Revenge by this name under which indie distributor Phase 4 Films is releasing the film, but fans of indie horror will likely recognize it once it’s acknowledged that the film was originally produced under Seed 2, the sequel/follow-up to Uwe Boll’s original film and still based upon Boll’s characters. Boll himself is still here as producer, though Marcel Walz has taken over as both writer/director for the film.
The film centers around Christine (Natalie Scheetz), who is driving back from her Vegas bachelorette party with her friends through the rather isolated deserts of Nevada, taking the more scenic route ya’ know, when she and her friends start to encounter increasingly unsavory characters that will eventually lead her to a not so pleasant encounter with Max Seed (Nick Principe) and, this time around, his family.
In its own decent scene, and by decent I mean inventively psychotic, Blood Valley – Seed’s Revenge kicks everything off with a brutal encounter two women involving a pistol, a vagina and, well, you probably get the idea. The scene does a bit of a slow build, and while you never really doubt what’s going to happen there’s something to be said for the way that Walz builds the scene into a rather horrific suspense.
Unfortunately, the suspense really ends there.
It’ll only take a couple more minutes for you to realize that these two women are key players in the film, a rather odd reveal to give away in the film’s first five minutes. On the plus side, it’ll likely help you decide if you really want to stick around for the rest of the film’s rather slight 78-minute running time.
Among the film’s core actors, Nick Principe is easily the shining star here with a performance that is uncomfortably menacing yet surprisingly layered in how he presents it all. The rest of the players range from godawful to function, though I will say that most of our main quartet are pretty solid.
The film’s biggest problem is that even for a film that exists among the relatively low expectations of B-movie horror, it offers surprisingly little for even the most hardcore fans of the genre. The story is slight bordering on non-existent, while the film’s dialogue is so insipid that one almost feels badly even judging the actors on how they deliver it. The film is gory, at times incredibly gory, but it’s so badly edited and awkwardly paced that it’s impossible to get drawn into the film and to hold on even with it’s short running time.
While the film has a connection to Seed, those who see it are far more likely to think about The Hills Have Eyes. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment, an insult, or simply the truth.
The film has been translated into German, as well, by Annika Strauss, who plays a cop in the film. She plays it just fine, no small achievement given that her character actually makes no sense at all.
The film is available through Phase 4 Films.
© Written by Richard Propes
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Seed 2 (2014)
Coming back from her bachelor party in Las Vegas, Christine and her friends are driving through the hot desert of Nevada. But they are not alone – serial killer Max Seed is back and he brought the whole family.
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Seed returns in “Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge”, this time with new story and direction provided by Marcel Walz. Uwe Boll hangs back as producer on this sequel to the 2007 slasher horror. “Seed’s Revenge” moves the nightmare into the desert of the southwest, not far from Las Vegas, where some girlfriends find themselves battling for survival against Max Seed’s brutality.
“Seed’s Revenge” takes on a whole different look and feel than the original film directed by Uwe Boll. This one has a modern grindhouse/torture porn thing happening that comes of more like Suicide Girls take on the Hills That Have Eyes. It just really doesn’t fit the bases of what Boll created with the character and his mythos-what little there was of one. Max Seed still is just as menacing and brutal as ever, only in “Seed’s Revenge” there seems to be less of a plot than in the original one.
The cast do decent enough jobs at being lambs for the slaughter, but there isn’t a strong continuity in the style that Walz chose for the full story arc to make an appearance here. Choppy scenes fragmented between the present and past events are more cumbersome than dramatic and emotional. I understood the intend of showing the powerful and gritty fate of the characters, then pull us into the more human, and compassionate side, but so often, and suddenly makes it almost unnecessarily broken-the story that is. It also confuses the intended effect.
The special effects are half and half. The practical, bloody, full on graphic violence is still present in “Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge” , but the theatrical nature and religious overture of the sequences felt more ridiculous than artistic. Then there is that pesky CGI stuff that kills moments. Plus the moments that CGI was used in this film could have been done just as effectively through practical application. The soundtrack and atmosphere is acceptable, however it is over used a lot. Some scenes the music just bursts into the scene for no real reason- especially when the result is so underwhelming.
Overall “Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge” is a let down. The story is a thin, fragile spectre of the Max Seed mythos, with more torture porn attention paid than actual, purposeful story. Plus the setting and deeper development of Max Seed’s character, and a few others introduced, just seems convoluted. On a positive note, the kills are gruesome, bloody and brutal. There is no remorse or concern for audience tolerance. The ending that ties into the first film is a really cool moment in the film but not enough to save this sequel. If you set out to see the film just be warned that it is less impressive than the first film-by Uwe Boll-that that as you will.
Directed by Kim Blanc, Marcel Walz. With Natalie Scheetz, Christa Campbell, Caroline Williams, Nick Principe. Coming back from her bachelor party in Las Vegas, Christine and her friends are driving through the hot desert of Nevada. But they are not alone – serial killer Max Seed is back and he brought the whole family.