It has been a busy few months for the folks at Artsploitation Films and now they have announced another upcoming release, the English-language Swedish Horror/Comedy BLOOD PARADISE from producer-director provocateurs Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg.
Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. There alone, she comes across an assortment of peculiar characters, including her driver and most obsessive fan, his explosively jealous wife, and the progressively more unhinged man who owns the farm that’s hosting her. Totally out of place in her new surroundings—for one, she is always dressed for glamorous, big-city life—Robin discovers just how dangerous these oddballs may be. Bathed in dreamy atmospherics and streaked with offbeat humor, the film pays an homage to Brian De Palma’s oeuvre and a host of fabulously chic Seventies genre pics.
BLOOD PARADISE marks the feature debut of Swedish electro-pop musician BABY YAGA (Winter) and German director Patrick von Barkenberg. Barkenberg, a graduate of the American Film Institute, shot the film with partner Winter at Winter’s family home in the Swedish countryside. Winter composed the haunting score and songs, while producing the picture and also playing the lead role of Robin Richards.
Winter says, “Like my music, Artsploitation explores the dark aspects of ourselves but is also not afraid to embrace the campy and the bizarre. We are thrilled by the prospect of joining the Artsploitation family with our first feature. We love Ray’s visionary catalog of idiosyncratic, provocative cinema that elevates the horror genre in intriguing ways and we are beyond excited to introduce our baby to audiences in North America.“
Artsploitation Films have acquired all North American rights and plans for a second quarter 2019 release followed by availability on home video outlets, collaborating with Aspect Ratio on a theatrical release at select venues.
The picture premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies Festival in New York, and will make its International Premiere at the Molins Film Festival in Spain on 12th November.