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Fringe Review: Summer of Blood

Summer of Blood

Robert Armstrong’s Summer of Blood is a humorous black comedy that caustically looks at the horror movie industry and questions the ownership of creativity.


Summer of Blood
Presented by Blancmange Productions
Reviewed 24 February 2014

There is something inside most of us – perhaps it’s the adrenaline flow – that enjoys a good scare. This need for fear is what has made shlock horror/slasher movies top box office hits. Robert Armstrong’s Summer of Blood is a humorous black comedy that caustically looks at the horror movie industry and questions the ownership of creativity.

Serious, sensitive writer, Simon (Brennan Muhoberac) puts aside writing the Great Australian Novel to collaborate with his actor mate, Bruce (Chris Miller) on a ‘slasher’ movie, Summer of Blood. It’s not long before Simon’s stand-up comic sister, Cat (hysterically played by Laura Holmes) decides to add her point of view to the script. The producer, money man Marty (Leof Kingsford-Smith) has his own ideas regarding the film, putting his bikini model mistress Ivory White (Mindy Fyfe) into the lead role.

Armstrong’s script is modern, Australian and fairly humorous. Along with Stephen Carnell’s direction, it mirrors various aspects of the shlock horror film industry, in particular, the out of control ending and the very stereotypical characters. To this extent, Carnell has his cast deliver some great real “acting” as opposed to “real acting” (or should that be ‘reel’ acting?!). Once one becomes comfortable with this, it works well.

Miller is excellent as actor and wannabe director Bruce, showing exceptional vitality. He works extremely well with Muhoberac, who channels sensitivity and prissiness superbly.

Summer of Blood entertains fairly well and should help fill up the gore level for those that need it.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey

Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Season: 24 February 2014 – 1March 2014
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $18.00-$25.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255

 

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