GenreAdventure, Comedy, Horror Distributed byTroma Entertainment Duration CountryUnited States
CastNick Sommer (Craig Wilson), Mike Johnson (Teddy Bender), Sarah Luther (Laura), Emily Treolo (Rachel), Andrew Swant (The Creature), Ross Bachhuber (Jef Bolstead) Release dateMay 20, 2010 (2010-05-20) GenresHorror, Comedy, Adventure Film Similar moviesDrew Rosas directed Blood Junkie and Billy Club
TaglineA harmless trip finds harm's way...
Blood Junkie (originally filmed under the working title Rocky Trails) is a 2010 American independent comedy horror movie that was written and directed by Drew Rosas. The film was released on May 20, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was later released on DVD through Troma Entertainment in 2011. The film stars Nick Sommer, Mike Johnson, Emily Treolo, and Sarah Luther, and follows a group of teenagers that go out into the woods to get high but end up getting killed one by one.
Several teenagers go out into the woods in order to have fun, drink alcohol, and smoke pot. While out there, Teddy (Mike Johnson) begins to tell the others stories about the old chemical plant. Years ago an explosion caused the closure of the plant and the body of the plant's night operator was never found. Teddy claims that he read in his grandfather's journal that there is a manbeast in the woods that would mutilate livestock. The group decides to travel to the old chemical plant to check it out, only to discover that there is something dangerous living there.
Nick Sommer as Craig Wilson
Mike Johnson as Teddy Bender
Sarah Luther as Laura
Emily Treolo as Rachel
Andrew Swant as The Creature
Ross Bachhuber as Jef Bolstead
Chris Chuzles as Hitchhiker
Bobby Ciraldo as Billy the Butt
Brady Cohen as Andy
Kelly Cunningham as Rachel's Boobs
Eric Gerber as Radio Reporter (voice)
Kelly Hendzel as Speed Walker
Carrie Hitchcock as Mrs. Bender
Dave Kiehl as Hank Sanders
Anne Killelea as Jenifer Gantly
Rosas has stated that he began working on Blood Junkie partially as "a retaliation against uber-stylized horror filmmaking and the unadulterated rebooting and mutilation of the classic 80s franchises" but also because it was "a stylistic choice based on the materials and film assets I had at my disposal". He created half of the music in the film using a Korg polysynth keyboard and Rosas had several of his friends create the other portions of the movie's soundtrack. He had originally planned to make Blood Junkie as a short 30-40 minute film, but later decided to stretch the film into a feature-length film, adding more material to the film and allowing the actors to improvise on the set.
Critical reception for Blood Junkie was generally positive. Common elements of praise centered around Rosas's attempt to make the film feel as if it was made in the 1980s, and HorrorNews.net commented that they "would not have known the difference" if they had not known the film's creation date beforehand. The reviewer for Ain't It Cool News marked the film as one of their favorite horror films released so far that year, saying that at first they "wondered if this was untalented folks making a bad film or if it was talented folks going out of their way to make a good film that looks like a bad film. Turns out it is the latter." The San Francisco Bay Guardian called it a "keeper" and said that Troma "can't help but release a good movie once in a while."
JoBlo.com gave the movie a more mixed review, saying that the homages in the movie felt a little "too derivative, without adding much of a twist to the 80s horror conventions" but that ultimately "the effort is still there to provide some nostalgic entertainment, and that's the big thing." ReelFilm panned the movie overall, stating that it was a "well-intentioned yet entirely underwhelming low-budget effort."