Sometimes, especially these times in particular, you want to escape the hellish reality you now live in and go to a world where nothing makes sense and is totally absurd and ridiculous. And by you, I mean me. I want to escape the current hellish reality through ridiculous comedy movies. I found a great film for that in Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death. The over-the-top horror-comedy was written and directed by Justin Armao. It’s a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, which is precisely what I did.
The film takes place after the first one I did not see, entitled simply Bloodsucka Jones. There is an extremely brief synopsis at the beginning of the film, which contains the happenings of the first movie, however. There are zombies, which Bloodsucka refers to as the “creeping death,” on the loose everywhere. Vampires Stewart (Matt Kelly) and Kenny (William Cutting), and humans David (Justin Armao) and Timmy (Brian Girard) are trying to find a way to battle the zombie hordes or just make it out alive. They enlist the help of their friend, the afro-donning Bloodsucka Jones (Preston Grant). What follows is a silly romp through a world that borrows heavily from the worlds of Troma Entertainment (except with no boobs) and many disparate ’80s comedies such as Police Academy and Repo Man.
“…a world where zombies exist, so weird stuff is bound to happen.”
Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death is a very spirited movie. There’s a lot going on in every frame from start to finish. Action, jokes, songs, a lot more jokes are pelted at you throughout its run-time. While it’s obvious that the film is working with a low budget, the cinematography by Randy Van D**e is impeccable. The acting is great, and all the characters have their chance to be hilarious. There’s equal opportunity humor. Everyone gets made fun of or does something completely absurd. If I could highlight the reason that I like Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death, it would have to be the total absurdity of it all. The characters are living in a heightened reality, and a world where zombies exist, so weird stuff is bound to happen.
I’m sure that if I had seen the first Bloodsucka Jones movie, I would like it even more and be more in tune with the characters and their motivations. However, I liked it even without seeing its predecessor, which is a rarity amongst sequels. I am very much inclined to go watch the first film as soon as I’m done writing this review. I think it’s safe to say that if you liked the first film, then you will also enjoy Bloodsucka Jones vs. The Creeping Death. Justin Armao has created a fun series of films that lampoons the horror and blaxploitation genres while also living in a completely different world than this one. I think it’s a big accomplishment, and I look forward to the next entry into the Bloodsucka Jones echelon. If you enjoy exploitation films of any kind, you gotta take some time to watch this movie. It’ll likely become a future favorite.
"…they enlist the help of their friend, the afro-donning Bloodsucka Jones..."