Friday, April 23, 2021

Joe D'Amato's Jaws-Rip Off Deep Blood (1990) Severin Films Blu Ray Review

Deep Blood (1990) Severin Films 4/27/2021

Directed By: Joe D'Amato 

Starring: Frank Baroni, Cort McCown, Keith Kelsch 

Disclaimer: Severin Films has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections. 

    We all love blockbuster rip-off movies. I mean, we should all love them anyways. And, the amazing folks at Severin has re-released 1990'S Deep Blood by genre favorite Joe D'Amato. A group of friends make a pack to stick together one summer. Flashforward, the now adult crew must once again band together after a possessed shark eats one of them.  

     Joe D'Amato is pretty much known for wonderfully grimy, sleazy films like the 1981 Halloween rip-off Absurd, and hardcore horrors like the subtly named Porno Holocaust (1981)  (a riff on Cannibal Holocaust) and of course directing some of the Emmanuelle series. Deep Blood it seems was Joe's attempt at doing something that had a more wider commercial appeal. While not my favorite of the Jaws knock-off's (that would probably be Cruel Jaws), Deep Blood has some really interesting stuff going on. Clearly the film is trying to hook its audience with characters that have pathos and dimension. It doesn't work but hell, I will give the filmmakers credit for the attempt. I also liked how the shark is driven by an evil presents. Sure, the scariest thing about Jaws is the sudden and randomness but this supernatural element at least mixes things up abit. 

    For as much as the movie attempts to be a good film it still suffers from a meandering plot, gaps in logic and flatly written characters. It sadly also is never over-the-top enough to cross that sweet sweet threshold of 'so-bad-its-enjoyable'. Still, it has enough cheesy moments and absurdly written dialogue to make it engaging enough. 

A cheap-cheesy Jaws rip-off that seems best suited to a crowd of like-minded midnight fans cheering and jeering all the way through. 

Picture: Right from the very first frame you can tell Severin has done a nice job at restoring this now thirty-year old movie. There is a noticeable brightness uptick and and clarity. I was really impressed by how the film has very little to no artifacts and even grain is smoothed out nicely. Furthermore, the movie doesn't look overly processed either. For fans of Joe D'Amato, which I very much include myself, this is a true treat! 

Sound: Deep Blood has a nice clear 2.0 track. Dialogue and sound design come through with a nice clarity and complaints the great film transfer. 

Extras: Extras include a trailer. 

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