MOVIE REVIEW: BLOOD MACHINES IS A NEON-COLORED SCI-FI FEVER DREAM

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Blood Machines, the new film by Seth Ickerman (Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard) hits Shudder today, May 21st, in three mind-melting episodes.

Here is the official synopsis:

Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space.

On the surface, Blood Machines is about a robot uprising, where machines are gaining sentience and overtaking their makers. This is a common sci-fi trope. But what the film is saying on a subtextual level is much deeper. It is tapping into the male nightmare of sublimation by the matriarchy.

At first glance, the film is pure eye candy, with beautiful neon-tinged vistas of space, but it is really hinting at the battle of the sexes and turning the concept of female sexuality into female empowerment. The male lead, Vascan, is constantly under-estimating the female characters in the film. At one point after the soul of a spaceship is birthed as a naked woman, instead of seeing how incredible that moment is, he only sees that the woman is naked.

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He is later tricked into dropping his weapon through the implication of sex, and in typical European fashion, it is the promise of a three-way that gets him to let his guard down. The woman then uses the man as a puppet to lure in other men to their inevitable doom.

Whether you want to read deeper meaning into the film or not, Blood Machines is a spectacle to behold. And the music by Carpenter Brut is blisteringly good. It adds an epic level to the film that enhances all of the big, revealing shots of space. It is an amazing achievement that this film was made completely through crowdfunding.

Hopefully this will get Seth Ickerman a new film quickly. They are an important new voice whose exceptional visual sense deserves to be explored with a more wholly realized script.

Read the GSM Review of Carpenter Brut’s Blood Machines score here.

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