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Bloodhound

You ever get that feeling your stomach that something bad is going to happen?  That’s the question the private investigator at the center of this thriller asks us during Blood Hound’s wild (an unexpected) opening.  Pay attention to that scene.  While the violent events that it documents might rattle our insides (as well as splatter the windows), its sudden violence lays the foundation for EVERYTHING that follows as our PI follows people who get turned down by hookers near Occidental Boulevard and winds up saving their lives.  And it is all caught on camera.

"Like Nightcrawler and Se7en before it, Blood Hound puts the night and the neon in atmosphere and creeps viewers out with smarmy characters and sleazy locations"


Keep in mind, that's just the opening of the movie, too.  

Los Angeles.  It is, literally, always buzzing with some neon-soaked activity.  Private Investigator Able Walker (Ed Ackerman) knows this.  Always on the hunt for whatever nefarious activity he has been hired to look into, he’s become rather frank in the face of danger and natural consequences.  But all that’s about to change when his new assignment, locating a missing woman somewhere in the city, has him looking down the wrong end of a gun.

Written and directed by Jason R. Miller, producer of Hatchet II and Adam Green's Frozen, Blood Hound is a whip-smart production that is nestled squarely on the performance of Ed Ackerman (Frozen, 17 Again) as private investigator Abel Walker.  From the first frame lit by his snappy narration to the final cut made in the case, Ackerman is, at once, charming, charismatic, and completely in charge of creating a character that is dynamic and truly believable.  If he were not this fully in command of putting life into this PI, Blood Hound, no matter how sharp its B-roll is, simply would not work. {googleads}

Thankfully, that is not the case here.  Walker is a damn cool character.  What happens to him is, by design, disturbing as fuck.  Like Nightcrawler and Se7en before it, Blood Hound puts the night and the neon in atmosphere and creeps viewers out with smarmy characters and sleazy locations as Walker goes in search of one man’s missing ex-wife.  

As a former occupant of Los Angeles, seeing the locations used throughout this smart film - especially through the POV-styled shoot as Walker and his cameraman Jim, hired specifically for a new documentary series, thrust themselves into the mystery of this girl’s disappearance following clues and strangers wherever they lead - reminded me of just how structurally cool the city is.  

Because this assignment quickly turns on them and becomes a game of life and death as the city, full of dangerous alleys and low-rent motels, crackles beneath their feet as they find themselves, at first, chasing strangers and then, thanks to a midnight visitor, becoming the hunted.Bloodhound

Co-starring David Foy (Hatchet II) as Jim , Miles Dougal (Director’s Cut, Detroit Rock City), Jess Allen (Broken Glass), and Silvia Moore (Lords of Salem, Chillerama), Blood Hound is made more beautiful and unsettling thanks to the crackling cinematography of Dustin Pearlman who definitely mines the locations for expression and atmosphere. keeping this film buzzing with cityscapes and solid POV shots as the mystery of this woman’s disappearance grows.

With an electronic score that simply pulsates with charged rhythm, Walker and Jim discover that all is not as it seems and, rather suddenly, they find themselves in over their heads with a case that has them going it alone.  With no cops and no backups, they go it alone and uncover a truth that probably should have been left for someone else to uncover.

Get your leashes and your shock collars ready, Blood Hound premieres on DVD and Digital January 7 from High Octane Pictures.

4/5 stars

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Bloodhound

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Jason Richard Miller
Writer:
Jason Richard Miller
Cast:
Alexandre Chen, Ed Ackerman, Amy Tsang
Genre
: Comedy | Crime
Tagline:
They're giving Dirty Rotten Men a run for their Money.
Memorable Movie Quote: "These men are dangerous."
Distributor:
High Octane Pictures
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Release Date:
January 7, 2019
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Synopsis: Private investigator Abel Walker along with his cameraman, Jim, are on the hunt for a missing woman. As they unravel the mystery of her disappearance, they become caught in a sick and violent game that will end in murder.

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