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Blood Games

video review out of 4 Movie Review: Blood Games

Starring: Gregory Cummings, Laura Albert
Director: Tanya Rosenberg
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: January 1990
Genre: Horror

*Also starring: Luke Shay, Ross Hagen, Shelly Abblett

Review by Dragan Antulov
½ star out of 4

Due to the events like 1985 Haysell stadium massacre or the dirty little war fought between Honduras and Salvador in 1969, people usually tend to associate sport-related bloodbath with soccer. But other sports also have the potential to incite events that would lead to large-scale homicidal violence. At least this happens to the protagonists of BLOOD GAMES, 1990 action thriller directed by Tanya Rosenberg, where the chain of escalating violence starts with something as innocent as a softball game in small American town. On one side we have a big-city team made entirely of gorgeous-looking women, while their opponents are local rednecks. Despite having to play in most uncomfortable circumstances girls manage to win, but the local bigwig who had arranged the game refuses to pay them. In such heated atmosphere a simple row between girls and the locals escalates into extremely violent conflict that would claim lives on both sides. With an entire town turned into one big lynch mob, girls are forced to run through the woods and use all their skills to survive and reach civilisation.

At first glance, BLOOD GAMES might look a low-budget version of DELIVERANCE with some kind of feminist spin. Unfortunately, the pseudo-feminism of the script is quickly compromised with the first sight of the protagonists, who are almost all played by actresses cast primarily because of their physical appearances - which indicates that BLOOD GAMES used to be made mostly for the male audience. However, any audience, whether it is male or female, is going to be disappointed with this film's atrocious acting and utterly predictable plot. Not even the nudity helps, and few humourous scenes failed to turn BLOOD GAMES into unintentional parody of itself.

Copyright 2001 Dragan Antulov

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