By Breanna Whipple
CALGARY – You’ve likely heard of Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys (1987), and digging a little deeper in the same vein you’re sure to strike its cinematic sibling, Near Dark (1987). Setting this duo apart from their vampiric predecessors is the avid use of realism — the portrayal of simple human-beings enslaved to a parsitic disease. Existing within a sub-genre formerly lavished with gothic romanticism and classical flair since Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula (1897), fresh blood was due to modernize the world of blood sucking hellions a century after their conceptual birth.
As well-versed as one may be within the universe of independent horror, an unfortunate reality is that Canada’s own contribution to the aforementioned sub-genre has seemingly fallen under the radar – a blissfully crimson fringe horror/comedy, cheekily entitled Blood and Donuts (1995).
The film follows a shaggy-hair bloodsucker with the unique name of Boya, who has been accidentally awoken by a golf ball since his initial slumber in 1969, 25 years prior. As he traipses the gritty landscapes of mid-90s Toronto, he becomes involved with a couple of mortals, in turn involuntarily accepting their issues with shady criminals as his own. Deeply hammering down the Canadiana roots of the film, world-renowned Canadian director and body horror icon, David Cronenberg, cameos as the primary antagonist throughout the duration of the film.
Though comparable in tone to genre films of the same decade, for example Leprechaun (1993), Blood and Donuts offers a unique viewing experience as it juxtaposes uncomfortable, grim visuals alongside a soundtrack chock-full of feel-good ’50s rock ‘n’ rool. Aside from appearing in the festival circuit in the mid-90s and a video release in 1996, the film is criminally under-seen. For those of you that maintain a penchant for cool, fun, vampire-horror, you’re in for a delectable treat.
Blood and Donuts screens during CUFF on April 18, 9:45 pm at the Globe Cinema.Blood and Donuts, CUFF, Near Dark, The Lost Boys