3 out of 10
Release Date: 29th February 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Darren James King (Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters)
Cast: Paul Lee King, Mickey Curate, Steve Collins, Steven Arnold, Rory Locke, Mehmet Halit, Danny Howard, Senel Karava, Mark Sears, Paul Reg King, Saffron Sprackling with Darren James King and Jerry Anderson
Writer: Paul Lee King
Trailer: BLOOD FEUD
Whilst the second King Brothers feature is a lot more focussed than Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters, they’ve still got a long way to go. Blood Feud benefits from a decent performance by unknown Mickey Curate. Given a better script, he could have impressed. With the writer Paul Lee King also breathing down your neck, you’re hardly going to ask for better lines are you?
With a plot pinched from the half-baked Stand-Up Guys, Grace (PAUL LEE KING) has 24 hours to kill his best friend Paul (MICKEY CURATE) who’s been release from jail after 12 years for taking the rap for killing Ray’s (STEVE COLLINS) son. During the intervening years Grace has become a Christian, so he no longer sniffs drugs, drinks beer or thumps people. He’s also become a preachy Christian, who mopes about talking about the past and the evils of hedonism. He still takes Mickey down the pub and to the local brothel though, and gets in loads of scraps with Ray’s men. There’s also a cameo by a third King Brother (or cousin or parent), Paul Reg King who plays cinema’s most unlikely priest who acts like the equivalent of Q in James Bond. Instead of a weapon he gives the unlikely heroes a platitude to use against anyone that’s going to hit them.
There’s a lot of preaching about walking the righteous path in this, and it seems that good will win out in a way, but as much as the script tries to make Grace out to be a good man tortured by a bad past, I think the film is written by scallies that don’t know the meaning of a what it means to be truly good beyond the cartoonish. There’s more downcast misery here than ten years of 1980s-era Eastenders. Humour is unintentional, particular Paul’s request to “stop talking about all this emotional shit and get some hard core sex.” I wondered for a minute whether they were former lovers but then they go to a knocking shop but nothing goes right even then. Except for the viewer who gets to see loads of boobs.
The fight sequences are pretty good this time around. No back flips or roundhouses needed, just some good punch ups to do the trick. There is one fight though that just decends into two people rolling around in a pile of well placed cardboard boxes…great fun!
For a no budget crime thriller, this isn’t as crap as Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters, so whilst there are feint signs of improvement and recognition of its own limitations, a better script would have gone a long way. Mickey Curate carries the weight as writer/actor Paul King struggles to convey his pain or love of Christ. The flashbacks and back story are bit hard to piece together too. And the whole thing could be reinterpreted into a massive day out to win a hug off Ashley (STEVEN ARNOLD) from Coronation Street.
3 out of 10 – Thoughtful but off-key. Preachy and unintentionally moronic it’s still a big improvement on Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters.
Review below by Matt The Shusher Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Paul Lee King: Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters
- Mickey Curate: Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters
- Steven Arnold: Coronation Street (TV)
- Rory Locke: Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters
- Mark Sears: I Am Hooligan
- Danny Howard: Haunted 2, Essex Boys – Law of Survival, Hooligans At War
- Saffron Sprackling: Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters
- Darren James King: I Am Hooligan, Essex Boys – Law of Survival, Looters, Tooters and Sawn-Off Shooters
- Jerry Anderson: Bonded By Blood 2, Cryptic, A Hitman In London, Full English Breakfast