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World Premiere

USA | 80 MINUTES | English | English subtitles


Horror, LGBTQIA, Thriller
Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose—as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

With his previous films, Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, Bliss roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, Bliss harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm.

—Matt Barone


Directed by Joe Begos

Joe Begos made his feature debut with Almost Human, which made its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and was distributed by IFC Midnight. His second film, the telekinetic revenge thriller The Mind’s Eye, world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 and won Begos Best Horror Director at Fantastic Fest.
Joe Begos
Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper, Caroline Metz, Lyle Kanouse, Audrey Wasilewski
Joe Begos
Mike Testin
Josh Ethier
Executive Producer
Terry Shaikh
Brian Dutton, Matt Mercer
Steve Moore
Steve Moore
Production Designer
Adele Fenner
Costume Designer
Adriane Shown
Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield,Jeremy Gardner, Graham Skipper, George Wendt


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