What happens when you combine hallucinations, freaky little town folk, and a bunch of severed bodies? A disturbing, yet dynamic drama by the name of Dry Blood. The screenplay was generated by genius creative writer Clint Carney, who also acts as a principal producer on this project. Dictating the direction of this macabre movie is Kelton Jones, who has guided casts and crews to success in a series of four other films. This high-powered pair also portray two essential and entertaining leads in this full-length feature. The plot centers around Brian’s battle between himself and his dark demons, struggling to differentiate between fact and fiction within mixed messages and meanings. He will begin to question his limits, loves and longing to stay sober; opening doors that may lead to further trauma and trouble. In the end, Brian Barnes will either be defined or defeated by his choices made on this mini-mission.
It is important to point out two of the top finest features in Dry Blood are remarkable casting and riveting cinematography. Carney is brilliant and believable as Brian Barnes, an addict attempting to isolate as a means to curb his cravings and harness his habits. The viewers will find themselves caught between sad and shocked by his actions and assertions. This is due to Carney’s superior capabilities as a character actor. Jones is both incredibly humorous and hair-raising as the local sheriff who spends his days stalking Barnes while withholding a secret agenda. He brings to life a character that will baffle and bewilder, and leaves his audience anxiously awaiting his next screen appearance. Both characters are perfectly placed to play off one another mentally, and it initiates some great on-screen intensity. Jayme Valentine adopts the role of Brian’s lost love, Anna. Valentine is convincing and cunning as both his intellectual inspiration and concerned former companion. She breathes empathy and electricity into her time on the theater screen. Robert V. Galluzzo is a new age comic in cinema, taking a simple store clerk and turning him into a very mellow version of the master himself, Jerry Lewis. Lastly, we have three supporting actors whose presence twist this tale into an even stranger story. They create a larger level of suspense and in some ways, sanity within the insanity of Brian Barnes. They should be remembered and recognized, and they are Macy Johnson, Graham Sheldon and Rin Ehlers. On a side note, excellent selection by the staff to use a musical selection by Guy Lombardo. Some of us love to listen to vintage music within a movie, so bravo! To conclude, Dry Blood is a scary, serious and somewhat strange flick. It allows you to escape real life drama and exchange it for conjectured cinematic chaos. Perhaps you will find that there is a little Brian Barnes in all of us – a being who struggles with his shortcomings and sense of stability.
Dry Blood was nominated for three awards at the 2017 Art is Alive Film Festival: Best Male Actor in a Short or Feature Film, Best Cinematography and Best Feature Film. The cast was awarded a win for Best Cinematography, a first for this festival category.