In the 70s, there was a cool trend of exploitation movies having a message. Usually it was something that today would be called 'liberal', but it was a message that didn't get out in any other form. Well, Andrew Copp has taken that attitude and applied it to a movie he's made today called Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain, it's a horror movie, but it's one with a message that needs to be heard.
Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain is a tale of two soldiers coming home from the war in the Mideast who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (a disorder that the government no longer recognizes as a medical issue!). One soldier is trying to put her life back together, while dealing with flashbacks of what she's been through, with the help of a friend who's a Vietnam Vet. The other soldier has become unhinged and believes that he's still on a mission to kill dissidents here in the U.S., leading him to leave a trail of bodies in his wake, bodies that are often posed in torture positions. It's inevitable that the two worlds will collide, and when they do, you know it's not going to be pretty!
Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain is clearly an attempt to capture that guerilla filmmaking attitude that prevailed in low budget cinema in the 70s, and, while I truly appreciated that, sadly Copp's budget constrained him so much that the movie suffered a bit. Not to the point of ruining the movie, but you can clearly see that the movie would have been better if Copp had had the time and money that he really wanted. I'm giving Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain 3 out of 4 cigars, it's not perfect, but it's a cool throwback to a lost era of filmmaking and Copp should be commended for doing this! You can get a copy for yourself by clicking over to the Copp Films web page.