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Blood Fest is the third feature-length film by Rooster Teeth Productions. It is a Troperiffic horror comedy. Written and directed by Owen Egerton, it centers around three horror fans (Dax, Sam and Krill) who attend a horror movie-themed festival. Things going downhill as they (and the hundreds of others in attendance) quickly discover the weapons and monsters are real, and they're all trapped inside.


Blood Fest contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Technically Creator Allusion - at one point Walsh signs off by calling someone a "cockbite". What's a literally translation of cockbite? Rooster Teeth.
    • When Gavin Free dies in cameo, for a few seconds the blood spray from his death slows down into slow motion.
  • Adult Fear: Dr. Conway realizes his son is trapped in Blood Fest after it becomes a literal bloodbath, and is likely to be killed. Double points for him being the direct cause of Dax being in danger.
  • Always Save the Girl: During the last act, Dax's main motivation is saving Sam.
  • As Himself: Zachary Levi, who Ashley insists on calling Flynn Rider and telling her opinions about Tangled.
  • Bad Boss: Walsh and Dr. Conway set up their subordinates to die over the course of the film, too. This continues to happen even after one group arranges for the deaths of the others.
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  • Big Bad: Horror director Anthony Walsh may seem like this at first, but he later mentions a partner, revealed later on to be Dr. Vaughn Conway, making it a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Catchphrase: The Arborist has one ("You're about to be pruned, punk"), which diehard fan Dax tries to get his actor to say. He finally does it near the end. Slightly odd is when the serial killer portraying the Arborist is seen later in the film, he is mostly The Speechless in the same vein of Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees.
  • Closed Circle: Enforced. Cell phone calls are even intercepted by the overseers of the game, most of which are just shut off, but a few of which are given a brief glimmer of hope by lying that police are on their way.
  • Destination Defenestration: After Jayme stabs him in the chest, Dr. Conway goes flying out the window of Walsh's control tower.
  • Foreshadowing: A moment early on in the film where Walsh and Conway both describe Bloodfest as 'a gathering of degenerates and freaks' (one as a positive, the other as a negative) originally just seems to be a Description Cut joke. It's actually a hint that they're working together.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pausing during the Bloodfest advert near the start of the film shows multiple fake movie posters with Rooster Teeth alumni on them.
  • Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. Director Walsh does promise that those who "follow the rules" might have a chance of escaping the park alive, but it's largely a lie. As he explains to one of his underlings, he needs to give his characters "motivation" to try and stay alive. However, horror film enthusiasts Dax and Sam DO survive to the end of the film, thanks in part to their knowledge of how horror films are supposed to work (along with a healthy dose of dumb luck and Parental Favoritism).
  • Hate Plague: Towards the end of the film, the wristbands allowing entry to Bloodfest are used to trigger psychotic episodes in anyone wearing one, making them just as violent and deranged as any of the previous monsters in the park.
  • Karma Houdini: Jayme is the only person involved in running Blood Fest who manages to survive and escape in the end.
  • Knight Templar: Dr. Vaughn Conway, father of the protagonist Dax, is a psychologist with a firm hatred of the horror genre, which he feels glorifies blood and gore and encourages people to act out such fantasies in real life with dangerous consequences, such as the maniac who killed his wife. Thus he works with Walsh to create Blood Fest in order to wipe out everyone who loves and/or makes horror films in an attempt to destroy the industry.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Red, the main killer employed by Walsh who turns out to be Dax's sister Jayme. Also the guys in the pig masks with the chainsaws.
  • Monster Clown: A whole circus full of them. Walsh found them on Craigslist.
  • Mood Whiplash: Typical when the movie alternates between genuine horror and the more traditional comedy that Rooster Teeth is known for.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: In the climax Dax finally stands up to his horrible father, the thing that has always scared him, and declares this. It was never about the blood and gore, just a really awful parent figure.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Roger Hinckley, while not a complete villain, is something of a self-centered jerk who is more of The Load to the rest of the group as they try to escape Blood Fest. Eventually, he sacrifices himself so that Sam is able to survive a horrible death trap. He even gives his signature catchphrase for die hard fan Dax before he goes.
  • The Reveal: Dr. Conway, noted psychologist and father of the protagonist, is in on the whole Blood Fest massacre, and indeed even helped Walsh by supplying a lot of the killers involved. He did this in order to "kill" horror.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Red turns out to be Dax's sister Jayme.
  • The Stinger: A post-credits scene shows Anthony Walsh's hand emerging from the rubble clutching a broken remnant of his walking cane.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The people remote controlling the zombies think they're playing a realistic video game, and have no idea they're killing real people.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Jayme flees after the final showdown.
  • Villainous Rescue: Just as the protagonists are about to be killed by the clowns, the zombies show up and slaughter them, giving the group a chance to escape.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he decides he doesn't need them anymore, Walsh kills all the gamers controlling the zombies by means of grenade. Later, when the situation is reaching his climax, he lets his subordinates get wiped out by the above-mentioned Hate Plague. And then he himself is killed by Dr. Conway when the latter decides to end things and make him a scapegoat.


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