Life Blood (a.k.a. Pearsblossom and Murder World) is a supernatural horror thriller film released in 2009. The film was directed and produced by Ron Carlson.
On New Year's Eve 1969, a lesbian couple, named Brooke and Rhea, encounter the Creator of the Universe while driving on the Pearblossom Highway as they leave a party, when Brooke killed a rapist. The women are laid to rest for 40 years and awake New Year's Day 2009... as vampires. The film follows them as they are meant to lead a life of greater purpose.
Instructed to devour evil, and thereby gain eternal life, the story portrays their first 24 hours of survival as these reborn creatures. Brooke starts to go on a killing spree, to prove herself loyal to the Creator, while Rhea tries to put a stop to the chaos that Brooke started after she kills a sheriff, his deputies, a married couple on vacation, and a hitch-hiker.
Life Blood contains examples of:
- Angel Unaware: God, having already appeared to Rhea as God earlier in the film, appears again as the waitress in the diner at the end of the film.
- Asshole Victim: Warren James is portrayed as an arrogant movie star and a rapist. However, Brooke is an Unreliable Narrator and later admits that her original description of his death was not accurate.
- Attempted Rape: Brooke finds Warren James about to rape a woman, and kills him for it. She later admits not everything about her story was accurate however, so it's anyone guess if all this actually happened.
- Coincidental Broadcast: In 2009, Rhea and Brooke are able to catch a documentary that fills them in on what happened after they left the party in 1969. Justified in this case as Dan mentions that it is a rerun, and it makes sense they would be showing a documentary about the unsolved murder of a famous actor on the 40th anniversary of his death.
- Divine Race Lift: God appears as a Lipstick Lesbian wearing a diaphanous wrap and nothing else.
- Extremely Short Timespan: Apart from the prelude in 1969, the film chronicles Brooke and Rhea's first 24 hours as vampires.
- Gas Station of Doom: Rhea and Brooke decide to hole up in a remote gas station till the sun goes down; taking the clerk hostage. It is here that Brooke goes completely off the deep end and most of the killings occur.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Dan is noticeably turned when it looks like Rhea and Brooke are making out (Rhea is actually biting Brooke in order to feed on her).
- God: She comes to Rhea in the form a lesbian in very little clothing, granting Rhea eternal life as a vampire in return for killing evil people on Earth.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The events of the film take place over New Year's Eve/New Year's Day, although the date has no real bearing on the events.
- Ignore the Fanservice: When Brooke and Rhea enter the gas station, Rhea tells Brooke to distract Dan, the clerk, while she closes the blinds. However, Dan knows that if two gorgeous, scantily clad women enter his station and one of them starts flirting with him, then he's about to be robbed, and panics.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A super-powered punch from Rhea leaves Brooke impaled on a stop sign.
- Lesbian Vampire: Brooke and Rhea are lesbians who are transformed into vampires by God. The transformation does not change their sexual preference.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Brooke and Rhea are models who are also lesbians, and later they're lesbian vampires.
- Mission from God: God charges Rhea with killing evil people on Earth in Her name. Rhea only gets around to killing her girlfriend Brooke, who turns evil after both are made vampires.
- Neck Lift: The vampiric Brooke demonstrates to the overweight Dan that she is a serious threat by grabbing him round the neck with one hand and effortlessly hoisting him off the floor.
- Neck Snap: Brooke kills Rhea and Patricia by snapping their necks. Rhea gets better.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires are avenging angels created by God to punish the wicked. They are vulnerable to sunlight to remind them that their work must be done in darkness. Those killed by vampires do not rise as vampires themselves. They still feed on blood.
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: The 1969 New Year's Eve party is a decadent Swingin' Sixties party, with plenty of topless women and awash in booze and drugs.
- The Place: The film's two alternative titles, Pearsblossom and Murder World, both refer to locations: the film is set in Pearsblossom County, and Murder World is the name of tourist attraction at the Gas Station of Doom where Brooke and Rhea hole up (an attraction that seems to exist for the sole purpose of allowing this as a title).
- Pretty Little Headshots: The Sheriff is shot through the head and left with a single bullet wound in the centre of his forehead, and no exit wound. As he was shot with a 9MM, this should have realistically blown out a large chunk of the back of his skull.
- Punched Across the Room: A possibly fatal version when Rhea delivers an uppercut to Brooke that propels her into the air and leaves her Impaled with Extreme Prejudice as she comes down on top of a stop sign.
- Rise from Your Grave: Forty years after being transformed into a vampire, Brooke awakens and claws her way out of her shallow grave by the side of the road.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Dan escapes from the gas station, he flags down Deputy Felix's cruiser and tells him what has happened. Felix is less than convinced (unsurprising since Dan is babbling about vampires), but tells Dan to get in and they'll go to the station and investigate. Dan yells no way and takes off running down the road. As a result, he becomes one of the few characters to survive the film.
- Slashed Throat: Brooke kills Steve by slashing his throat with a boxcutter.
- Sunglasses at Night: The Sheriff never removes his sunglasses; even indoors at night.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Brooke stabs Warren 87 times, a fact that Rhea does not learn until she hears it on the television, and which certainly discredits Brooke's claim that it was self-defence.
- Vampire Bites Suck: Vampire feeding consists of literally biting a chunk out of the victim's neck and then sucking the blood out of the wound.
- Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: Brooke is so completely overwhelmed by the scent of Bill, the first human she encounters after being resurrected as a vampire, that she bites him and kills him despite Rhea's attempts to stop her.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While being held hostage in the gas station, Dan mentions that Pearsblossom County has been subject to a large number of unexplained deaths, and Brooke's first two murders are taken as being the work of this killer. This is never brought up again, and it is never revealed who or what is behind these other killings.
- Your Makeup Is Running: When Brooke finds the mostly naked Carrie on the floor cringing away from Warren, her mascara has run most of the way down her cheeks.
- Your Vampires Suck: Dan attempts to throw a jar of garlic salt in Brooke's face. She sneers at him and asks if he learned that from a comic book.