Back in 2016, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard (under the pseudonym “Seth Ickerman”) became internet sensations after directing Carpenter Brut’s “Turbo Killer” music video. Some seven million views and three years later, “Ickerman” returns with more hyper-stylized synthwave sensationalism in the fifty minute sequel Blood Machines. More intergalactic trance-pop imperialism, more Carpenter Brut nightline bass thumping, and way more crucifixion babes.
The story revolves around Vascan, his co-pilot Lago and their conscious spaceship AI console. The two bounty hunters are searching for Mima, a renegade ship piloted by an A.I. which is trying to free itself. However viewers of this film don’t really come for the plot. They come for the totally over the top acid drenched visuals and the bonkers psychotropic 80’s techno gratuity.
Special effects hit warp speed in a sensory overload which makes Nicolas Cage’s Mandy from last year look like and episode of Tom and Jerry. But whereas “Mandy” was a big budget Hollywood production, Blood Machines has been funded on Kickstarter and made for roughly £120,000.
Clocking in at 50 minutes, Blood Machines could be described as a glorified music video, and essentially that is what you get, but it’s the most over the top, WTF 50 minutes your gonna see for some time.