“BLOOD PARADISE”—   A Swedish Horror/Comedy


 A Swedish Horror/Comedy

Amos Lassen

“Blood Paradise”, the Swedish horror-comedy from producer-director provocateurs Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg will be released through Artsploitation Films early in 2019. Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. There alone, she comes across an assortment of peculiar characters, including her driver and most obsessive fan, his explosively jealous wife, and the progressively more unhinged man who owns the farm that’s hosting her. Totally out of place in her new surroundings—for one, she is always dressed for glamorous, big-city life—Robin discovers just how dangerous these oddballs may be. Bathed in dreamy atmospherics and streaked with offbeat humor, the film pays an homage to Brian De Palma’s oeuvre and a host of fabulously chic Seventies genre pics.

Paradise marks the feature debut of Swedish electro-pop musician BABY YAGA (Winter) and German director Patrick von Barkenberg. Barkenberg, a graduate of the American Film Institute, shot the film with partner Winter at Winter’s family home in the Swedish countryside. Winter composed the haunting score and songs, while producing the picture and also playing the lead role of Robin Richards.

“Blood Paradise” actually began in Winter’s dramatic writing class .  Winter started writing there and couldn’t stop even after graduating. Everything began to come together when she met Patrick von Barkenberg.  Winter knew she had found the perfect creative partner in order to make her first feature film

According to Winter, “Blood Paradise” “steals upon you in the dark and blows out your tires.” 

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