LOVE LIES BLEEDING – “A slice of grimy pulp with a large helping of WTF”

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Directed by: Rose Glass (Saint Maud – 2019)

MAIN CAST

Kristen Stewart as Lou
Katy O'Brian as Jackie
Ed Harris as Lou Sr.
Jena Malone as Beth
Anna Baryshnikov as Daisy
Dave Franco as JJ

SYNOPSIS

In the 1980s, reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou's crime family.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Rose Glass’ sophomore feature offering, Love Lies Bleeding, is a slice of grimy pulp with a large helping of WTF. Yes, it’s safe to say that this movie is likely not what you expect it to be – at least as it relates to the bonkers finale. Let’s just say that the gonzo additions will surely divide audiences. You see, Glass incorporates several surreal elements into the narrative (choices were made). It all adds up to a haunting, trippy, and oh so sweaty viewing experience. The movie is vibe, that’s for sure. It’s also unfortunately a case of style over substance. Despite plenty of blood and body bags (the dead bodies pile up significantly), the 80s throwback noir storyline lacks a certain bite. It’s always entertaining mind you, but the synth-heavy score and gritty production design can only do so much. Luckily, the impressive cast hits their marks. Kristen Stewart and Ed Harris are especially effective, while Katie O’Brian holds her own in a (literally) powerful turn as a desperate body builder with a bad case of roid rage. So, in the end, there’s no denying that Love Lies Bleeding provides plenty of muscle pumping jolts. But, by trying a little too hard to shock us, the twisted love story becomes a baffling horror show more times than not.

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