Review: Severin's 'Deep Blood' a Slapdash Genre Oddity

by Sam Cohen

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday May 7, 2021

One of the foremost purveyors of trash and sleaze from Europe was none other than Joe D'Amato, also known as Artistide Massaccesi. His production company Filmirage released a ton of films from notable Italian filmmakers, including Lucio Fulci, Michele Soavi and Umberto Lenzi, among others. This label was known for taking popular genres from abroad and producing films that capitalized on the popularity of those genres in other countries.

There are also the hardcore and softcore adult films that D'Amato made during this same time, but you surely get the gist by now that the man was able to tap into revenue streams by coming up with cheap rip-offs, a handful of which are transcendent in their sleaziness."Deep Blood" was his last word on sharksploitation and although it's not nearly as good as the gems found within D'Amato's career, it's still very unique in its resourcefulness; the terrible dialogue, story and effects all patched together to make something that resembles a finished film.

Severin Films brings "Deep Blood" to Blu-ray with a 1080p presentation sourced from a new 2K scan of the original camera negative. The presentation is overall very good and is most likely much more than a film of this nature deserves, but kudos to Severin for being kind to this genre rip-off oddity and giving it the definitive home entertainment release. And although there are no special features except for a theatrical trailer, a film of this nature is better watched than studied or expanded upon.

"Deep Blood" follows four boys ten years after they make a blood pact for mutual assistance in the case one of them kicks the bucket. Well, that time has come, as one of them is eaten by a giant shark that's possessed by a vengeful Indian spirit. Now, they must lure and kill the beast or their blood pact will break.

If it wasn't made abundantly clear above, "Deep Blood" is not even the low-budget cousin of "Jaws" or other shark attack movies, as much as it's a weary and tired rip-off that's just put together enough to get by. D'Amato was famous for using stock footage and footage from his previous films to fill in the gaps where needed, and that workaday attitude is in full force here. Unfortunately, the result is tiresome and not nearly as transgressive as D'Amato wanted the film to be known for.

Again, Severin Films has given "Deep Blood" the home release of a lifetime, for better or worse. If you're a fan of slapdash genre oddities, this may be worth a watch. Otherwise, I urge you to look up D'Amato's other films, some of which have already been released by Severin.

"Deep Blood" is now available on Blu-ray from Severin Films.