|Directed by||Alex Orr|
|Written by||Hugh Braselton, Alex Orr|
|Starring||Anna Chlumsky, Katie Rowlett, Mike Brune|
|Distributed by||TLA Releasing|
Blood Car is a 2007 black comedy film set in the not-too-distant future where gasoline prices have become exorbitant ($30+ US/gallon). Things take a turn for the worse when a kindergarten teacher (Mike Brune) invents a car that runs on a different fuel source: blood.
Archie Andrews is a vegan kindergarten teacher who buys products from Lorraine's vegetarian road side stand. He is developing an engine that runs on wheatgrass with no results until he accidentally cuts his finger and the blood falls in the wheatgrass, which filters to the engine and then causes it to run.
Andrews then tests his car out and offers a ride to Denise, who runs a meat stand and is a rival to Lorraine. After Denise expresses an interest in Archie (believing he can afford 30+ dollars a gallon gasoline), he drives her home, but runs out of fuel. Archie turns to hunting animals, but they do not provide sufficient blood. He turns to larger prey such as predatory people, and eventually, settles for any victim after rebuilding a more efficient blood engine.
The government, which has been tracking Archie's progress, eventually offers him any position he wants, provided he can create more "Blood Cars" after the original is destroyed, and his existence is erased. Archie is concerned where the fuel for the new cars will come from, and the federal agents promise him it will come from invalids, convicted criminals, and the homeless. Archie agrees. Images of Archie's rise as President are cut with the government agents murdering Lorraine, Denise, his kindergarten students, and anyone that saw him developing the Blood Car.
Blood Car has been shown at various film festivals, including:
- Atlanta Film Festival, 2007
- Austin Film Festival, 2007
- Cinequest, 2007
- Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF)
- Toronto After Dark Film Festival
- Edinburgh International Film Festival
Blood Car was winner of the New Visions Award at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival. Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival Winner - Best Feature Narrative Film at the 2007 Philadelphia FirstGlance Film Festival Winner - Best Narrative Feature Film Award at the 2007 Atlanta Underground Film Festival Winner - Audience Award 2007 Faux Film Festival Winner - Best Feature – 2007 Backseat Film Festival
United Kingdom release
Though filmed in 2007, the film released in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2012.
- Upír z Feratu, another film involving a car that uses blood for fuel
- Road Kill, film about a road train that uses a pulp made by grinding human bodies for fuel
- Blood Drive, a TV series centered on a road race with cars that use blood for fuel
- Blood Car at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cult Leader: Bucket Seat Of Blood: 'Blood Car' is Cinequest's cult hit, Steve Palopoli, Metroactive, March 7–13, 2007
- Cinequest Blood Car, Dennis Harvey, Variety, April 2, 2007
- AFF Wants To Take You For A Ride in Blood Car Archived February 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Austinist.com, 30 January 2008, retrieved 1 April 2010
- Cinequest Presents the 2007 Award Winners, Cinequest Film Festival 17, February 23 - March 7, 2007