The Swedish indie horror film Bloodtracks premiered locally in February this year, but is now slated for a US and global release.
Directed by John Martin, Bloodtracks or Swedish bloodtracks – international title not yet decided – was shown to a local audience in February but has been offered a distribution contract by US based company Worldwide Multimedia. The final touches still remain, such as subtitles and a trailer, but according to Martin it’s just a matter of time before the DVD is released.
The low budget indie film, with original title Blodspår, is about a killer called The Midnight Killer who murders people in Timrå, a town in Northern Sweden where the film was also shot. The killer is caught, but manages to escape and starts killing again. The film has been made as a grindhouse production, which among other things means the film looks “old and worn”. Martin explains to a local newspaper that famous directors who has used this technique have paved the way for low budget films like Bloodtracks. The shooting started in 2008 with a 5 minute sequence but was not finished until this year, a common thing in indie productions where ambition usually is bigger than the budget.
A clip of the film was shown to Roger Corman, the king of B movies, and he commented that if the rest of the film was as good as the clip, he would want to release the film globally on his own label. This led to a distribution contract being offered by Worldwide Multimedia for a global DVD release of the film.
One of the main parts in the film, which is aimed at teens aged 13 – 18 years, is played by Glenn Wadell, who plays the policeman who attempts to catch the killer. This is the third time he has made a film together with Martin, who had previously directed one film prior to Bloodtracks. Hardy Grafström plays another big role, with another 100 people having contributed in front of or behind camera.
The film should not be confused with another Swedish film, called Blood Tracks from 1985.