Film
MIDNIGHT

BLISS

Directed by Joe Begos
FEATURE NARRATIVE 80 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BLISS
Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose—as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

With his previous films, Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, Bliss roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, Bliss harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm.

—Matt Barone
Horror, LGBTQIA, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Joe Begos made his feature debut with Almost Human, which made its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and was distributed by IFC Midnight. His second film, the telekinetic revenge thriller The Mind’s Eye, world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 and won Begos Best Horror Director at Fantastic Fest.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Midnight
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    80 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper, Caroline Metz, Lyle Kanouse, Audrey Wasilewski
  • Co-Producer:
    Brian Dutton, Matt Mercer
  • Cast:
    Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield,Jeremy Gardner, Graham Skipper, George Wendt
  • Cinematographer:
    Mike Testin
  • Composer:
    Steve Moore
  • Executive Producer:
    Terry Shaikh
  • Production Designer:
    Adele Fenner
  • Costume Designer:
    Adriane Shown
  • Editor:
    Josh Ethier
  • Composer:
    Steve Moore
  • Director:
    Joe Begos
  • Screenwriter:
    Joe Begos

Contacts
  • International Sales Contact
    Nicola Goelzhaeuser
    MPI Media Group
    Orland Park, IL 60467
    Phone: 708 873 3124
    nicola@mpimedia.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Nicola Goelzhaeuser
    MPI Media Group
    Orland Park, IL 60467
    Phone: 708 873 3124
    nicola@mpimedia.com
  • Print Source
    Josh Ethier
    Channel 83 Films
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    joshethier@me.com
  • Press Contact
    Daniela Sapkar
    Sapkar PR
    New York, New York 10011
    Phone: 646 644 4418
    daniela.markoska@sapkarpr.com