If a filmmaker made a few films no one really wanted to see then made a documentary about those films no one wanted to see? This is exactly the case of Rob Grant’s FAKE BLOOD. After making the little seen low budget horror flicks, YESTERDAY and MON AMI, writer/director Rob Grant and his actor buddy, Mike Kovac receive a disturbing fan video inspired by their previous horror movie Mon Ami, motivating them to make a documentary investigating the responsibility of filmmakers in portraying violence in movies. In their so-called pursuit of the truth they are unwittingly introduced to the real world of violent criminals and their victims.
The question is whether the duo provides any insight on the portrayal of violence in movies. The answer is a clear no. This can be observed by the unchallenging and made-up-interview-questions-as-they-go-along during the interviews. Grant and Kovac spend half the time explaining the pathetic reason for making the doc to the interviewees who end up in all cases milking the duo for some money to speak on camera.
The question on the filmmakers responsibility on violence is already answered by Grant early into the movie. His answer is that the filmmakers job is to entertain. No one really bothers, or cares, whether the violence or a killing is accurate. In many cases, they go an extreme lengths to seek out individuals who have seen violence or real fights. I do not see the difficulty here, as I have seen real fights and violence (though not a killing) first hand. And the interviewed do not provide any fresh information either.
A point to note is that the film makes no disclaimer that it is bot based on any true or real characters. This, implies of course, that what is seen on the screen is real, but there is no real proof, just supposition. There is no film governing board that checks this.
Another glaring problem of FAKE BLOOD is whether what is documented is true or false. The killer interviewed on film is played by an actor and what he says could have been real or made up, no one knows. The film plays with a bit of comedy, but the apparent seriousness of the matter excludes it from being classified a mockumentary, which means that the film could be entire fiction, but just made documentary style for it to classify a documentary. An example is the 2005 British film BROTHERS OF THE HEAD by directors Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe that plays like a real serious documentary only that the Siamese twins never existed in real life.
But ultimately, what transpired on screen in uninteresting and boring. Grant tackles a minor subject that really dos not impact anybody. Does anyone really imitate the violence on screen? Even if they do, it is hard to prove (interviewing a few killers will never prove anything conclusive) and violence in real life will always be there, regardless.