Writer: Richard LeMay (Screenplay)
Starring: Eden Brolin, Rosa Arredondo, Timothy Hughes, Gerald McCullouch, Kevin Spirtas, Vanessa Rubio, Joseph Melendez
Plot: Every 25 years, it begins. Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descend upon a small rural town to sacrifice 4 human lives, one being a member of their own family. The ritual begins when 18 year old Kerry, finding herself pregnant, realizes her unborn baby is the target of a sinister plot.
Tagline – Pray For Her
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Eerie & Chilling
Story: Blood Bound starts when Raul (Melendez) and his family move to a new town, they find themselves targets of the local thieves Sean (Nelsen), Brian (Davis) and Kerry (Brolin), only for the plan to take a strange twist, when Raul leads a cult which impregnate Kerry.
After that night Kerry, Sean and Brian find themselves are the mercy of Raul and his family who are controlling their action, making it difficult to even try and explain what happened that night, Kerry soon discovers her baby is part of the plot which sees 4 human lives being sacrificed.
Thoughts on Blood Bound
Characters – Kerry is the teenager girl that is about to finish high school and involved with a troublemaking gang that rob houses. One night the latest job sees them taken control off by the home owners and she becomes impregnated by them, she is left to wonder whether to keep the baby, even if she knows the fate she will be facing. Raul is the head of the household, he controls everything for both sides which will see him select the victims to the scheme. Sean is the boyfriend of Kerry’s who forces her into the robberies, he is controlling, but after that night he can’t handle what happened that night. David is the man selected to father the baby, he tries to comfort Kerry in the decision that is going to be made, believing he has been selected for this moment.
Performances – Eden Brolin in the leading role helps us feel the unease her character is feeling, this is a theme through the film with her performance only helping us feel that. Joseph Melendez as the head of the household strikes up a presence which makes us feel uncomfortable through the film, Ross Wellinger and Eric Nelsen complete the main cast which shows both of the difficult decision making their characters must make.
Story – The story here follows a young lady that becomes the target of a cult that want her baby to continue on their protection from a demonic figure that comes every 25 years. We see the strange goings on during the pregnancy which has an unease chilling tone to the events as Kerry learns about the family and what is going to be expected from her once the baby arrives, we see how the cut can force people into following their instructions no matter what and just how they have been getting away with this for generations. This does follow certain rules we have seen before, but with this story we do get to see moments of original ideas being used.
Horror – The horror from this movie comes from the world of witches and cults who will sacrifice for their own greater good.
Settings – The film uses the small-town setting, showing us just how they can get away with the crimes happening and just how the bodies never seem to get investigated.
Special Effects – The effects in the movie are only used in small amounts, this does help because it creates the moments, we need them, but lets the tension shine through more often than not.
Final Thoughts –This is one very eerie movie that has an incredible amount of tension throughout the film, it does follow certain known rules and does bring some of its own rules too.
Overall: Horror that has new tension.