Blood Craft (2019)

Director: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Madeleine Wade (Screenplay)

Starring: Madeleine Wade, Augie Duke, Michael Welch, Dave Sheridan, Mark Rolston, Dominique Swain

 

Plot: Two sisters who suffered abuse as children at the hands of their sadistic father decide, after his death, to use witchcraft to bring his spirit back to get revenge.


Tagline – How far would you go for revenge?

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Disturbing Horror Revenge

 

Story: Blood Craft starts when a stripper Grace (Wade) gets news of her abusive father’s death forcing her to return home to see her sister Serena (Duke) and face the memories from their past, with Minister father (Sheridan) and their mother Hilde (Swain) who was terminally ill when they grew up, but did teach the girls the early stages of witch craft.

Serena talks Grace into using their witchcraft to bring their father back to life they can punish his spirit for what he made the girls do when they were growing up.

 

Thoughts on Blood Craft

 

Characters – Grace is the eldest daughter, she left the abuse, heading off into the world, turned to stripping, she is making a health living. With the news her father has died, she returns home to face the nightmares of her past, to confront her father’s spirit. She has managed to hide away most of the abuse in her life. Serena never managed to escape their father’s abuse, she has worked on ways of getting back at him, which involves witchcraft, only this will see her talk Grace into turning to these arts, as she doesn’t forget any of the abuse they suffered.

PerformancesMadeleine Wade in the leading role gives us a wonderful performance of a lady haunted by her past, not wanting to enter her past, living the best way she can after a life of trauma. Augie Duke brings us a character that does remain calm through the situation the character has been through. Michael Welch does take on a dual role at times, neither does he get to show any true determination. Dominique Swain might be the big name draw, but her role is only in the supporting role not getting enough time even though her scenes are big impact.

StoryThe story here follows two sisters that want to make the spirit of their abusive father pay for what he once did to them, it involves witchcraft, which shows how adults can look to deal with abuse. The dealing with abuse is easily the highlight of the story’s quality because it shows how two different adults have dealt with it and shows just how much damage it can have on the victims. Mental health has been used in horror before and always makes it one of the more powerfully elements from the real world. when it comes to the revenge side of the film it can be seen as something different because it asks the question on how to deal with revenge on the dead? The story is also filled with plenty of twists along the way, which surprise and become even more disturbing along the way.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from dealing with the real world abuse the sisters have experienced and how they are planning to confront it. We do get elements of witchcraft which works, though isn’t truly as scary as it could have been.

SettingsThe film is set in one location, the house where the sisters grew up, suffered their abuse, it keeps the problems they are dealing with in house, which is what is need for them to confront them.

Special EffectsThe effects are simple enough, we don’t get many, but the ones we get are used we enough.


Scene of the Movie –
The morning after.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There was a lot more to process than I was expecting.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that digs deep with the emotional factors, it tackles real-world problems and shows the extremes two people would go to confront them.

 

Overall: Shocking and Disturbing.

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Pet Graveyard (2019)

Director: Rebecca Matthews

Writer: Suzy Spade (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica O’Toole, David Cotter, Hindolo Koroma, Rita Siddiqui, Katie Milner Evans, Hattie Willow

 

Plot: A group of teens are tormented by the Grim Reaper and his pet after undergoing an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Afterlife Delight

 

Story: Pet Graveyard starts when struggle college student Lily (O’Toole) is pressured by her internet famous brother Jeff (Cotter) to take part in one of his latest videos, one that will push the boundaries of science and the natural world in a hope to speak to their late mother. Joining the siblings are Zara (Siddiqui) and Francis (Koroma) who are both wanting to reconnect with lost ones.

The three will kill themselves to travel to the afterlife, where they do get to see the lost loved one before Lily brings them back to life. The problems start when the three start getting haunted by what they saw because once you enter the afterlife it doesn’t want to let you go.

 

Thoughts on Pet Graveyard

 

Characters – Lily is the student nurse that has been struggling with her grades after the death of her mother, she reluctantly agrees to help her brother with his latest stunt video, being trained to bring the back from the afterlife, she is the one that investigates when the strange events start happening to the three that went to the other side. Jeff is the now daredevil internet celebrity looking for his latest fix for views, he does want to see his mother once again after how they last saw each other, he will need to let lily help once the experiment starts having darker side effects. Zara is one of the other people to take part, she wants to see her little brother again, she is the first to go under, giving us the idea of what we will be experiencing. Francis is the third member of the experiment, he wants to reconnect to the girlfriend he lost, he tries to go back to his normal life after, but what haunts him will not stay away.

PerformancesWe have four main actors in this film, Jessica O’Toole does take the leading role with her needing to balance the grief and responsibility required for character. David Cotter does make us believe we are watching an internet celebrity figure, or at least one trying to become a superstar, bringing the carefree attitude to life. Rita Siddiqui brings her characters traditional beliefs to the film which works for the supporting roles, with Hindolo Koroma completing the cast with supporting performance that works well.

StoryThe story follows four people that perform an experiment to visit lost loved one only for the grim reaper to come calling for them. The first element of the story we need to address, is the title of the film, this has nothing to do with pets, in fact it is closer to Flatliners. Getting past this, we do have an interesting horror that does address the question about whether you should try to community with the dead or not. When it comes to the figure that visits, we do get a new looking figure that is one you wouldn’t want to meet, that does give a unique kills too. It might have certain moments that are by the book, but for a horror story this is easy to follow and that’s all we need.

HorrorThe horror comes from the visit to the afterlife, the figure that comes for the victims, it does feel like we could have a new horror figure too.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple, we have the ritual location which is filled with spiritual creepiness, while the rest of the settings include everyday life, showing how the hauntings will follow them home.

Special EffectsThe effects are simple, we only use them when needed and they don’t look out of place.


Scene of the Movie –
The afterlife world.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The cat.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong horror that will ask a question about the afterlife, introduces us to a potential new horror icon and has unique kills.

 

Overall: A new horror killer is born.

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