Writer: Daniel Tucker (Screenplay)
Starring: Rachel Hudson, Jordan O’Neal, Nick Triola, Les Best, Vivian Glazier
Plot: A small-town journalist sent to cover the opening of a controversial church. As the ministry digs its roots into the town and its residents, her life takes an unexpected, violent turn that will shake her foundations to their very core.
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Cult Like Nightmare
Story: Nothing But the Blood starts as journalist Jessica (Hudson) looks to investigate a controversial church, she meets the Father (Best) whose words show they behaviour isn’t going to be good for the neighbourhood and when she meets Thomas (O’Neal) he finds himself in trouble with the church.
When the couple decide to have a baby together without marriage, they become the target for hate, they start receiving threats with the church looking over them, waiting for their next move.
Thoughts on Nothing But the Blood
Characters – Jessica is a journalist that will look for stories that will make an impact, with this new cult like church being her latest target, she knows they will be dangerous even though she falls in love with one of the members who can see the problems within the church, she feels targeted, is determined and is looking over her shoulder about what the church could do to her next. Thomas was once part of the church, but starts noticing the problems within the church and falls in love with Jessica. Father is the one that controls his followers, he believes the religion is the most important in the world and if you don’t follow him, he will target them.
Performances – Rachel Hudson must go through a range of emotions through the film, each one she shines in. Jordan O’Neal as the former church member shows us an enlightened character, with the performers from within the church showing us just how controlled they can become.
Story – The story here follows a journalist who is investigating a controversial church, where she gets caught up in the middle with a follower that is willing to leave for her and how the church seems to have their own ideas for them. This story does bring us the ideas of a cult like church who have their own minds on life issues, they will go against the other churches and if you go against them, they look at you as a threat, including people leaving them. How the story is told is very different because a lot of the story takes place over a larger period of time, showing the slow hassling of the new couple, where you always feel like something will become the catalyst to everything else that happens. There is a lot of tension built up in the story and things will go in shocking directions.
Horror – The horror is more focused on what could be happening, fearing what the church is capable off, making our characters live their life with them needing to look over their shoulders.
Settings – The film uses the community settings, this shows us how the church has created a fear within the people, how they look to control people and how their words can be followed with the local environment.
Scene of the Movie – Tables turned.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – There seems to be a slower side to the opening part of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a cult following movie that does everything we have seen in them before, with the biggest change being the length of time the characters are left haunted by what could be going on, with tension being the driving force in this one.
Overall: Tension Filled Horror.
The film hits VOD, blu-ray, and DVD nationwide on August 4th