Starring Eden Brolin, Joseph Melendez, Eric Nelsen
Directed by Richard LeMay
Every family’s got a few skeletons in their closet, be it an old dusty one with a minute amount of dingy details, or a freshly stripped one, replete with the kind of information that could damn a bloodline to hell – ooh, did I jump the gun there? Anyway, in Richard LeMay’s latest chiller titled Blood Bound, the audience gets a peek inside one particular clan’s darkest lineage – one that commands allegiance in the present time, so open up your family albums and pray that these relatives are relatively distant in relation to you – get what I’m tossin’ at ya?
The film follows lovebirds Raul (Melendez) and Valencia (Karmine Alers) and their recent relocation to a town that has had a rash of home-invasions, effectively tightening a frightened grip on the locals. Our trio of small-time thieves are as follows: there’s Kerry (Brolin), Sean (Nelsen) and Brian (Justin Davis), and they’ve all got the itch to take what doesn’t belong to them, and while they’ve been moderately successful up to this point, a much bigger roadblock awaits them, and I’m not talking about the long arm of the law. When the inevitable break-in finally occurs, the three are subject to the kinds of horrors that no one could have wished for – better than any “Scared Straight” program I’ve ever witnessed, that’s for sure. In short, an ancient curse has unwillingly aligned a family to offer up sacrifices every 25 years, and will ya look at that? We’re at the quarter-century mark on this very night! Oh, what a momentous occasion for spillin’ some crimson for the beast!
LeMay’s direction takes his viewers into a territory that stretches far beyond the borders of boring cult activity, instead, showing how evil forces infiltrate an innocent dynamic, wreaking havoc upon their timeline. What frightened me about this film wasn’t necessarily the actions that these demons forced the family to commit, but rather the imposing nature of their sheer selves and the power behind it. It’s not just enough to tell a bully to leave you alone, you’ve got to do SOMETHING about it, but what else can be done when said “bully” has powers so intensly authoritative that you’ve got no other recourse than to obey whatever their wishes are? That right there, kiddies is the stuff of evil legend. The film does move at a snail’s pace at times, but it’s meant to correctly reinforce the foundation of what this family is about and what they’re enduring. What also is a benefit here is the association that the audience can relate with – this could potentially be the family down the street, or on the other side of town, or even their own – that’s what gives Blood Bound its juice in a tall glass.
Performances are adequate for the production, but it was Brolin who stood head and shoulders over the masses here – with a nice pedigree laid out before her (grandpapa James is no stranger to the horror genre), she delivers a portrayal that echoes the traumatic occurrences of a victimized woman – keep this lady on your radar for sure. Overall, the film might not tic all the boxes for those wanting balls-to-the-wall action and chills, but it more than serves a purpose for those who always like to bitch “lemme tell you about MY family!” Trust me, compared to this group, no one has the right to complain ever again.