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Critic Reviews for Bleed
Reflecting influences ranging from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Rosemary's Baby to -- well, you name it -- Bleed doesn't exactly break any new ground, stylistically or otherwise.
Too derivative and not stylish enough to merit any special championing, as indie B-horror movies go, it's nonetheless nicely crafted enough to rate a cut above the low-expectation median.
Bleed is really nothing you haven't seen before, but there's still some pretty interesting elements that result from its mixtape approach.
Bleed is familiar, by-the-numbers horror filmmaking, but it's also short and sweet enough to capitalize on cheap thrills.
Audience Reviews for Bleed
With a baby on the way, Sarah (Chelsey Crisp) and Matt (Michael Steger) decide to have some friends over to celebrate their new home and new family. It should have been a quiet day, until Sarah's unique brother Eric (Riley Smith) shows up. Eric is a drifter and a ghost hunter, whose bad behavior and odd ball girlfriend threaten to ruin the whole event. Eventually Eric gets into a discussion about what he does, and wanting to silence the skeptics, suggests a ghost hunt at an abandoned nearby prison, that's supposedly haunted. Well how could a woman who is six months pregnant not agree to hike through the woods to a haunted abandon building in the middle of nowhere? That part was a little ridiculous, but the backstory of the prison and the family dynamic actually wasn't too bad, especially for a B-horror movie without any big names attached to it. However that is what also becomes it's downfall, as once the action begins, the lack of experience and money for special effects comes into play, and this film quickly turns more into what I expected it to be. At 40 years old, Riley Smith seems to have been around forever, with over 75 IMDB credits under his belt. He was a pretty interesting character, why there wasn't more of a focus on Eric in the second half of the film, I don't know. I'm just a critic, but I can tell you from my experience, when you lack funds for better special effects, focus on the story and the experienced cast. The filmmakers didn't do that, and the whole thing just kind of falls apart at the end. Bleed wasn't bad for what it was, the first half half was better than expected, the second half, where all the fun stuff happens, was pretty much a disappointment.
So it looks like my October horror fest, each year I try to watch all horror movies during this month (if I can), has started off with a whimper instead of a bang. Maybe I should have gone with one of the classics like the Exorcist to just start things off on the right foot. Though, honestly, this isn't that bad of a movie all things considered. It's just one whose narrative reach exceeds its grasp. Though, to be fair, that might not be the best way to describe the movie. It's just that the movie wants to do certain things without actually putting in the effort to even come close to try to explain them. But, by and large, if you take that out of the equation, and just focus on the horror itself and the idea behind the horror and what it wants to achieve as it relates to scares, then this is, really, a very decently made horror flick. Though, of course, it's also absurd that I'm telling you to ignore parts of the narrative that don't make any sense or are left unexplained. As I mentioned earlier, there are just elements, like what the hell is the entire town is even doing with these people that have these birthmarks on them. Why are they special and why are they essential to what the town is doing? I know it involves impregnating a woman, to continue the cycle I suppose. The question you may have, though, is what cycle do these people wish to continue? Your guess is as good as mine, because they never give you a clear answer. It's a Satanic-esque cult, I know that much. But that's about it. Outside of that, though, the movie offers fairly basic horror fare, though there's some pretty cool moments here and there, there aren't enough of them to sustain an entire film, that much was obvious. Another thing holding the film back, while it does have a decent idea that they do not go as far with as they could, is that the acting by some of the cast is really fucking bad. Which is weird seeing that, at least out of some of the main cast, the acting is pretty solid all things considered. So it's a bit of a disconnect seeing some decent actors and then seeing some truly awful actors. Thankfully, though, those awful actors aren't always present in the film's events, but when they're there, they definitely make their presence felt. They do help at dragging things down, though they don't drag it down more than the film's unwillingness to really put any thought into their villains' motivations for their actions. It is what it is, and even with those flaws, I still found the movie to be pretty decent once the horror picks up and you ignore the narrative elements. Though I realize that not everyone is gonna be able to do that. Can't fully recommend it, but it could have been much worse.
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