Blood Bound – USA, 2017: updated with HORRORPEDIA guest review

‘Pray for her’

Blood Bound is a 2018 horror feature film written, co-produced and directed by Richard LeMay (Dementia 13). The movie stars Eden Brolin, Kevin Spirtas and Joseph Melendez.

Plot:

Every twenty-five years, it begins. Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descend upon a small rural town to sacrifice four human lives, one being a member of their own family. The ritual begins with the enforced impregnation of a local girl, eighteen year-old Kerry (Eden Brolin).

Finding herself pregnant, Kerry realises her unborn baby is the target of a sinister plot. As the months pass and people around her begin to turn up dead, she desperately searches for a way out of this unthinkable situation. The family must perform this ritual to maintain their power or die.

In charge of carrying out each sacrifice as his initiation is David, a young man conflicted with his destiny. He unexpectedly begins to fall for Kerry, which weighs on his conscience as they get closer to the final sacrifice…

Review:

A family with untold powers granted to them by demonic forces, a trio of young criminals, a large trunk full of cash and a need for bloody human sacrifices. All of these come together in Blood Bound the new film from writer/director Richard LeMay (Dementia 13).

Kerry (Eden Brolin) is a rebellious young woman hanging with a pair of small-time criminals Sean (Eric Nelson) and Brian (Justin A Davis). She’s having second thoughts about her lifestyle, but accompanies them on another home invasion, this one after the trunk full of cash. However, their intended victims have some dark secrets of their own.

Blood Bound deserves a lot of credit for taking a novel approach to the subject matter. When the trio are led out to the woods for use in a satanic ritual we expect blood to flow there and then. But Satan and the script are playing the long game. This lets the middle of the film play like a weird mix of Over the Edge and Rosemary’s BabyBlood Bound at times feels as much of a drama as a horror film. A dark, supernaturally tinged drama, but still a drama. It never becomes dull or venture into Dark Shadows soap opera territory, but it doesn’t always play by horror rules either.

The effect is weird and kept me off balance. Pivotal in all of this is David (Ross Wellinger), the youngest of the clan. He’s struggling with his destiny and how he chooses could either save or damn Kerry and the child she carries. A child conceived the night of the aborted break in.

An interesting hybrid, Blood Bound held my attention even through its less than horrific parts. It’s certainly worth a watch for anyone tired of cookie cutter demonic films.

Jim Morazzini, guest reviewer via Voices from the Balcony

Other reviews:

” …the idea of a coven tormenting innocent individuals to complete an age-old ritual is nothing new or shocking, and on that point, Blood Bound isn’t breaking any new ground. However, LeMay and his cast and crew manage to take the fairly commonplace script and hold their viewer’s attention for the duration, thanks much in part to some superb acting.” Cryptic Rock

Release:

Blood Bound was available on demand from January 15, 2019, via Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment.

Main cast:

  • Eden Brolin … Kerry – Manson’s Lost Girls
  • Kevin Spirtas … Man – Albino Farm; Horror High (2005); Embrace the DarknessBloodstone: Subspecies II and III; Friday the 13th Part VII; The Hills Have Eyes Part II
  • Joseph Melendez … Raul
  • Eric Nelsen … Sean
  • Gerald McCullouch … Sheriff Martin Sparks
  • Rosa Arredondo … Sarita
  • Vanessa Rubio … Elicia
  • Leif Steinert … Randy
  • Justiin A. Davis … Brian
  • Ross Wellinger … David
  • Ben Weaver … Sam
  • Aleita Northey … Ginny
  • Timothy Hughes … Demon

Filming locations:

Sullivan County, New York, USA

Trivia:

  • The film was previously titled The Dark Rite
  • Eden Brolin is the daughter of actor Josh Brolin

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