FFF 2019 – Review: BLOODLINE Is A Gory And Fun Midnight Movie

FIRST IMPRESSION

Bloodline is exactly what you would hope for from a festival midnight movie — a bloody, fun horror film with a great throwback style.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

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Bloodline is a new horror film directed by Henry Jacobson and starring Seann William Scott. The movie tells the story of a family man who is a high school social worker by day and an avenging serial killer by night as he struggles to conceal his double life from his wife. It debuted at the 2018 Fantastic Fest and played at the 2019 Florida Film Festival.

This film’s story is definitely quite interesting. The movie has vibes that are very similar to Dexter, so fans of that show will likely find plenty to enjoy in this. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot too, so the film is sure to keep you guessing and in anticipation of what is going to come next. If you don’t mind the violence and gore, it will be hard not to have fun with this movie.

One of the reasons the film works so well is its character development. The characters are built in a way that when the twists come, you will likely be completely blown away by what happens. Additionally, the way in which the movie created moral ambiguity is also worthy of note. The protagonist is very charismatic, but the film does not condone or humanize his actions, instead portraying him as a complex character.

The movie has some interesting things to say about the ways in which our society operates, especially the family unit. The commentary on the meaning of family is fascinating and multi-layered. Perhaps most interesting is the storyline featuring the protagonist’s patient Chris, as he is a nuanced and sympathetic character through which the film’s core problem is approached.

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The suspense in the movie is also quite strong. The film definitely owes a lot to the B-horror movies of the 1980’s, down to the way in which it is meant to make the audience feel the intended emotions. Although the film isn’t exactly scary, it is very disturbing at times thanks to a combination of the unrelenting violence and the unsettling tone hanging over the movie.

This film is definitely outside of Seann William Scott’s normal range, but he does a great job in the role, delivering what is one of the best performances of his career. He is as charming as ever, which gives the character the alluring quality for which the script calls. However, he also does a great job of pulling off the cold and emotionless moments of the performance as well. The supporting cast is very good too, especially Dale Dickey, Raymond Alexander Cham Jr., and Mariela Garriga.

On a technical level, the movie is mostly impressive. The first few shots do feel a bit like the film is trying too hard to emulate the greats of the genre, including a shot that seems like a blatant rip-off of the iconic Psycho shower scene. That being said, the movie ultimately finds its own and becomes an enjoyable and stylized good time. The visual effects for the gore are killer (pun intended).

Overall, Bloodline was a very enjoyable midnight movie. If you are a fan of retro horror, this is one you won’t want to miss because it is a ton of campy fun.

Bloodline is now playing at the 2019 Florida Film Festival.

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Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

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