Blood Craft is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film directed by James Cullen Bressack (Deadly Reunion; Bethany; Pernicious; Blood Lake; To Jennifer; et al) from a screenplay co-written with Madeleine Wade, who also stars and provided the storyline. The movie also stars Augie Duke, Michael Welch, Dave Sheridan, Mark Rolston and Dominique Swain.
Two sisters who suffered abuse as children at the hands of their sadistic father decide, after his death, to use witchcraft to bring his spirit back to get revenge…
Blood Craft is playing at festivals through March before a digital release on April 9th.
Grace, an unhappy adult entertainer, travels back to her childhood home due to the recent passing of her father, Minister Hall. Although the sprawling house is lovely in appearance, the history of the Hall family is anything but pleasant.
Grace is almost immediately greeted by her long lost younger sister, Serena… another sad and angry young lady who brings the family secrets out into the open without hesitation. Both girls were abused by their father, and have thus carried the shame into adulthood. The repercussions were buried away and never spoken of, until now. Both Grace and Serena have lost touch with each other over the years, due to lies from their father but now it’s time for the ultimate revenge.
The siblings recall their mother’s protection while she was still alive, learning to combine forces to resist weakness and they were even taught a variety of witchcraft spells when confronted with the loss of a pet mouse. Needless to say, we know where this is going and are ready to cheer on the resurrection of dear old daddy for his violent comeuppance.
During the plotting of exhuming the body and searching for an outlet for his black soul, Grace is tormented by Tyler, from the County Clerk’s office… and not just about the family estate. His childhood obsession returns, although his sheriff father reminds him strongly to keep his eye on the prize. It seems that Minister Hall wasn’t only an abuser of his own daughters… he was also a thief.
As the girls utilise Tyler as their vessel, all household surprises are released and met with intense backlash. The taboo that existed within the father-daughter dynamics becomes overwhelming for Grace as she begins to break down severely while continuing to assault her father. It is wicked, emotional and spoken through sheer evil from a parent to his child.
There is a consistent theme of freakish little twists at the end of James Cullen Bressack’s films. And although this one is a little predictable, it is a welcome epiphany a la Sixth Sense style.
Blood Craft is uncomfortable from the very beginning. Its relentless hold will keep you in check until the credits roll. Yet, you will be ecstatic to witness the sibling bond that never wavers, even in the midst of malevolence.
Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA
“Granted this amateurish horror has glimpses of something greater with Bressack at the helm, but alas, his skills are drowned in painfully overused horror troupes, cringy acting and a half-hearted script […] Blood Craft’s one big twist and flashes of a Dark Souls styled score from Chris Ridenhour just about keeps you vertical until the end.” Flickering Myth
“Ok, so the premise for this movie – bringing someone back to life to torture him – is a tad far-fetched, even for a horror movie, but it is dealt with in a very inventive and entertaining way, and thanks to strong characters, one’s really drawn into the story.” Search My Trash
” …Blood Craft is actually a pretty effective film. It resists the urge to simply be a Hostel style torture film and goes deeper. Some of their father’s revelations from the grave are shocking and the whole process takes a toll on the sisters. The big twist however may be obvious to some.” Voices from the Balcony
Cast and characters:
- Madeleine Wade … Grace – For Jennifer; Dances with Werewolves; Tower of Blood
- Augie Duke … Serena – Circus Road; Wild Boar; Another Plan from Outer Space; Hell’s Kitty; The Black Room; et al
- Michael Welch … Tyler Waters – A Haunting in Cawdor; The Final Wish; Day of the Dead; All the Boys Love Mandy Lane; et al
- Dave Sheridan … Minister Hall – Don’t Look There; Beyond White Space; Victor Crowley; et al
- Mark Rolston … Sheriff Waters – Tell Me How I Die; Saw VI; Saw V; Asylum; et al
- Dominique Swain … Hilde – Nazi Overlord; Minutes to Midnight; The 6th Friend; The Black Room; et al
- Anna Harr … Young Grace
- Ryan Francis … The Best Man
- Dylan Vox … The Cigarette John
- James Cullen Bressack … Charles the Bum
- Debra Lamb … Felicia Alder
- Sage Correa … Rael
- Sheri Davis … Church Goer
- Christian Ganiere … Young Tyler
- Riley Jackson … Teenage Serena
The original title was Together