Bloodline – USA, 2018 – reviews

Bloodline is a 2018 American horror feature film about a family man who leads a double life as a vengeful vigilante serial killer.

Directed by Henry Jacobson from a screenplay co-written with Avra Fox-Lerner and Will Honley, the movie stars Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey and Kevin Carroll. Jason Blum was a co-producer.

Plot:

Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learn that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Reviews:

“Beautifully shot by cinematographer Isaac Bauman (Channel Zero), Henry Jacobson‘s highly stylized monster-in-plain-sight movie does an excellent job of highlighting the speed and merciless ferocity with which Evan preys upon his victims. Through lush palettes and clever framing, Bauman uses the space around the patrons as a character in and of itself…” Kalyn Corrigan, Bloody Disgusting

” …the tale grows routine instead of insane, as Jacobson wants a specific way out of this story, and that exit isn’t as interesting as the introduction. The picture holds together but noticeably fatigues as it works to a climax, with Jacobson losing his nerve as he turns a visceral nightmare into a tepid crime novel.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

Bloodline is commendable for having the guts to just go for it, all in, and there’s a lot of impressive technical work along the way (including a banger of a retro synth score by Trevor Gureckis). It’s a good looking, well-constructed film, but there’s not much to buy into beyond the bright lights and red red blood. It’s too familiar and surprisingly self-serious about it.” Haleigh Foutch, Collider

Bloodline is violent – borderline “gornographic” – and unapologetic. Seann William Scott delivers an ice-cold chilling performance. Great cinematography and precise direction. The final act sort of peters out of steam while quickly trying to resolve the basic narrative.” Andy Triefenbach, Destroy the Brain!

“It’s derivative of better material and two of the three leads were miscast. While it has plenty of nasty and gruesome scenes, that’s not enough to make this a truly decent film […] To draw the Dexter comparison out further cast your mind back to the final season and how disappointed you were with it. Bloodline doesn’t manage to reach those heights.” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

“This horror thriller is good for a lot of reasons, but mostly it’s just the character and family dynamic that did it for me. Especially the little plot twists and developments that came every now and then. Also, the runtime of just around an hour and a half (95 minutes, officially) is just bang-on perfect!” Karina Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror

” …if you’re looking for a story you’ve never seen before, Bloodline might not hit the mark. But if you like conflicted emotions, groovy tunes, and well-executed special effects, you’re going to be happy to have found a new serial killer to deliver on all fronts.” Kimberley Elizabeth, Nightmare on Film Street

” …the blood flows in rather copious amounts. Bloodline is certainly a stylish film when it needs to be but that can’t rescue it from its script […] Bloodline never manages to rise much above average.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Momentum Pictures released Bloodline theatrically and On Digital and VOD on September 20, 2019. The world premiere of Bloodline was at Fantastic Fest in 2018.

Cast and characters:

  • Seann William Scott … Evan
  • Mariela Garriga … Lauren
  • Dale Dickey … Marie
  • Kevin Carroll … Overstreet
  • Christie Herring … Carrie
  • Raymond Alexander Cham Jr. … Chris
  • Leith M. Burke … Mark
  • Nick Boraine … Lou
  • Dusty Sorg … Fred
  • Sean H. Scully … Ray
  • Larsen Thompson … Kelly
  • Hudson West … Young Evan
  • Cassandra Ballard … Young Marie
  • Matthew Bellows … Charles Henry Cole III
  • Hira Ambrosino … Obgyn
  • Monique Chachere … ER Doctor
  • Carl Cooper … Teenager
  • Adam Zastrow … Victim

Technical details:

  • 95 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2:1

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