BLOOD RELATIVES (2022) 18 reviews of vampire comedy – now on Shudder

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‘Family sucks.’
Blood Relatives is a 2022 American comedy horror film about an old vampire who suddenly encounters his teenage daughter.

Written, directed by and starring Noah Segan (actor in Knives Out; Deadgirl).

The Paper Street Pictures-Nocturnal Kid co-production also stars Victoria Moroles, Akasha Villalobos, C.L. Simpson, Ammie Masterson, Tracie Thoms, Jon Proudstar, Josh Ruben, Doug Benson, Brian Villalobos, Reece Everett Ryan, Jessie Lucas, Karina Dominguez, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Christopher Cubas, John Gholson, Arthur Dale, Andrew Fox and Holt Boggs.

Plot synopsis:
Francis (Noah Segan), a 115-year-old Yiddish vampire, still looks 35. He’s been roaming American backroads in his beat-up muscle car for decades, keeping to himself, and liking it that way.

One day, a teenage kid, Jane (Victoria Moroles), shows up. She says she’s his daughter, and she’s got the fangs to prove it. They go on the road, deciding whether to sink their teeth into family life…

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Release date:
Blood Relatives had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 23, 2022. The movie will be available for streaming on Shudder on November 22, 2022.

Reviews:
Blood Relatives infuses a fresh jolt of life and creativity into the genre and serves as a great directorial debut for Noah Segan. It’s a film that’s brimming with the same energy as What We Do In The Shadows, and like that film, I have no doubt that it’ll be a huge hit with horror fans.” 9/10, Buy Why Tho?

” …despite the nation-spanning storyline, it often seems like the characters are just traversing the same handful of roads over and over again. Aside from a few drops of blood, there aren’t any gore effects, and the vampire transformation involves nothing other than slightly sharpened teeth. The small-scale production fits the small-scale story, though, and Blood Relatives is better off without trying to build an overarching vampire mythology.” CBR

“Somehow, even with a backstory as dark as this one, Segan manages to keep a light mood and creates a story of joy, filled with hope for the future […] I might be starting to sound overly sentimental here, but honestly, this movie was just a really nice surprise! It’s been a while since a film made me feel jovial.” 90% Downright Creepy

“There’s a richness that flows through this genre picture because it taps into an idea that many are left feeling ashamed for experiencing: being a parent is not for everyone and it doesn’t always come easily. It comes a little harder when you’ve lost all you know to an enemy (real or metaphorical) and have been transformed into the very monster your enemy believes you to be as a result.” 4 out of 5, Elements of Madness

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” …Segan exploits his unsettling qualities in a deadpan performance that he lifts, as director, with pleasingly snappy, almost comic-book-like direction. That, and his pernickety dialogue, show a similar sensibility to pal Rian Johnson’s – as well as the thoughtful undertow that pulls us through some meandering patches as the story, unfortunately, peters out.” 3 out of 5, The Guardian

“Moroles excels in the role of an angsty teen who recognizes the symbolism of turning into a monster as you hit adolescence. She’s slyly funny but moments of tenderness humanize her Jane […] The film’s greatest weakness is its final act, which is enjoyable but unsatisfying. Still, the entertaining Blood Relatives delivers a savvy family comedy.” 3 out of 5, Maddwolf

” …even in its earliest scenes, there’s a sense that Blood Relatives is after something much more than a standard outsider comedy with horror elements. There’s real pathos, real heart, in Segan’s tale of two lost people finding each other, even beyond the setup’s basic emotional hook and the dramedy chops of its leads. That makes Blood Relatives a journey that’s well worth taking.” Paste

“Segan’s reactive instincts seem to be responsible for the most satisfying and frustrating parts of Blood Relatives. He’s very deferential to Moroles and her character, sometimes to the point where it seems like he’s more invested in proving a point—Jane’s strong enough to be truly independent!—than in telling a story.” RogerEbert.com

“These well-written characters grow increasingly likable as the layers are peeled back. This is an engaging and entertaining feature that again shows why the vampire endures. It can work as a metaphor for so much, in this case, a nomadic lifestyle and complicated personal history.” Signal Horizon

Blood Relatives certainly has more in common with What We Do in the Shadows than something like Day Shift, where the emphasis is on glossy combat rather than establishing any kind of connection to the characters, human or otherwise. Strip away the bloodsucking and Segan’s auspicious debut would be just as enjoyable. But by making a vampire movie, he tapped into something universally human and truly special.” Vague Visages

“While I do wish there had been more outright funny moments in Blood Relatives I understand why the humour was kept low-key. Big laugh out loud moments would ruin the more serious and personal mood of the film. And as much as I’m not a huge fan of dramas, especially domestic ones, that was the right call here.” 3.5 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony

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