Thursday, November 16, 2017
Bleed (2016) 1h 22m
You know that part in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when Indy and those Nazis get to the grail room and they have to chose the Holy Grail? The lady Nazi hands the one guy a cup and he says "it certainly is the cup of the King of Kings" and then fills it and drinks from it? You remember that? He fucking died super hard from that because he had chosen... poorly. That's kind of how I feel with today's film. I rolled a movie that I had already watched. When that happens I try to go with the film before or after it then. Upon reading that this was a bunch of people ghost hunting in a burned down prison I figured it would be good enough. That's only a tiny bit of the plot and I felt this movie age me. Not to dust, but enough that I'm not sure if my penis will ever work again...
Bleed focuses on a couple that just bought a house in southern fuck-all USA. Our female protagonist has a strange crescent moon birthmark on her neck and is also eight or nine months pregnant. These two things are related as the movie progresses. Friends come to visit the couple and the woman's Burning Man burnout brother and his girlfriend convince almost everyone to go to a supposedly Satanic burned down prison to ghost hunt. The ghost of Rob Zombie past appears, a bunch of pointless backstory and unnecessary character development happens, and the towns folk are a cult that want the baby for reasons never really defined.
This movie would've done well as a short film. All killer, no filler, and we'd be just fine. Unfortunately we have a rag tag cult with a religion thrown together based on no research other than "ummm... blood... babies... satan but not satan... Rob Zombie." We get two thirds of the way through and a girl suddenly discloses that she was schizophrenic since she was a child and that's why she keeps taking pills. This reveal has nothing to do with anything! Ever! Even the fact it's a prison is kind of worthless as it's just used as a building where Rob Zombie in Rasputin form could be chained up. They could've used a spooky old shack for that. It was just a dart board full of ideas and whatever they hit they tried to fit in and make it work.
On the plus side though, the acting was decent. The accents were a bit thick on some of the locals but otherwise not too bad. Camera work and sound were all good. The score used a lot of cool instrumentation where I could tell it was metal bowls with water in them or doing slides on a violin or cello string. I'm not knocking things like Carpenter's Halloween score here, but I would like horror to work more on atmosphere like that rather than traditional music. Overall though, I think Bleed bled out, leaving a husk of a film on the floor.
I give Bleed 1 copy of Alice Cooper's Only Women Bleed out of 5: