As so many indie Horror flicks seem to be of late, The Bleeding House is big on concept but the execution doesn't match the imagined scope.
The Bleeding House is the story of a troubled family living out in the middle of BFE, who are harboring a dark secret. You see, the daughter, Blackbird (no, she's not Native American, just wonky), did "something" in the past which prompted her mother to lock up the utensils and cast a constant suspicious eye on her like she's a black man in a Korean party store. (you know that shit happens, so do not judge my attempt at humor!)
After a tension-filled dinner (ooooh), a mysterious stranger named Nick shows up, oozing southern charm and an overtly polite drawl. "Might I trouble you for some help good neighbor? I do fear that my vehicle has met with some unfortunate malady, and has been rendered inoperable." Yeah. The thought of enduring dialogue like that for the remainder of the movie is enough to terrify most moviegoers, even if nothing else about the movie does.
|Too bad his character wasn't mute.|
It's all a good idea on paper, but on film it's a slow and drawn out bunch of un-eventfulness that doesn't really manage to scare or entertain much. Through all of our movie watching adventures, we have found that the more stylized and unique a movie tries to be, the less it tends to be; Tarantino did it perfectly with Pulp Fiction, Rob Zombie did it equally well with The Devil's Rejects. So many other movies try to capture that same lightning in a bottle, but can't manage to do it, and let's be honest, even Rob Zombie could only do it once.
*SPOILERS* We do have to say that the idea of the daughter being a murderous sociopath, and her family being terrified of her, is an interesting one. Too bad it wasn't explored more. *END SPOILERS*
It's not a completely wasted effort, but in the end The Bleeding House just isn't enthralling enough to make us want to suffer through its annoying bits. Had it been a little faster paced and cut way back on the verbiage, it could have been one hell of a sleeper Horror flick. I'm sure that this movie will be right up some of your proverbial alleys, but for most people it's going to inspire boredom and not much else. It will find its audience, we just wont be amongst them.
Alexandra Chando is in this.