Ellie is a recovering drug addict who recently moved to a new city with her two teenage children. She has struggled to stay sober in the past and is determined to make it work this time, finding a stable job and regularly attending her meetings. Unfortunately, new friends, a new job, and the chance of a new life can’t keep Ellie from slipping once again. Her life changes when she meets Christopher – a different sort of addict – who forces her daughter and son to accept a new version of their mother.
The movie tells a story about Ellie, a recovering drug-addicted single mother who is struggling to cope with her addiction to be able to raise her two teenage children. Ellie has just moved to a new city with her two teenage children where she joins a support group and meets some shady character names Christopher, who helps her get through her addiction, but giving her a new one – blood.
The film really tries to be original and tackle vampirism in a new and fresh, unconventional way as we watch Ellie go through the phases of transformation and how they affect her life and the life of her children. Ellie unwillingly becomes a child of the night who desperately seeks blood and kills anything that gets in her way. It doesn’t take long for her children to realize there’s something wrong with their mother, and once they discover the truth, they have to decide how to live with their blood-sucking mom.
When Ellie starts skipping her AA meetings to get high in a park, a vampire just walks up and drips his blood into her mouth and then kills her, completely unprovoked. It’s obvious he had been targeting her from the AA meeting, but we’re not really sure why. After Ellie falls into the clutches of the intriguing prince of the night, she begins to experience increasingly odd symptoms, hypersensitivity, instantaneous self-regeneration, refusal of any solid foods and a monstrous hemoglobin appetite, while gradually becoming more dangerous to her loved ones.
Director Mallhi, who also co-wrote the script, could clearly not decide whether he wanted to put the drama of drug addiction or the horror of the bloodsucker in the foreground of his film. But that would have been urgently needed to give the so torn-looking film a clear direction. Because real horror does not set itself the whole movie about, too harmless and awkward staged scenes Mallhi, which could have theoretically scary. And also the drama aspects of the plot do not work. So many questions remain unanswered that neither the reason for Ellie’s drug problem nor that for her relapse would be even hinted comprehensible. And Christopher’s decision to interfere in Ellie’s life remains in the dark. Mallhi does not manage to breathe life into his characters. Although there are really only three characters who play an important role in the film.
Is the male vampire cursed to create other vampires, or is he cleverly trying to build a vampire colony? Either way, he ends up getting killed by the woman’s son who was only just turned, so we don’t get to know his story. Unfortunately, the mix of drama and horror that Family Blood presents to its viewers just never works. The horror elements are not gripping, the dramatic scenes do not hold you and feel empty. In addition, there are only a few elaborate characters who can hardly arouse real interest in their fate.
Title: Family Blood
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Studio: Blumhouse Productions
Starring: Vinessa Shaw, James Ransone, Colin Ford
MPAA Rated: TV-MA
Directors: Sonny Mallhi
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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