NNWIJ: The Bleeding House (2011)

Director: Philip Gelatt

Notable Cast: Patrick Breen, Alexandra Chando, Richard Bekins

Rating: NR

Review:  There’s just something about creepy religious vigilantism that gets my mind racing, hooked on every biblical reference and quoted passage.  I sit there entranced by the killer, interested in how he/she spins their heinous crimes in a godly and accepting light.  “I’m just doing the Lord’s bidding” they often proclaim, and we gasp at their audacious rational.  But all I can think when I watch these characterizations is “wow, there’s probably some wacked out bible thumper who believes the same ‘holier than thou’ mentality.”  (Cult leaders, suicides, holy wars…)  Religion makes people do crazy things, which is why killers motivated by religion make for some of the deepest and darkest movie murderers of all.  The Bleeding House takes place in Small Town, Anywhere, in a quaint little farm type house secluded from town and inhabited by the Smith family.  A stranger named Nick (Breen) approaches the house and reveals his car broke down a ways up the road, which leads to him inquiring about a place to crash for the night.  Parents Matt (Bekins) and Marylin (Betsy Aidem) juggle the idea, and decide to share their home for the night.  Well, it’s a horror/thriller about an innocent looking family who let a suspiciously friendly stranger into their own safe home: you’re correct in assuming things take a turn for the worst.  With Nicks arrival though, the Smith’s secrets are also revealed, uncovering problems boiling in the family for years.  But, Nick is the clear cut antagonist.  Throw in the fact that this religious psychopath has a southern gentleman twang, and he makes for a devilishly disturbing villain, I say I say (read in Foghorn Leghorn accent).  It’s almost more torture for the victims hearing his perfect manners, carrying himself with a respectable personality while slowly taking their life.  This good old Christian boy describes his deadly acts to each victim while staying cool and calm, layering his character with the brutal realization he is at peace with life and his “deeds”.  Breen is so convincing in his presentation of Nick, chills run down your spine as the man dressed in pure white charms his way into the Smith’s house, as we already expect the worst.  From there, we delve deep into the psyche of a man who’s so twisted, he actually believes killing certain types of people is his duty to the world; a punisher if you will.  Disturbingly deep, Breen held my interest the whole film, and solidified a spot on my list of top horror performers this year.  The story is sick, twisted, but not without some pretty obvious plot holes.  Like, head scratching “why didn’t they do that 20 minutes ago” plot holes.  Distracting, but The Bleeding House is a fun dissection of Sheen’s blood-thirsty character,  and a spine tingling home invasion thriller for the more psychological horror fan.

Netflix Rating: 3/5
But since it’s a 2011 film, it gets pulled into the year wrap up as well…
Final Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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