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  • Writer's pictureMartyn Wakefield


Dir. Philip Gelatt

Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield

When a stranger's stays the evening at an isolated family home, he learns their darkest secrets and reveals his own intentions. Starring Patrick Breen, Alexandra Chando, Betsy Aidem and Richard Bekins with script and direction from Philip Gelatt, THE BLEEDING HOUSE is an interesting addition to the home invasion thriller.

This is American indie horror at its finest. It's not going to break any new ground but is an interesting chess play between characters with buckets of blood (quite literally).

Patrick Breen has a charismatic inquisitive nature as he takes the lead in a conversation with the family. Bordering somewhere between DEXTER and AMERICAN HORROR STORY, this is a slow burner that feels more television movie than blockbuster horror but that would do it dis-service as the mystery is an interesting back and forth between victim and captor. Saved by two great performances, it really shines above the expectations of low budget horror.

The subtle direction is very theatrical in the aspect this may better as a stage production than a film due to it's heavy dialogue but there is no denying that Philip Gelatt has a well written story for fans of horror that glides under the radar.

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