The Blood Lands (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Simeon Halligan
Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Lee Williams
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Magnolia Pictures
It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home – a perfect farmhouse in the country. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful city lives. At first it is, but as darkness falls, Ed and Sarah suspect they’re not alone. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong there and they’re certainly not welcome.
I want to state here and now that despite The Blood Lands (originally titled White Settlers) practically being the Dollar General brand of You’re Next, I didn’t hate the movie and it really isn’t a bad movie. It just at the end of the day feels like a movie you get invested a little too much in for ultimately how it ends. I won’t spoil that and I do want to rewind and start a bit from the beginning, but I think the ending it going to be what annoys most people who check this one out. Anyway, before we get to that and even before we get to people in pig masks chasing our leading couple around in the woods, we first get to try to know this couple. Made up of Pollyanna McIntosh as the leading lady and her husband being played by Lee Williams, we first see just how happy this couple seems to be and while they aren’t that interesting, they don’t do anything to make you not like them. They are going to spend their first night in their new home together and what starts as a few things they take notice of, goes into a full on house invasion and then a cat and mouse game in the woods later.
The movie gets tense at times, I’ll give it that. We get a bit caught up in the chase as we watch and we do get annoyed when our two leads start to do some of the dumbest things you could imagine in the process of running for their lives from these folks sporting pig masks. But then again, what characters in horror movies don’t do dumb stuff? Still we sit and we watch and we at times think the worse, but the movie just sorta leads up to a certain point and then we are left just sitting there and saying “That’s it?”. Like I said, it isn’t an awful movie and it gets tense. You get caught up in the story, but I believe with a better final act we’d probably be more inclined to think more of it once those credits start to roll at the end. Still, it is well-made, well acted (even if the character do dumb stuff), and it isn’t a waste. I just think it could have used a more well thought out ending.
– The Making of Blood Lands
Quality of Transfer: 97%
Screenshots from Blu-ray.com