The Descendant (AKA:Bleeders) 1997 R

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A man travels to an island with his girlfriend in search of his relatives but he finds out more than what he wanted to know.

Starring:
Rutger Hauer, Roy Dupuis
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

The Descendant (AKA:Bleeders)

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Genres Horror
Director Peter Svatek
Starring Rutger Hauer, Roy Dupuis
Supporting actors Roy Dupuis, Kristin Lehman, John Harold Cail, Joanna Noyes, Felicia Shulman, Janine Theriault, Michelle Brunet, David Deveau, Spencer Evans, Rutger Hauer, Carmen Ferland, Leni Parker, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, John Dunn-Hill, Jackie Burroughs, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Baril, André Dandurand
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie has everything horror film fans are looking for!
Kathy
There's no coherent plot, no credible acting, no intense suspense sequences or grasping images.
D. Litton
The acting and effects are very good and it is actually scary.
K. S Schneider

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
This film contains most of the elements of a wonderfully old fashion horror movie: the beautiful, tragic young couple facing an incurable illness; the mad old woman in the ruined old castle; the family skeleton in the closet; the drunken doctor; wonderfully fake monsters; a remote island setting; the delightfully dishonest innkeeper: so where did it go wrong? The editing was haphazard. There were glaring inconsistancies in the storyline. Sometimes there were hints that led nowhere. Other times things happened that made you sure you had miss an important part of the movie. There are flashbacks but they occur so quickly the only way I was able to tell they contained actual pictures and aren't just blurs representing the confusion and weakness of John's illness was to watch them in slow motion. Roy Dupuis and Kristin Lehman made the viewer care about what happened to John and Kathy Strauss. During their search for the secret of John's past they meet a number of interesting residents of the island. Sadly most of these characters never develop. Rutgar Hauer as the doctor is actually a more minor character than his billing lead me to expect. This film is not the movie it could have been, still I enjoyed it well enough to rewatch it and try of figure out the parts where I had been left with the feeling I'd missed something.
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For such a slow-paced opening (and middle), I really enjoyed the story of this oft-forgotten B-release. The plot, though not perfectly consistent--what horror is, right?--really interested me and I gave a damn about the main characters. Throw in some stumpy, mutant, photosensitive Morlocks that can make you smile and you have a real winner with some fun flavor. This is an "A+" of a B-movie.

Wait! B-horror that comes with a history lesson? Yes, please! In 1652 the King of Holland forbade intermarriage within aristocratic families when doctors discovered hemophilia and other genetic defects in the royal family. [End history lesson.]

Eva Van Daam (Gillian Ferrabee; Secret Window), a true narcissist, chose to lay with her twin brother (also played by Gillian Ferrabee), the closest second to making love to herself. After the king's decree against incest, she moved her family to the New World where, presumably, they could continue their sibling-kissing ways behind closed doors and they disappeared in history in some Atlantic island community.

Cutting to present day, we meet a very pale, awkwardly European-looking John Strauss (Roy Dupuis; Screamers). He is weak--noted by his heavy-handedness on his cane--has strange visions during seizures, and is a hemophiliac tended lovingly by his much healthier and more attractive wife Kathleen (Kristin Lehman; The Chronicles of Riddick). After a life-threatening nose bleed--referred to as blood poisoning--we quickly meet this Atlantic village's only doctor, Dr. Marlowe (Rutger Hauer; The Rite, Hobo with a Shotgun).

We learn that John was born on the island but raised in Paris since he was an infant, funded on some manner of anonymous/secret trust fund which the bank traced back to the Atlantic village.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I was very intrigued by this movie from start to finish. It was a very different movie for it's genre. It is a story about a orphan, in his adult life, having a major blood disease trying to find his family to get some medical history. He just doesn't know who his family is or where they are. He is drawn to an island that he has never been to before and finds his family. It sounds like a nice "run of the mill" type of movie. But it is anything but a "run of the mill" type of movie. In search of his family, he gets more than he bargains for. Roy Dupuis is a great actor in this role and does give the audience some "nice views". I highly recommend this movie to anyone that loves zombie and mutant movies.
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Format: DVD
Writer Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Dead & Buried) has lately turned to B-movies, as this one or the superior "Screamers" show. Also a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's narrative (he directed "The resurrected", based on a Lovecraft tale), he co-writes this Canadian horror movie which is slightly based on another Lovecraft tale.
The film is cheap, yes, and there are no big names in the box (well, except Rutger Hauer), but it has the charm that only B-movies have, together with some gore and unconventional features which will scare the more conventional viewers. Hey, this is not for children!
So it is appealing to B-movie lovers and Lovecraft fans, but the low budget ultimately becomes a problem: while the first half of the film benefits from the slow pace and the acceptable suspense, once the mystery becomes evident and the special effects department becomes the main attractive, the film looses interest, and the poor climatic sequences are too short and poorly directed (I guess they tried to hide how few money they had) to be climatic at all.
With more lenght and money, "Bleeders" would have become a little classic. As it is, well, at least is funny and unconventional, because I honestly believe you cannot made such an unpleasant and disgusting movie if that is not your purpose from the very beginning.
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