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A promising script that needed revising,
This review is from: In The Blood (DVD)
In The Blood is about a college student whose attempts to uncover his sexuality become complicated by psychic visions about a campus killer. This movie is stylishly produced and much better-acted and scored than your average horror flick. Its promise as the next generation of horror is equaled only by the viewer's disappointment when the ending fails to deliver.
I wondered, while watching this, if this film had been shot during the writer's strike. That's the only reason I can think of that certain flaws could have gone uncorrected during the shooting process. There are a few dialogue cues that would make more sense in a high school context than college, for example; as if this script had started out as a story about high school students and then changed settings during the second draft.
The story itself has some pretty awesome possibilities. The concept of a family secret about hereditary mojo isn't new in horror, but the particular twist featured in this movie is something I've never seen before. The relationships, both family and romantic, are given enough complexity to be thoroughly watchable, which is why the lack of believable follow-through smarts so much at the end.
Bottom line, I was enjoying the story up until the final act. The last scene in particular was irritating beyond belief, but I refuse to let it ruin my experience of the entire movie. If the director has an alternate ending, I'd love to see that on a future DVD release, and I would pay full price for it. Otherwise, I'd recommend other users to catch this one free on late night cable, or buy it in the bargain bin, but don't pay full price for this one.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2009 10:19:17 PM PDT
S. Cooper says:
I totally agree with everything you're saying but I think the ending was sort of necessary. It sucked and it made me mad but if it didn't end like that we would never see the psychic vision come to fruition and we'd wonder what the heck it meant. Whenever there's a movie where someone has premonitions there's an unspoken rule that at least part of the premonition has to come true or we can't make sense of it. His premonitions just so happened to be vague and short.
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