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  (in credits order)

Lance Henriksen ... Russell

Sean Elliot ... October
Rose Sirna ... Iris

Jimmy Gonzales ... Michael
Doran Ingram ... Truck Driver

Andrew Varenhorst ... Monster

Cameron Wofford ... Little October

Cassie Kinchen ... Little Iris
Dog ... Zeus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gary Teague ... Fleshling
Samantha Vine ... Earthling

Directed by
Scooter Downey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scooter Downey 
Sean Elliot 

Produced by
Natalie Angel .... line producer
Javier Bonafont .... co-producer
Scooter Downey .... executive producer
Scooter Downey .... producer
Sean Elliot .... executive producer
Sean Elliot .... producer
Bill Heumann .... executive producer
Original Music by
Didier Rachou 
Cinematography by
Mike Simpson 
Film Editing by
Scooter Downey 
Gillian L. Hutshing 
Frederick Wardell 
Casting by
Vince Lazzo (casting by)
Production Design by
John Parker 
Art Direction by
Leila Dallal 
Costume Design by
Ashlyn Angel 
Makeup Department
Bianca Appice .... fx intern
Jacenda Burkett .... key hair and makeup
Ralis Kahn .... shop foreman
Erin Klarer .... assistant make-up
Michael Mosher .... special fx makeup
Aubrey Noack .... assistant hair
Adrian Romo .... fabricator
Graham Schofield .... mold maker
Production Management
Brian Amandus .... post-production supervisor
Bill Lanier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John E. Bryant .... assistant director
Janet Jensen .... second unit director: photography
Jonny Mars .... additional first assistant director
Brian Murphy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kent Jude Bernard .... concept artist
Ian Blakely .... concept artist
Monica Clark .... art department assistant
Jeff Creech .... concept artist
Alan Lampert .... art department assistant
Brian T. McCarty .... property master
Cole McClaren .... art department assistant
Alex Schwartz .... art department assistant
James Thornton .... concept artist
Sound Department
Paula Fairfield .... sound designer
Ryan Gegenheimer .... sound effects editor
Paul Hackner .... sound effects editor
Joshua Aaron Johnson .... dialogue editor
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Carla Murray .... sound effects designer
Mauricio Paolone .... sound effects editor
Martin Pedersen .... sound mixer
James Pound .... boom operator
Sergio R. Rocha .... sound effects editor
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Brian T. McCarty .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Daryl Bartley .... visual effects artist
Brandon Miletta .... 3d artist
Raphael Protti .... lead 3d artist
Jonathan Sims .... visual effects supervisor
Bo Brissell .... utility stunts
Dylan Hart .... stunt coordinator
Chance Hartman .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rich Bond .... dolly grip
Rich Bond .... key grip
Jonathan Carbonaro .... second unit: digital imaging technician
Sequoyah Cunningham .... swing
Raul A. Erivez .... steadicam operator
Patrick Fortune .... swing
Geoffrey Frost .... first assistant camera
Jeff Holman .... additional best boy grip
Janet Jensen .... gaffer
Jason Keene .... car rigger
Brad Keffer .... swing
Billy MacCartney .... best boy grip
Crawford Morgan .... still photographer
Brian Nelligan .... second assistant camera
Kyle Osburn .... additional second assistant camera
Spencer Pharr .... additional gaffer
Chad Lear Plunkett .... grip
Ashley Riggs .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
D.J. Castillo .... assistant costumes
Shane Martin .... assistant costumes
Editorial Department
C. Blake Carlile .... assistant editor
Ryan Hoft .... on-line editor
John Nash .... on-line editor
Traci D. Nickerson .... post-production coordinator
Adam Stark .... colorist
Stephen Wiley .... additional colorist
Music Department
Rose Sirna .... score vocals performed by
Transportation Department
Bill Lanier .... transportation coordinator
C.J. Neels .... transportation assistant
Tara Reimer .... transportation driver
Other crew
Grant Anders .... craft services assistant
Anthony Caldwell .... key set production assistant
D.J. Castillo .... key set production assistant
Tiffany Chung .... script supervisor
Cary Daniels .... key set production assistant
Shane Davis .... production assistant
Rich Diamond .... production assistant
Steve Downey .... financial advisor
C. Wylie Earnhart .... key set production assistant
Beverly Gainer .... animal wrangler
Matthew Grumbles .... security
Jason Harter .... media management
Sarah Keffer .... office production assistant
Vince Lazzo .... production coordinator
Kristen Markette .... assistant production coordinator
Kristen Markette .... producers asssistant
Shane Martin .... key set production assistant
Mariah Maull .... post production intern
Aubrey Noack .... key set production assistant
Allison O'Brien .... office production assistant
Matthew A. Parker .... credits by (as Matt Parker)
Jeff Schwan .... safety consultant
Marti Swanson .... location manager
Jason A. Wallace .... title design
Tommy G. Warren .... studio executive
Jenni Wieland .... production accountant
Nathan Adams .... special thanks (as Nate Adams)
Steve Brannick .... special thanks
Jane Downey .... special thanks
Steve Downey .... special thanks
Bill Heumann .... special thanks
Lynn Heumann .... special thanks
Jason Lopez .... thanks
Bobby Neutz .... special thanks
Stu Pollard .... special thanks
Craig Thomas Quinlan .... special thanks
Tommy G. Warren .... special thanks
Trent A. Warren .... special thanks

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Russell:I clean up, grab a beer, go sit in the ol' rockin' chair and watch TV. You know, I haven't paid that bill in over a year. All I get is white noise. It's like ants fighting... I sit there every night watching ants fighting until I fall asleep... and in the morning I get up and do it all over again... and that's all there is. I got nothing left... but white noise.See more »
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It's In The Blood is the Way Indie Horror SHOULD Be!!, 29 May 2012
Author: anythinghorrorscott from United States

Up until I sat down to watch IT'S IN THE BLOOD, I realized I knew nothing about this film It has a small main cast, is filmed in isolated and remote areas, and often times has a very hallucinatory feel to it. IT'S IN THE BLOOD is an indie horror film that transcends the genre and ends up being a lot more than what it starts out as.

IT'S IN THE BLOOD is about a father, Russell (Lance Henriksen), and his son, October (Sean Elliot, who co-wrote & co-produced) who're trying to reconnect after not seeing each other for years. A terrible trauma both binds them together and pushes them apart and it's this horrific event in their pasts that they're trying to move beyond. They go out into the wilderness to hunt and try to bond and Russell ends up injuring himself bad (real bad) in what might be one of the worst compound fractures ever put on film. With limited mobility and absolutely no supplies, the two are completely at the mercy of the elements, and just when they thought things couldn't get any worse they realize some kind of creature is stalking them down with the intention of killing them. From the few distant and blurry images we get in the beginning it's obvious this is not your typical woodland predator after them. This thing is big, intelligent, and fierce as hell.

The film unfolds with the father and son having to come together to survive, all the while trying to figure out what the creature is and what it wants. At the same time, Russell's compound fracture is getting worse (make that, disgusting), and October's recurring nightmares about his past trauma, which includes the girl he loved, Iris (Rose Sirna), start bleeding into his waking state. This is most definitely a "slow burn" flick and director/co-writer Scooter Downey does a great job controlling the material. We get scenes that go from the 'real time' in the film to flashbacks of the horrific event that changed all their lives, to hallucinatory scenes of the creature. In lesser skilled hands, IT'S IN THE BLOOD could've been a muddled mess, but Downey masterfully controls all the various elements like a well-seasoned pro. The film is also shot beautifully, really embracing the dark and the isolation of the situation, and the editing is phenomenal. The dark and isolation become imposing characters themselves as they threaten and consume Russell and October. Downey's style here reminds me a lot of Lucky McKee's style in THE WOMAN (my review here). There's a noticeable lack of a soundtrack in the first half of the film and he builds the story in a slow yet deliberate manner where you feel the tension building as if you were inside a pressure cooker. Downey does a fantastic job here.

As great as the direction of the film is, it's the acting from Henriksen and Elliot that really make this film. You all know that I'm a huge fan of Henriksen's. He's an iconic genre actor that's been in some of horror's best films. But lately I've been seeing him popping up in more and more B-movies. Hey look, everyone needs to pay the bills and I'm just glad to see Henriksen still working. But his performance in IT'S IN THE BLOOD will remind you why you fell in love with this man in the first place. He's absolutely amazing here in the range he plays and the depth of his performance. He's the sheriff in this small, rural town who lost his wife and had to raise his son alone (and who also adopted a young girl and raised her as his own daughter). He's a tough old man who fiercely guards his emotions and feelings and rarely lets anyone "in." He's also a heavy drinker who hates where his life has taken him and who still can't get beyond the tragedy that destroyed he and his family's lives. But beneath it all, Henriksen's Russell loves his son and is trying to find the way to reconnect with him and get them to both overcome their pasts. And if you've ever wondered what Henriksen would sound like imitating a woman having an orgasm, IT'S IN THE BLOOD will settle that for ya!!

Sean Elliot is perfect in this role as Henriksen's troubled son. Elliot's October is a highly intelligent guy with a photographic memory who essentially stopped living after that traumatic event in the woods that fateful day. With both Elliot and Henriksen we get believable characters who do realistic things and react in realistic ways to the events they find themselves in. The writing is excellent and the execution is pitch-perfect. I know this isn't usually the kind of film I rave about, but when there's so few elements in a film, it only takes one small screw up to ruin everything. The cast and crew in IT'S IN THE BLOOD came together and executed on a very high level and made something truly fantastic. My only complaint is that the ending of the film got a little redundant.

I'm not gonna talk about the creature or the traumatic event in any detail. This is a film I want you to experience in the same way I experienced it ... without knowing a damn thing about it. But be warned; besides one of the most hideous leg injuries ever put on film, there's really not too much gore in this film. There are, though, some really disturbing images that'll satisfy the horror crowd. Some may argue that IT'S IN THE BLOOD isn't even a horror film. I label it a horror-psychological drama. It takes it's time developing all the characters and themes here, but the entire time you can feel it building up in intensity. This is a great film that won't be everyone's cup of tea, but those of you that connect with it will have a great experience.

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