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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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Things that go bump in the mind., 23 June 2014
Author: skriknaton

Independent horror films are usually trite and imitative, which I find hard to understand, since the very absence of movie studio execs should promote creativity. In the case of It's in the Blood, however, that creativity is present to an intriguing degree. The premise of characters isolated in the wilds is of course nothing new, nor is the tensions of a soured father and son relationship, but this film manages to do something different with these ideas, and in such a way that it's bound to divide its audience.

If you're looking for gore, thrills and madness, there is plenty of that, but It's in the Blood isn't as straightforward as all that. Horrific events years ago plagues Russell's and October's attempts at reconciliation, but it isn't all bitterness and antagonism. In fact, what sold me on the movie is the layered relationship between the two characters, the way we see that they're truly fond of one another, share a sense of humour and truly want to heal old wounds. There's also a strong sense of realism in how these two men, each a tough survivor in his own way, find it difficult to talk about their vulnerable sides. The interplay, sensitively delivered by the leads, anchors the film and makes you care about what happens to the characters, which is of course of paramount importance for a horror film to work.

There is no doubt, I think, about what happened to October, his adopted sister Iris (Sirna) and Russell years ago, when they ran afoul of lunatic Michael (Gonzales), but what is actually going on in the forest in the present day? Now that, I think, is where It's in the Blood captivates some of its viewers and loses others. It is, to put it succinctly, hard to tell.

There seems to be a very palpable monster, which at one point forcefully drags Russell along the ground, and which we get to see in unsettling glimpses. There is violence done to the characters. Both men clearly believe there's something there. But is it real, or is it October's journey of catharsis, or are "tactile hallucinations" (a term briefly seen in a book) just something that's "in the blood" of this family? We don't really find out, since the ending is ambiguous and, given what has gone before, either too simplistic or just another incarnation of family insanity. Or maybe the monster is real. We don't know. This is not a film with a high rating in most quarters, and the intentional blurriness of its storyline is most likely the reason why – if you're looking for a monster movie, perhaps you don't want mysterious psychology to cloud the gut-ripping.

Personally, I think the uncertainty gives you an unexpected opportunity to think, pretentious as it may be. It's in the Blood does have that arty film school feel in some of its particulars, like the fact that post production must have been an exuberant exercise in dragging the colour grading slider all over the place: present day scenes as well as horrific ones in the past are drained of colour in that trendy noughties way, while the few happy remembrances are almost parodically bright, golden and cheery of hue. The monster does well to hide in darkness and fog, for the couple of more intimate snatches we catch of its appearance are less than convincing. So there are things to point to if you want to deride the movie, but all in all, this is an impressive debut feature with more meat than blood to it.

As I intimated above, this kind of story doesn't work without good actors. Elliot is effectively brooding as the young and troubled October, but it should come as no surprise that Henriksen steals the show. Russell is a broken, used up man who could never get past his wife's death and his drunken failure at rescuing his son and daughter when they most needed him. Still he maintains his tough guy exterior and tries to pretend that all is well. Henriksen elevates his character to a raw degree of naturalism, eliciting sympathy for a man whom it should be hard to like. I don't know what happened to Henriksen's career, but it's a shame that he is, without exception, relegated to no-budget horror movies (most of them much worse than this one) these days. When Henriksen appears, you look at him. When he speaks, you listen. That's a rare gift, and one that Hollywood producers and casting agents should treasure. That he's also one of the more brilliant actors of his generation is icing on the cake.

It's in the Blood is flawed but ambitious, and it makes for a nice change to see a low budget horror film that puts some effort into the script and characters while not forgetting the grue. I'll take pretentious over mindless any day.

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