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Blood Child (2017)

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Blood Child is horror thriller based on a true story. Bill and Ashely DiAngelo seem to have it all, an overseas posting to Singapore, life in paradise and a new baby on the way. But tragedy... See full summary »


Jennifer Phillips
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Credited cast:
Alyx Melone Alyx Melone ... Ashley
Cynthia Lee MacQuarrie Cynthia Lee MacQuarrie ... Siti
Biden Hall Biden Hall ... Bill
Lisa Kovack ... Renee
Charlotte Cattell Charlotte Cattell ... Naomi
Coco Uiga Coco Uiga ... Anna
Tara Chitaroni Tara Chitaroni ... Anna
John Haslett Murphy John Haslett Murphy ... Raphael
Steve Kasan ... Tom
Leah Radda Leah Radda ... Jane
Meredith Heinrich ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carrie Beale Carrie Beale ... Female Bar Patron
Roman Berg ... Bartender
Lena Burmenko ... Female Neighbour
Sara Douglas Sara Douglas ... Medical Intern


Blood Child is horror thriller based on a true story. Bill and Ashely DiAngelo seem to have it all, an overseas posting to Singapore, life in paradise and a new baby on the way. But tragedy strikes when she loses the baby and sinks into a deep depression. Unbeknownst to Bill, Ashley decides that the only way for her to "be" with her miscarried child is to dabble in the South East Asian occult practice of raising her own "ghost child". She seeks the help of her Indonesian maid, Siti, tasking her to find a bomoh (witch doctor) who knows how to trap the spirit of unborn dead fetuses. Siti tries to dissuade Ashley from resorting to such dark magic but to no avail. In the meantime, in an effort to put the tragic events of the miscarriage behind them, Bill decides that it would be good for the couple to return home to Minnesota to start their lives over. Several months after their return to the US, Ashley and Bill are surprised to find themselves pregnant again. However, their happiness is ... Written by Jennifer Phillips

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Some bonds can never be broken


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English | Malay

Release Date:

10 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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First-time director clearly carried by more experienced crew
18 December 2017 | by jjjvviruSee all my reviews

Watched this film as part of Blood in the Snow 2017. It's an okay film but suffers from a lot of mistakes that first-time directors seem to make.

The story itself claims to be based on true events, but I can find no news sources that point to a story like this ever happening. Overall, the script is somewhat weak and the pacing of the story is too slow in the first half, while the ending feels rushed. It almost seems like this film was shot from the first or second draft. As Phillips is credited as the sole writer, it seems she suffers from the hubris that many directors do where they envision their story as precious and are reticent to make any changes.

Looking at the crew attached, I get the feeling that the successful completion of the film relied heavily on Phillips' more experienced crew during production, including 1stAD Jake O'Neill and line producer Emily Schooley, and the post-production team at Post City Sound. Much of a film is made during post-production and this seems to be the case here. The visual effects in the film appear to be all practically done, which at least is a refreshing change from overly CGIed films. The music is a bit over the top and often telegraphs the few scares before they happen, but is fairly solid overall. As for the cinematography, there are a few interesting shot choices and some nice detail shots of their creepy location, but overall they are pretty standard for indie horror films.

If anything, what kind of put me off of the film was the acting. The lead character Ashley is simply not a strong actor. She is thin and good looking (and that's probably why she was cast for the lead) but a lot of her performance is flat and telegraphed. The film would have been far more interesting with a stronger lead, even if she wasn't as conventionally attractive. Most of the rest of the characters are pretty unlikeable and/or downright annoying, which also takes away from the enjoyment of the film. The actual Blood Child was kind of cute when she wasn't scary, though it seems like this film was banking on the child-being-scary as part of its thrills.

Watch it if it's on Netflix and you're bored, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to see it again.

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