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Blessed Are the Children (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 5 November 2016 (USA)
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After getting an abortion, Traci Patterson begins to suspect that something sinister is following her and her friends.

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Christopher Wesley Moore (as Chris Moore)

Writers:

Christopher Wesley Moore (as Chris Moore), Chris Wesley
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Credited cast:
Kaley Ball Kaley Ball ... Traci Patterson
Keni Bounds Keni Bounds ... Mandy Crane
Arianne Elizabeth ... Erin Peters (as Arian Thigpen)
Jordan Boyd Jordan Boyd ... Ben Lane
Michael Kinslow Michael Kinslow ... Stephen Fordham
David Moncrief ... John Balsam
Cheryl Abernathy Cheryl Abernathy ... Stephanie Patterson
Jennifer Wilder Jennifer Wilder ... Tina
Hope Prybylski Hope Prybylski ... Amy Moore
Claire Mayronne Claire Mayronne ... Bernadette Moss
George Mayronne George Mayronne ... Eric Moss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Henderson Eric Henderson ... Cute Guy
Sara Largent Sara Largent ... Gabbi
Chris Wesley Chris Wesley ... Jogger
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Traci Patterson (Kaley Ball), an adrift 20-something who's still reeling from the death of her father and her breakup with an abusive fiancé (Jordan Boyd), discovers that she's pregnant. With the help of her friends, Erin and Mandy (Arian Thigpen, Keni Bounds), she decides to terminate her pregnancy, but quickly after leaving the clinic, she begins seeing and hearing things - shapes in the corner of her eye, strange noises in the middle of the night, and ghoulish figures stalking her every move. Is it guilt or are Traci and her friends in grave danger? Written by CWM Entertainment

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His god is not your god. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The idea for the film was something writer/director, Chris Moore, came up with in 7th grade while attending a Catholic school and being forced to attend pro-life assemblies. See more »

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Several scenes involving the Traci/John relationship were shot and dropped from the film for run time concerns. See more »

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Suspenseful Southern Slasher
28 October 2018 | by GaryKurt101See all my reviews

My friends said I should check this one out and I have to be honest - I didn't know what to expect. The concept sounded potentially interesting, but the trailers didn't do too much for me. I'm grateful that I did, because Blessed Are the Children might be one of the more interesting low/no-budget slashers I've seen in at least a decade.

Granted, this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there's a lot more to unpack here than most straight to video slasher flicks and I admire the filmmakers for trying something new and going to places most films wouldn't.

Let's start with the characters - they're terrific. It's been a long time since I've seen three leads this well developed and defined. There's Traci - the mopey one whose father just died right before her wedding to an abusive person named Ben who, apparently, threw her pets at a wall while drunk. Eager to get back into the dating scene, she's become a friend with benefits for John, a self-absorbed med student, who might just as bad as Ben. She then finds out that she's pregnant (by who, it's never said) and she decides to get an abortion. In her corner are friends Mandy - a sassy lesbian hairdresser and Erin - a shy, awkward virgin.

After Traci's abortion, she starts noticing creepy baby-masked people stalking her and her friends and the body count starts adding up. A lot of these murder scenes are staged with a god degree of panache and even a fair amount of suspense (something a lot of low budget filmmakers forget about). Some gore effects are better than others, but there should be enough to please the gore hounds among us. Thankfully, the kill order is super surprising and hard to expect. I did gasp a few times when some of my favorite characters were taken out abruptly. It certainly never feels safe and I love that.

As for the flaws...well, there are a few. I think it could have shaved a few minutes off here and there. There's a character from Traci's past who shows up and we're treated to an overlong scene in a restroom where we start to discover that this woman is lying about what a happy life she has as a young mother. The writing isn't bad and it could be argued that this scene helps inform Traci's choice to get the abortion, but it feels like it belongs in a different movie, especially thanks to an incredibly over the top performance by the girl playing Traci's friend. There's also a really bad instance of dubbing/ADR that feels like a weird Italian horror movie as well as several weird sound issues throughout. That stuff doesn't bother me as much as some people, because I could always understand everyone fine even if it wasn't always the cleanest or best sound.

Flaws aside, Blessed Are the Children has its heart in the right place and it's super entertaining and memorable addition to the slasher subgenre.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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$1,000 (estimated)
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Macabre Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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