Review: ‘Nothing But The Blood’

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Jessica Cutler is a small-town journalist sent to cover the grand opening of a controversial new church. As the ministry digs its roots into the town and its residents, Jessica’s life begins to take an unexpected, violent turn that will shake her foundations to their very core. Nothing but the Blood stars Rachel Hudson (Ashes to Ashes), Jordan O’Neal (Fabletown), Nick Triola (Remember to Forget), and Les Best (Scare Package). It is written and directed by Daniel Tucker.

The film dives headfirst into the invasive nature of religious culture. It highlights the cultlike aspect church communities can fall into. Perpetuating the abuse stereotype, but taking it a step further by allowing it to pervade its followers. That sheeplike mentality that creates a bigger monster that has a habit of eating its young. It isn’t truly until 53 minutes into this film is when the realization hits. This particular story is slimier than most.

While it looks like it was filmed in the 90s and plays exactly like it was cast from a small-town community players, high points to Maya Ganghi, Jenna Green, and Jessica Wynn for the practical makeup. The finale is what we’re all waiting for, using the insanely dark and bloody passages of the Bible to seek revenge is very clever. Hands down, the most intense performance come from Les Best as the church’s leader. The commitment should be applauded.

As a former Catholic, the literal interpretation of scripture is ignorant and dangerous in the real world. After 8 years of Catholic schools, I was personally driven away when told by my 8th grade religion teacher that if I told my mother I was gay, it would be the equiviloent of me telling her I had murdered someone. I was out. In Nothing But The Blood, the use of scripture is the most successful part of the film. I wih we had seen this earlier in the film. This aspect has series potential.

The film hits VOD, blu-ray, and DVD nationwide on Tuesday, August 4th.

 

 

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