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Review: The only scary thing about Blood Hunters is the performances

Lara Gilchrist in Blood Hunters.

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2 out of 4 stars

Title
Blood Hunters
Written by
Corey Brown
Directed by
Tricia Lee
Starring
Lara Gilchrist, Benjamin Arthur
Genre
Mystery
Classification
18A
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2016

For the modern moviegoer, indie-genre films are always a risky proposition. Why take a chance on an unknown quantity that only offers the faint promise of cheap thrills and untapped talent when there are thousands of other, better-known productions available at the touch of a button? Why risk two hours of your life on cover art that looks cool and terrifying and everything else a horror movie is supposed to offer, when what's behind that marketing could be as dull as simply staring at your Netflix queue? That's the question I returned to over and over while watching Blood Hunters, a fine-enough go-round for Canadian director Tricia Lee, but just not unique or skillfully executed to spark a recommendation, even for the genre-curious. A locked-door thriller that makes decent use of its spare set and limited budget, Lee's film tries to find the tension in a host of perhaps interesting themes (addiction, parental responsibility), but all are handled with a lack of finesse. As for the performances … well, I'm not going to get into that in this small space, because that would be a true horror show.

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About the Author

Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing has also been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. More

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