Then, one evening, a stranger comes calling. He's a genial Southern gentleman named Nick (Patrick Breen) who flashes old-timey charm and says that his car has broken down. In truth, he's about to break up the family's stagnant existence. He comes bearing secrets himself. He knows more about the Smiths than he lets on, but even he is surprised by what he finds in the bleeding house.
The End Result
The dialogue is sharp, even if Nick is a bit of a Foghorn Leghorn caricature, and the story keeps viewers on their toes with its quick pace, intriguing characters and plot twists that, while not unpredictable, still play out with juicy theatrics. With its limited, one-house setting and impassioned monologues (courtesy of Nick), it has the air of a play, though the cast is not quite Broadway caliber. They're effective enough, though, when given a strong script like The Bleeding House, which is hopefully a sign of things to come in Gerlatt's promising career.
- Acting: C+ (A bit amateurish at times but ultimately effective.)
- Direction: B- (Taut yet understated)
- Script: B (Smartly doesn't go down the expected exploitation path.)
- Gore/Effects: C+ (Fairly restrained gore-wise.)
- Overall: B- (Smart, tense and engaging.)
The Bleeding House is directed by Philip Gelatt and is not rated by the MPAA. Release date: May 13, 2011 (on demand April 20).