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THE BLOOD LANDS a.k.a. WHITE SETTLERS (2014): Review…Just Another Home Invasion

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A London couple moves to the Scottish borders in the hopes of a change of scenery and a new life. Life is great at first, until some of their neighbors show them what they think of out-of-towners.

I sat down to watch THE BLOOD LANDS knowing absolutely nothing about it. Directed by Simeon Halligan and starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Lee Williams and Joanne Mitchell THE BLOOD LANDS is a slow burn.

The first half of the film is just setting up the couple’s (Ed and Sarah) character traits, how wonderful they get along and how great the new place is.

Then Sarah begins hearing things outside in the barn, harassing her husband to go check it out. This happens a few times and the last time Ed gets kind of pissed off. Well with his guard down he sets out to please his wife by taking a look.

But unfortunately for him some men in pig masks (yes pig masks… again) capture him and tie him up in the barn. As that’s happening some other pig mask wearing assailants head to the house for Sarah, but she is one step ahead of them and escapes.
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What follows is the typical home invasion set up (especially those damn pig masks; am I the only one sick of home invasion flicks where the bad guys wear animal masks?  Surely someone can come up with a better idea). Sarah finds Ed, releases him, Ed gets captured again, then Sarah gets captured, and the cat-n-mouse continues for the last third of the film.

There is some good suspense going in the film, and Sarah gives some baddies a bloody whack or two, but that’s really all this film has going for it. It’s supposed to be based on a true story — if this is true, then every home invasion film is based on these same events because there is absolutely nothing new here… except the ending.

The ending is the only truly original thought in the script, and whether you like it or hate it, it will leave you thinking “what the fuck is going on?”.

If you dig the staple home invasion flick, you certainly should check this one out. If pig masks scare you, you should check this one out. If you don’t think either is very interesting, walk on past this one.

 

 

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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