Blood harvest is atmospheric as possible for a movie with such a small budget. Writer / Director Thomas robert lee has shown he is a filmmaker to watch and Jessica Reynolds. An actress who will be on the rise very soon.
Audrey (Jessica reynolds), an enigmatic young woman, and her mother Agatha (Catherine walker) live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of an isolated Protestant village. As the community is besieged by a plague of unknown origin, children, fields and livestock begin to die. Yet Earnshaw's farm remains strangely intact. As mass hysteria takes hold in the village, the townspeople launch witchcraft accusations against Audrey and Agatha.
In a clever twist on the cliché story of innocent women accused of witchcraft only because their crops and livestock continue to live on when everyone else dies. We actually see that our protagonists are witches and the only reason their cultures live is that they don't dare say it. We can see our witches taking a little control over the situation when necessary and being the ones on the offensive under the nose of the village.
The battle of religions continues throughout the film, with the villagers sensing that Agatha's crops and animals still alive are now more than suspicious, they blame, but do not act. It is this action that prevents Agatha from wanting to help the rest of the village. She could help them easily, but they support a different religion, so she refuses. It's a dark story Lee tells here, that if Agatha and the connection Audrey were respected, then maybe she would offer to help. But, since they do the opposite, she has no reason to help him. Not that she wanted it anyway because she caused the hardship. She also makes sure that her daughter lives and is safe from them.
Wonderfully, Lee doesn't shy away from grim visuals, allowing us to see dead characters, left for possible days to decompose. These are heartbreaking visuals, but one that helps ensure that the film gets your full attention. Wisely though, he doesn't keep pushing these aspects on the public's faces and the Reigns a bit, or in the case of the farmer killing his animals, pulls back to let us see what happened. It's little touches like this that keep the movie going to keep you invested, too much of either would be a disaster for the movie, so its decisions to properly balance its blood.
What powers Blood harvest is definitely the cast. The whole set shines here, but no more so that our two protagonists Jessica reynolds and Catherine walker. Reynolds is shaping up to be a future star with this stunning performance. She allows Audrey's frustrations to be kept away from everyone else and it all goes up and allows Audrey's confliction to represent itself perfectly on her face through her physicality. It is an assured performance of the young actress. Likewise, Walker can balance Reynolds Audrey with a strong character but fair to his daughter. Playing a paranoid character can be a thankless task, but Walker can wear that aspect very well.
Lee's script is where the film falters a bit sadly as there are clear lulls in the 93-minute feature. The most glaring problem is why the film is set in 1973 in North America, when all the characters live this "virtuous" life, but when the animals, the earth and especially the children die, why no one asks- does he help? The belief that their faith will lead them to safety is a bit absurd when all the children have died in your village. There are only so many deaths that a village can endure and just trust their faith to keep them in their righteousness and ultimately it strains history.
Lee's strength is evident in his directing, he can set the pace for the movie so well, by facilitating the audience in this world and letting the villagers have short interactions with Audrey, we allow the mystery to build, even though we know this. that are Agatha and Audrey. There is still a mystery for Audrey. As an audience, we want to see how it goes.
Lee and his director of photography Nick thomas are excellent at their portrayal of life here. The film is drenched in coldness, which makes everything in this little village even harsher and darker than it gets. Natural light is our friend here, it is well used to create that authentic atmosphere of a society without technology. There are obvious comparisons with Blood harvest, but I think it advances those thoughts and allows us to see the next step in empowering these women.
Blood harvest is an irresistible folk horror that is motivated by the excellent performances of its Thomas robert lee second year image.
Horror | United States, 2020 | 18 | Digital HD | November 16, 2020 (United Kingdom) | Signature Entertainment | Dir. Thomas robert lee | Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Walker, Jared Abrahamson
Blood harvest was released in North America under the title of The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw | Find the original review here.
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