You know what gets me to watch a movie every single time? Based on a true story. Nothing makes me want to watch something more. That’s what drew me to Blood Child, which is based on the Malay myth of the Toyol, which are ghost children raised by black magic.
After a devastating miscarriage in Singapore, Ashley turned to a witch doctor to start the process of raising a ghost child that would help her discover the spirit of her lost baby. This tragedy brings her and husband Bill back to the United States where his friends are amazed that he stayed faithful to her in a foreign country filled with beautiful women.
Soon, the couple finds themselves pregnant again, but their joy doesn’t last long. That ghost child — or the spirit of their lost baby — will not come in second place to a living child. And what about Siti, their housekeeper, who has come back with them, creeping out all of their friends?
What really struck me about the film is the incredibly casual misogyny of Bill’s friends toward his marriage and wife’s mental state. “You just need to get laid” seems to be their solution to a spouse in major need to support. And everyone in the film has no issue at all being racist toward Siti, who is one of the few sympathetic characters in the film.
I also enjoyed the fact that the spirit in this film chooses technology to make its presence known. In moments of physical interaction, some of the characters turn to stare into their screens, such as when a girl attempts to seduce Bill in a bar. Instead of enjoying that moment — when he shouldn’t be — he starts to film it and instead of watching her giving him a sexual favor in digital POV, he’s greeted with the face of evil.
The film marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Phillips, who is also the film’s writer and producer. The film looks way better than most current VOD features and while some performances aren’t as good as others, it’s a decent first effort — minus the surprise ending, which feels a little tacked on.
As is typical in horror films, people don’t always behave like you or I would in these situations. When a voice tells me to get out, I get out! I also know better than to try and raise a ghost child, but then again, as far as I know, I am not a character in a horror movie.
Blood Child is now available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, inDemand, Dish and more. Plus, you can get the DVD from all major online retailers.
Disclaimer: I was sent this movie by its PR team, but as you know, that has no bearing on my review.