As FANGORIA's resident Session 9 super nerd (you can see receipts here, if you wish), I am not only honor-bound to report on each and every new movie directed by Brad Anderson, but also happy to do so. Virtually ever Anderson film has had something in it worth recommending, and I'm pleased to report that his latest effort, called Blood, is no different.
How about a cast that includes Michelle Monaghan and Scream's Skeet Ulrich? How about a rabid dog transmitting some sorta vampiric disease to a kid (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, seen in the header image above) who then starts drinking blood like Kool-Aid? How about a big, spooky tree? You like any of that? Well, then, you might just enjoy the trailer for Blood.
Let's take a look.
In case any of the above is unclear, here's Blood's official plot synopsis, via press release:
"Jess (Michelle Monaghan), a nurse and mother recently separated from her husband (Skeet Ulrich), moves her daughter Tyler (Skylar Morgan Jones) and young son Owen (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) back into her family farmhouse. Shortly after settling in, Owen’s dog escapes into the woods and returns days later, blood-soaked and rabid. When the dog attacks and bites him, the resulting infection grows more shocking as Owen’s behavior becomes frightening and deadly. As he spirals deeper into the depths of the illness, Jess discovers a disturbing cure, which makes her question how far she is willing to go to keep her child alive."
Admittedly, they're playing a bit coy in that synopsis (It's very clear what Jess needs to do in order to keep her son alive! We see him drinking blood over and over again in the trailer!), but no matter: this looks to be, in the grand Brad Anderson style, another chilly, atmospheric, upsetting little horror film. That it also features a strong cast and a big, spooky tree is just a few more cherries atop this particular sundae.
Blood (which, it might be worth noting, is officially unrated) hits theaters on January 27th, with an On Demand release a few days later on January 31st. We'll be there for it.