Written & Directed by: Philip Gelatt
Full credits at IMDb
Would-be thriller The Bleeding House centers on a peculiar family, The Smiths, who bear spooky suggestions of bygone infamy: their knife drawer is padlocked; they have a strict, panic-provoking rule against pets; and, when the father sees his wife in an apron splashed with red stains, he freaks. "It's just paint," she assures him. This is a family haunted by its tragedy-marked past—denied, like other American lives, that coveted second act. Too bad this compellingly cryptic imagery is neutralized by writer-director Philip Gelatt's on-the-nose dialogue, delivered by a cast seemingly recruited from a regional theater company in the boondocks in which the movie was shot.
Keep reading this dispatch from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at The L Magazine
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