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Cassidy is a hot college jock with a sexy secret - he s attracted to men. Giving into his urges he gets involved with a lusty Latino hustler, only their passion triggers bizarre violent visions of his coed sister Jessica soaked in blood. Cassidy panics when news breaks that a serial killer is roaming campus targeting pretty blondes. As his visions swell, the hunky athlete realizes he must embrace his gay desires if he is to crack this gory mystery. Evoking John Carpenter and Brian De Palma s 70s classics, In the Blood is a stylishly riveting horror film.
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I wondered, while watching this, if this film had been shot during the writer's strike. That's the only reason I can think of that certain flaws could have gone uncorrected during the shooting process. There are a few dialogue cues that would make more sense in a high school context than college, for example; as if this script had started out as a story about high school students and then changed settings during the second draft.
The story itself has some pretty awesome possibilities. The concept of a family secret about hereditary mojo isn't new in horror, but the particular twist featured in this movie is something I've never seen before. The relationships, both family and romantic, are given enough complexity to be thoroughly watchable, which is why the lack of believable follow-through smarts so much at the end.
Bottom line, I was enjoying the story up until the final act. The last scene in particular was irritating beyond belief, but I refuse to let it ruin my experience of the entire movie. If the director has an alternate ending, I'd love to see that on a future DVD release, and I would pay full price for it. Otherwise, I'd recommend other users to catch this one free on late night cable, or buy it in the bargain bin, but don't pay full price for this one.
What follows is a stylish, sexy thriller much in the same vein as the 70s classic THE EYES OF LAURA MARS. As the danger to his sister mounts Cassady is visited by an aunt who reveals a disturbing family secret. They are "gifted" with the ability to see visions of the future. This gift is tied to their sexuality and the visions only become long enough to see clearly during periods of true physical intimacy. The aunt's psychic ability, which was never great to begin with, only gives her the same glimpse her nephew has already seen. To save his sister Cassady must do the unthinkable: commit both emotionally and physically to having sex with another man.
By this time I was literally on the edge of my seat. What a fantastic twist! As any gay man or lesbian woman in the GLBT community understands, taking the leap and having your first homosexual experience is also the first step in building the identity that is critical to long term happiness. Such an experience is not about coming out. It is about the very core that makes members of sexual minorities unique = their sexuality. Usually this process is slow and involves at least a few compassionate partners. Cassady doesn't have that luxury.
Which gets me to James Katherine Flynn. He puts in a phenomenal performance. Don't get me wrong, the other actors do good jobs, but I was riveted by the lead. The man is so good looking it would be easy to get distracted but that doesn't happen. You can positively taste his character's desperation throughout the film.
But then comes the end. WTF!!! I agree with many of the previous reviewers. The climax blows what was a fascinating story. As I can see it two critical mistakes were made by the director/writer. First, the protagonist doesn't solve the mystery. Instead it is pushed off on one of the supporting characters, and even then it is done in the most minimalist fashion possible - almost as an afterthought. Second they kill off the lead. Although not unheard of in the thriller genre, it is still rare - except when of course it seems to concern gay characters who in typical Hollywood formula meet up with a sticky red end. How predictable. Linking gay male sexuality with death and violence has been done so many times before that seeing it applied yet again is insulting.
I was going to give this film four stars for James Katherine Flynn's performance and the initially fresh story, but I just can't. As a viewer, the ending left me profoundly disappointed.
One of those DVD's I will give away rather than keep as I would never watch it a second time