Bind, Dan Walton and Dan Zachary’s Dark Horror
Bind film details
Originally Titled: American Conjuring
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror
“A young family who moves into a home with a dark and tragic history although they are unaware that it used to be an orphanage and now houses the tormented spirit of a deceased woman named Hester Corbett who killed herself in the basement. Upon their first night of moving into the home, the family soon realizes that something supernatural might be there with them as strange things start to happen.”
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The “Bind” trailer opens up with eerie background sounds. We instantly see a car driving. The family inside the car is talking about the house. We snap to the first scene of said house. The house looks dark and eerie from the outside.
The words “They were looking for a new start” flashes on the screen. The scene instantly flashes to what appears to be an old photo of the house. A woman asks the mom of the family about the house. She mentions the orphan murders that previously happened inside the house. This, of course, startles the mother.
We get the first scene of odd events. One of the daughters is resting and she sees the door slowly creak open. The words “They found a home with a dark history” flash on the screen. We flash back to the scene with the daughter. The door continues to creak open. We see a dark figure in the doorway. You can’t quite make out what it is just yet. This frightens the girl.
We come to the next scene of odd events. The younger daughter is doodling on paper. I bet you can guess what she’s drawing: creepy pictures of some sort of “boogeyman”. Can this possibly be the dark figure that we caught a glimpse of in the doorway? We see more disturbing drawings from the girl. This is when the mother is convinced that something is definitely not right about the house. We see a questionable scene, where the younger daughter grabs a kitchen knife. This scene gets more disturbing as we see her shadow on the wall. There is blood dripping, followed by an odd laugh. Could this mean what I think it means?
The next scene shows the father walking up the stairs. There is someone in the bathroom, in the shower. But everyone else is gone. So, who could be in the shower? He slowly opens the door to the bathroom. We see a dark figure behind the shower curtain. A voice calls out to him: “Hello, stranger”. We then see a hand peek out from the shower curtain. However, this isn’t any normal human hand. It looks more rotten, like a corpse. What we see next is a sequence of intense scenes, displaying the struggles, battles, and horrors the family is going through…against whatever this unknown presence may be. The trailer ends with quite a disturbance. The father has been captured by an unidentified assailant, taken a hostage, and seemingly tortured.
“Bind” also has a working title of “American Conjuring” on IMDb. The trailer gives me mixed feelings about the movie. On one hand, I have a feeling of slow oppression buildup, leading to some grand finale. On the other hand, I have a feeling of back-and-forth, up-and-down intense moments. “BIND” can take either one of these paths, but it’s hard to distinguish exactly which path it’s taking based on the trailer alone.
While viewing the “Bind” trailer, I got a sense of familiarity. I’m seeing the same things that we always see in films like these. Films that come to mind are “Hide-And-Seek” (2005, director John Polson) and “Sinister” (2012, director Scott Derrickson). It has the slow oppression buildup of “Hide-And-Seek”; where the mental and emotional suffering of the family is being long drawn out. Then, they’re the intense, disturbing moments of “Sinister”; where we witness some sort of demonic possession within the youngest daughter. At least, that’s what I’ve conjured from the disturbing scene, where the girl is seemingly slashing her wrists. Of course, this could all be hypothetical, given that all you see is a shadow; not the act itself.
Most of the “Bind” trailer is slow and drawn out, with a few eye-catching scenes popping up here and there. What really catches my attention overall is the ending scene; where the father appears to be abducted, taken a hostage, and tortured. This scene, alone, is what attracts my attention enough to want to watch the movie itself. Based on the rest of the trailer, I can speculate that “BIND” is your typical supernatural/ghost story, where weird things happen, and things go “bump in the night”. 40-50 minutes of long, drawn out cinema foreplay, only to finally see the heart of the film in the final 10-15 minutes.