Blessed Are The Children, Chris Moore: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Chris Moore
Writer: Chris Wesley
Release Date: November 5, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
Traci Patterson (Kaley Ball), an adrift 20-something who’s still reeling from the death of her father and her breakup with an abusive fiancé (Jordan Boyd), discovers that she’s pregnant.
With the help of her friends, Erin and Mandy (Arian Thigpen, Keni Bounds), she decides to terminate her pregnancy, but quickly after leaving the clinic, she begins seeing and hearing things…
Shapes in the corner of her eye, strange noises in the middle of the night, and ghoulish figures stalking her every move. Is it guilt or are Traci and her friends in grave danger?
Blessed Are The Children released at the beginning of November, 2016. The Drama, Horror, Thriller is directed by Chris Moore and is written by Chris Wesley.
The film focuses on a young woman, who gets an abortion after discovering she’s pregnant. She becomes the target for stalking and humiliation from a couple of masked assailants.
Traci Patterson (portrayed by Kaley Ball) recently separated from her abusive fiancee. Traci began a new relationship with John (portrayed by David Moncrief). John turns out not the best catch at all. She soon discovers she’s pregnant, and she shortly visits an abortion clinic.
After her visit, Traci finds herself taunted. The torment is not only from her psychotic ex fiancee, but also a couple of masked assailants. It seems the latter are anti-abortion. They stand outside of the abortion clinic with picket signs. The assailants also condemn people for their choice to abort.
Soon, those who are close to Traci suffer a terrible fate. The masked individuals make their way through the small group of people, killing them one by one.
Plot: The best thing about Chris Moore’s Blessed Are The Children is the central idea of the story and plot. Movies with an extreme religious premise are taking surface in the Horror circuit. One of the more successful films is Larry Kent’s She Who Must Burn. This film falls into the same niche as Moore’s film.
Performances: The performances of the cast had a b-movie quality. The kind of acting you shake your head to while watching a cheesy, low-budget movie. What’s more, they portrayed the naive victim mentality well.
Special Effects: The violence is brutal at peak moments. Yet, the effects are outrageous and cheesy. This minimizes effectiveness and the scare factor. These moments made the film comical than serious and intense, in which the film tried so hard to achieve.
The world is filled with religious communities. There are religions that don’t believe in unconventional processes such as abortion. This is the central focus of Blessed Are The Children.
This makes for the perfect antagonist, which consists of a small group. Sometimes it is a whole community of anti-members. Especially those invested in the church. Their sole purpose is to prevent these ideals from becoming accepted and circulated.
This, in turns, makes for the perfect story and plot. The protagonist is condemned, haunted, and tortured for their own personal choices and beliefs.
This is the perfect idea for a Horror story pitch. Chris Moore’s Blessed Are The Children has a promising plot. Yet, its delivered with mediocre performances and cheesy special effects.
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