Blood Brothers, Jose Prendes’ Drama, Horror
Blood Brothers, Film Details
Director: Jose Prendes
Writer: Jose Prendes
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Release Format: Theatrical, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes
Blood Brothers, based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, tells the tale of Charles Brubaker and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco, who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses.
This game will eventually lead to murder, but problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul, a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.
Blood Brothers, also known as The Divine Tragedies, is gearing for its theatrical premiere on December 2, 2016. The Drama, Horror, Thriller is written and directed by Jose Prendes, and produced by brother duo, Jon and James Kondelik of Dual Visions.
It focuses on half-brothers Charles Brubaker (portrayed by Graham Denman) and Thomas Lo Bianco (portrayed by Jon Kondelik), who aspire to commit the perfect murder and become amongst the greatest criminals of all time.
It is said to be based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case.
Charles and Thomas consider themselves to be far more superior than most. The set out to test this self-proclamation by committing random acts of unsympathetic crimes, starting out on the mild end of the spectrum, but soon spiraling out of control.
When they get their feet wet into the world of corruption and crime, they thirst for more, and the ultimate desire to be amongst some of the most notorious serial killers of all time. But they must find the perfect victim.
To them, the perfect victim is not just anyone. It’s someone who holds “purity” and importance in society; someone who will be dearly missed. Purity, to them, is someone who possess good vibes and positivity, and who is a good, innocent person all around.
This person is Genevieve (portrayed by Hannah Levien), who is a kind-hearted young single mother.
Following their first act of crime, Charles grows a lethal desire and lust for blood and to finish what he and Thomas have started. On the same token, Thomas has grown an overbearing feeling of guilt and defeat, and rebels against the whole idea completely.
While all of this is going on, their Mother (portrayed by Barbara Crampton) is bed-ridden but has silently been the orchestrator the whole time.
The Story: Jose Prendes’ Blood Brothers is the perfect tale of corruption, crime, murder, mayhem, and fantasy all mixed into one little abstract world.
A small, isolated family (half-brothers and their mother), who considers themselves of superior intelligence, live in a world of dark fantasies and desires, however, they hide under caution so they are not initially suspected.
But they will soon find out that they can only hide for so long and their superiority will lead them in a world of trouble when a dedicated police detective, Homer (portrayed by Ken Foree) becomes hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to catch them.
Performances: Graham Denman, Jon Kondelik, Barbara Crampton, and Ken Foree are phenomenal in their performances and bringing their characters to life. Denman and Kondelik take you into the mind and the world of a serial killer.
Crampton is good at portraying the role of the innocent, but deep down, underneath her illness, she too is a cold-hearted criminal just like her sons. Foree portrays the committed detective who becomes obsessed with the case in a sense.
Viewing Experience: Blood Brothers is a visually artistic cinematic experience in all of it’s dark and brutal glory. Amidst the unforgiving violence, there are interweaving scenes of a dark and twisted fantasy, and although they can feel a bit random, they shed a different light on the topic and theme.
Speaking of the interweaving scenes of dark and twisted fantasies, this is spread throughout the film but will throw the viewer off briefly as they come at random times during the film.
It’s kind of like abruptly jumping from one scene to the next before the previous scene has finished. It can best be described as a brief flashback or a thought or vision that gets cut off and proceeds to the next scene.
Blood Brothers takes you into the world of corruption and crime with serial killers being the interlocking focus. The Horror circuit has been the dominant outlet for movies like this for decades, but Prendes’ film still manages to shine through the masses.
The story and storytelling, the artistry, and the superb performances are what makes this film fresh.
Blood Brothers will make its theatrical and digital premiere on December 2, 2016. It will release on DVD on February 14, 2017.