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Blessed Are the Children (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 5 November 2016 (USA)
After getting an abortion, Traci Patterson begins to suspect that something sinister is following her and her friends.

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Credited cast:
Kaley Ball ...
Traci Patterson
Keni Bounds ...
Mandy Crane
Arian Thigpen ...
Erin Peters
Jordan Boyd ...
Ben Lane
Michael Kinslow ...
Stephen Fordham
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John Balsam
Cheryl Abernathy ...
Stephanie Patterson
Jennifer Wilder ...
Tina
Hope Prybylski ...
Amy Moore
Claire Mayronne ...
Bernadette Moss
George Mayronne ...
Eric Moss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Henderson ...
Cute Guy
Sara Largent ...
Gabbi
Chris Wesley ...
Jogger
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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? Written by CWM Entertainment

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You held their life in your hands. He holds yours in his. See more »

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The idea for the film was something writer/director, Chris Moore, came up with in 7th grade while attending a Catholic school and being forced to attend pro-life assemblies. See more »

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I Haven't Been Able To Get This Out of My Head
5 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I saw Blessed Are the Children at a local film festival a little while back and followed the film's page on Facebook soon after. A post a few weeks ago got me thinking about the film all over again and how much I enjoyed it. I guess it haunted me more than I realized.

Blessed tells the story of a young woman who's having an awful year, made even worse when she realizes she's pregnant. She decides she doesn't want to keep the baby, goes in for the abortion, and then finds herself stalked by creepy anti-abortion protesters in baby masks.

This could have been a run-of-the-mill slasher, but there's enough talent in front of and behind the camera to give it a certain gravitas most films of this type simply don't have. It's definitely low-budget (apparently shot for $1,000?), but it certainly doesn't feel amateur. For instance, the three female leads are perhaps some of the best written and acted horror film characters I've seen in a while. They're realistic, smart, funny, and wonderfully flawed as well. You can tell the creative team really loved these women.

Some might find the film a bit slow, but I was never bored. There's not any bloodshed until about 30-40 minutes into the film, but after that point, it rarely slows down again. I went in thinking that I'd know who'd live and who'd die, but by the last act, it really became a free for all and I found myself wonderfully surprised and thrown off guard on several occasions. The final shot is especially haunting and gasp-inducing.

As of now, this movie is, I guess, just playing festivals, but if it comes to one near you, check it out. I'm hoping it's released on DVD soon. It's one that'll stick with you.


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