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(aka "Bad Blood" or "Coisa Ruim" )

 

directed by Tiago Guedes and Federico Serra
Portugal 2006

 

Intellectual Xavier (Adriano Luz) drags his wife Helena (Manuela Couto) and kids (the oldest son ready to break away, the daughter a teenage mother, and the youngest son still not having gotten over his fear of the dark) away from Lisbon to a backwoods village and an old house that he has inherited from a very distant uncle. Much more worrying than the familial tensions, seances, rumors of witchcraft, werewolves, and the very real exorcisms performed on the village's children are the unexplainable sights and sounds within the house and differing effects they are having on the family's children. A slow-burn art house horror film, BAD BLOOD (COISA RUIM) is close in spirit to the films of Manoel de Oliveira (with whom this film shares producer Paolo Branco) in juxtaposing after dinner conversation about faith and superstition with a steady build-up of the inexplicable. Unlike so many more conventional horror movies, the approach to the familiar basic storyline of a family moving into a haunted house is more realistically handled. The unexplained is questionable, the family is quietly dysfunctional enough to not communicate, characters question their susceptibility to visions/hallucinations, and the family confide in the priest because to an extent he is just as much an outsider as they are amidst the superstitious village populace. What doesn't really work is the pacing which is more "arthouse-like" than actual arthouse in its combination of cutting away when things get strange and contemplative holding of some shots beyond interest and the mystery behind the haunting was always bound to disappoint after the effective build-up of dread despite an understated climax.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 2 March 2006 (Portugal)

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Distribution

Tartan Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.84:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Portuguese DTS 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.84:1

Edition Details:
• Making of BAD BLOOD (4:3; 29:50; in Portuguese with English subtitles)
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:36; in Portuguese with English subtitles)
• Trailers for RED ROAD, SHEITAN, SLAUGHTER NIGHT, DORM, SILK, THE MAID, and BLOODY REUNION

DVD Release Date: 28 August 2007
Amaray

Chapters 15

 

Comments

Tartan's transfer of this underrated arthouse horror film is a PAL-NTSC standards conversion. The Portuguese R2 release reportedly has English subtitles for the feature but not the extras.

A half-hour making-of featurette and the original trailer are both subtitled on the Tartan disc which is rounded out by a selection of Tartan European and Asian horror trailers.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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