Friday, July 15, 2016

The Binding (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Religious Horror That Tries to Makes Its Own Way

I have to give props to the new Scream Factory title The Binding. I did not like this one, but at least it pursued its religious based Horror themes uniquely. The minute that I read that it was “in the tradition of Rosemary’s Baby” I was concerned. We’ve seen plenty of baby Horror and religious demonic possession Horror and religious baby Horror and pregnancy related Horror (usually involving demonic possession or the Devil). The Binding took a different approach and focused in on one individual’s visions and prophecy with hints of newborn involvement as respects the Anti-Christ.

The acting is subpar, there’s nothing visually to grab onto and most of the drama generated by occult related activity may as well have been scripted for the Lifetime network. No visual effects. Some uncomfortable family drama. Some uncomfortable mention of addition and “how to be a preacher” 101. Even the ending, where you expect a pay off in the form of a little baby with devil horns or even an ultrasound picture with the number 666 on it, pops you right in the noogies. Nada. A quick montage to a close with a hint of the evil one, but I had to watch it a few times to realize that nope, I hadn’t missed a damn thing. The ending was just that uneventful and unprofound.

The only thing I’ll leave you with is that it contains 20 minutes of deleted scenes…. 20 minutes deemed unusable that was not already part of the borefest that you spent an hour and half watching containing… well… nothing. One has to ask whether this is one of the religious movies made by a church that wanted to bring new sheep into the fold. I don’t think I’m grasping at straws here.

You can pick up The Binding now.

Once upon a time, God Almighty appeared before one of the chosen, and commanded that he slay his own flesh and blood. Perhaps that time has come again…

Sarah Iman (Amy Gumenick, Arrow, TURN: Washington's Spies) is a young mother and faithful minister's wife. Her religious devotion and idyllic home life, however, are put to the ultimate test when she is forced to uncover the truth behind her husband's horrific visions. As tensions rise and secrets come to light, Sarah soon finds herself spiraling toward a terrifying choice between faith and blood.

A tale of unthinkable horror in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby, writer/director Gus Krieger's journey into the darkest corners of one family's faith features supporting performances by Leon Russom (True Grit, Prison Break) and Larry Cedar (The Crazies, Deadwood), with special guest appearances by Max Adler (Glee), Catherine Parker (Absentia) and Stuart Pankin (The Artist).

Bonus Features

Over 20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes
Cast Interviews With Amy Gumenick (Sarah Iman), Josh Heisler (Bram Iman) And Leon Russom (Minister Uriel)
Commentary Track With Writer And Director Gus Krieger
Teaser Trailer

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