I met the director and screenwriter Richard LeMay (who directed the recent Dementia 13 reboot) for a chat on filmmaking, horror and more, in relation to a film that (though released now) was actually started before Dementia, the incredible story of supernatural horror Blood relationship, now available on VOD.
Every 25 years, it begins. Linked to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descends on a small rural town to sacrifice 4 lives, one of which is a member of their family. The ritual begins when 18 years old Kerry (daughter of Josh Brolin, Eden Brolin), finding herself pregnant, realizes that her unborn baby is the goal of a sinister plot. As the months go by and the people around her begin to appear dead, she desperately searches for a way out of this unthinkable situation.
Blood relationship it has been rightly described as Drag Me to Hell meets Rosemary's Baby. LeMay really does a great job in developing mythology around the damn family and really sticks to the intense fatalistic quality inherent in the very idea of things like magic curses and spells. There are no moments – as in many horror films with fatalistic themes – that make you think, well, that would not happen if someone had a protection spell on them (which makes Kerry as he must be safe to bring the child to the family of witches need their ritual). LeMay launches a killer breakthrough at the end also for good measure.
In addition to Eden Brolin, Blood relationship also plays Joseph Melendez (The Americans), Rosa Arredondo (Roswell, New Mexico), Gerald McCullouch (CSI), is Cobra KaiAnd & # 39; Vanessa Rubio.
To catch Blood relationship On Demand now from Clay Epstein's Film Mode Entertainment and enjoy the interview and two clips from Blood relationship under.
Hi rich and welcome to The 405! To begin, what initially inspired you to write Blood relationship?
It actually comes from a journalistic service on a domestic invasion of Long Island. I kept thinking, "What should I do?" The reality is that I probably would have been killed but I kept thinking about …? This eventually led to: and if the house was inhabited by witches?
It's fascinating. It is also the perfect follow-up to my second question. I found the part of the domestic invasion of Blood relationship be a fascinating spin for the genre. How did you do this when you were writing it?
I wanted there to be a moral story in some way. What you do is what you come back. This is a theme in the movie …
Indeed. That idea of karma …
… not only from the point of view of witches, but in all the characters. If they were going to face a bloody fate, then they must have at least earned it (not that anyone deserved to die, but it's a movie.)
Exactly, just a story.
How was the research? I am particularly curious about the creation of the mythology you have done in the family. Very interesting. The "Rosemary & # 39; s Baby meets Drag Me to Hell"The comparison is suitable for the cursed element of history.
I did a huge amount of research for this project. I have to admit that some of the things I found were quite disturbing. But basically, I felt like it was supposed to be in the film, it had to be authentic. Everything in this film has a root in what is out there (in terms of research) and has torn apart some of the cast sometimes.
What were the challenges as with Blood relationship be a more singular vision for you (being the author of the project) against Dementia 13? The theme of fatalism in both projects is really interesting.
The funny thing was that I had fired Blood relationship before me Dementia 13.
I have been hired for Dementia out of a bad copy of the film. After Dementia 13 It was released in theaters, I returned to post production Blood relationship. Dementia it was the first film I had directed that I did not write. It was a great experience in this regard.
Cold. Do some funny or memorable moments arise from the shooting process?
There were a lot of them, but one night I remember being with my hair and make-up, and the cast received these symbols painted on the forehead and on the chest. I had a book with those symbols, so I was comparing myself to the make-up artist. I think it was Eric Nelsen who asked her "What do these mean?"
I told him that these symbols meant that they were bound by blood to die. I left, without thinking about it. Later, one of my producers, Nicole Sylvester, told me that they were all out of their minds because they had to wear these symbols all night long in the woods on their foreheads. I guess they thought it would be fake symbols. But they were all soldiers.
A question about a question that I ask everyone: what makes great horror?
I love horror. For me, the horror films of the 70s were fantastic because they focused on the characters. This was my goal, at least. The 2 main cables have completely opposite bows. It was fun to try and make it come to life on screen.
You did a great job with writing Blood relationship – very well done. Which films and directors really influenced you as an artist?
Many, but to name a few … Ang Lee, Noah Baumbach, Darren Aronofsky. I know they are not directors of horror, but they make great films.
Versatility is always a great thing.
Finally, what's waiting for you Rich?
I've just finished my first novel. I'm also producing 2 films this year. So we'll see how we model this year. So far, I'm really excited.