Watch: Blessed Are the Children 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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?.
Plot: After getting an abortion, Traci Patterson begins to suspect that something sinister is following her and her friends.
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Suspenseful Southern Slasher
My friends said I should check this one out and I have to be honest – I didn’t know what to expect. The concept sounded potentially interesting, but the trailers didn’t do too much for me. I’m grateful that I did, because Blessed Are the Children might be one of the more interesting low/no-budget slashers I’ve seen in at least a decade.
Granted, this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a lot more to unpack here than most straight to video slasher flicks and I admire the filmmakers for trying something new and going to places most films wouldn’t.
Let’s start with the characters – they’re terrific. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen three leads this well developed and defined. There’s Traci – the mopey one whose father just died right before her wedding to an abusive person named Ben who, apparently, threw her pets at a wall while drunk. Eager to get back into the dating scene, she’s become a friend with benefits for John, a self-absorbed med student, who might just as bad as Ben. She then finds out that she’s pregnant (by who, it’s never said) and she decides to get an abortion. In her corner are friends Mandy – a sassy lesbian hairdresser and Erin – a shy, awkward virgin.
After Traci’s abortion, she starts noticing creepy baby-masked people stalking her and her friends and the body count starts adding up. A lot of these murder scenes are staged with a god degree of panache and even a fair amount of suspense (something a lot of low budget filmmakers forget about). Some gore effects are better than others, but there should be enough to please the gore hounds among us. Thankfully, the kill order is super surprising and hard to expect. I did gasp a few times when some of my favorite characters were taken out abruptly. It certainly never feels safe and I love that.
As for the flaws…well, there are a few. I think it could have shaved a few minutes off here and there. There’s a character from Traci’s past who shows up and we’re treated to an overlong scene in a restroom where we start to discover that this woman is lying about what a happy life she has as a young mother. The writing isn’t bad and it could be argued that this scene helps inform Traci’s choice to get the abortion, but it feels like it belongs in a different movie, especially thanks to an incredibly over the top performance by the girl playing Traci’s friend. There’s also a really bad instance of dubbing/ADR that feels like a weird Italian horror movie as well as several weird sound issues throughout. That stuff doesn’t bother me as much as some people, because I could always understand everyone fine even if it wasn’t always the cleanest or best sound.
Flaws aside, Blessed Are the Children has its heart in the right place and it’s super entertaining and memorable addition to the slasher subgenre.
I Haven’t Been Able To Get This Out of My Head
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.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (USA)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Christopher Wesley Moore
Writer Christopher Wesley Moore, Chris Wesley
Actors Kaley Ball, Keni Bounds, Arianne Elizabeth
Country United States
Awards 6 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
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Printed Film Format N/A