It was like a picture-perfect dream, a brand-new house, the bliss of a budding marriage, and the anticipation of a soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. But as Sarah and Matt decided to throw a celebration for their friends, the idyllic scene took a sinister twist, turning into a heart-pounding nightmare as they ventured into the charred remains of a prison, hunting for the supernatural.
Bleed, crafted by the creative minds of Tripp Rhame and Ben Jacoby, with Rhame at the helm of direction, spins a tale of horror and mystery. Here’s a fun nugget for you: that very same bar you saw in The Walking Dead, where Hershel’s struggles take place in Season 2, makes a cameo as the opening scene’s setting in this movie.
Our journey unfolds in 1979, introducing us to nine-year-old Ana, who strolls into town for some candy, only to find herself in a chilling chase and abduction after the locals spot a moon-shaped birthmark on her wrist. Fast forward to modern times, where expectant parents Sarah and Matt are settling into their new home. A flat tire leads to an eerie encounter with the local sheriff, whose strange behavior follows his discovery of a moon-shaped birthmark on Sarah’s neck. The stage is set for the realization that they might have picked the wrong town to move to.
As the couple opens their doors to friends Bree and Dave, Sarah’s free-spirited twin brother Eric crashes the party uninvited, alongside his girlfriend Skye.
The intrigue heightens when Ana’s grave is stumbled upon near the house, leading Eric and Skye to recount their ghostly escapades. However, their tales fall on skeptical ears, except for Eric’s disclosure that he and Sarah encountered spectral entities in their childhood, saved by a swarm of butterflies. An unsettled Sarah takes a solo drive.
Amidst the group, Dave sheds light on a local serial killer, the gruesome Cannibal Kane, known for devouring his victims. Kane’s life led him to a prison that went up in flames, consuming all within. The ashes of the prison are rumored to be haunted, triggering the decision for a ghost-hunting expedition.
As the friends step into the remains of the prison, a malevolent otherworldly presence looms, and the specter of Kane emerges, menacingly reaching out. Sarah spared from his assault, is presented with a butterfly—a symbol linking to her past. The visceral, blood-soaked effects amplify the film’s tension, and the spirits of the townsfolk chase Sarah while her companions meet gory fates within the prison’s walls.
Hints of occultism lace the storyline with a touch of mystique, but as the plot winds toward its climax, confusion sets in. Who or what is after Sarah and her unborn child? The puzzle entangles, leaving questions in its wake. Will Sarah emerge from the chaos unscathed? Can her baby survive the malevolence that surrounds them? And what remains of her friends? Only by watching Bleed will you unlock the answers to these enigmatic queries.