Movie Review: ‘The Kindred’ Is A Haunting Horror Film You Need To See

January 11, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]


What’s worse than having your father commit suicide right in front of you? Not knowing why.


Moments after waking from a coma Helen (April Pearson) is hit with the news that she has been out for over a year, her father is dead, and that she delivered a baby all while in a coma. The moment she arrives home, she sets out to learn the truth behind her father’s death, not knowing that ghosts from his past would return to haunt her.


I had no expectations when I began watching The Kindred, but what I discovered is a damn fine film. From the beginning to the end it is intense, and the story is fresh. As the film plays out, we get so many surprising twists and turns that left me on the edge of my seat.


April is absolutely incredible, and it’s easy to tell that she put her whole heart into her role. What we get is a great character that we can connect with and empathize with. She emotes fantastically as she is constantly cycling through confusion, guilt, and terror. It feels so real. She completely nails it giving an award-worthy performance.


The entire cast, which also includes Blake Harrison, and iconic actor James Cosmo (Braveheart), did wonderfully. Cosmo, who stars as Frank, really brings to life a dark and twisted character with secrets that you don’t see coming.


Director Jamie Patterson did a wonderful job working from the well-written script by Christian J. Hearn. This film, part horror, part thriller, is expertly timed and paced and is a great story. What more could you want?


While minimum, the special effects look good. No, this movie is not a gorefest, but for those of you who love a good story, it’s a must-see, especially if you like dark movies. You won’t find a happy moment in it, it is only filled with heartbreak, mystery, and pain, but it is so good.


Do I really have to tell you that I recommend The Kindred? It should be obvious by now. Watch The Kindred today. It’s now out now from Vertical Entertainment.


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