Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 6: Kindred (2020)

Rosemary's Baby is one of my favorite films of all time, horror or not, and though it has influenced countless films, it's a rare film that can even come close to its brilliance.

Kindred is not one of those films. 

I'd also say it's just barely a horror film at all, although the situation Tamara Lawrence's character Charlotte finds herself in is pretty horrible: When her partner dies just after she learns she is pregnant, his family takes an unhealthy interest in her and her coming child.

Fiona Shaw stars as the overbearing and cruel grandmother to be, and per usual whenever she's required to play evil, she does it quite well. But throughout the whole thing I felt like the movie was trying to straddle the line between drama and horror, with the horrific flourishes feeling tacked on and not fleshed out. It also builds up to an ending that should pack a punch, but falls oddly flat.

So, can't entirely recommend, despite excellent performances all around...

Kindred is currently streaming on Hulu.

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