Francis (Noah Segan) is a loner and that’s just the way he likes it. He spends his days in quiet motels that are out of the way and finds ways to make money whenever he can. However, one day his quiet and solitary life is disrupted when Jane (Victoria Moroles) turns up at his door and claims that she’s his daughter.
Not really knowing how this could be possible, Noah denies it at first, but he soon realises that he must teach Jane everything he knows because it turns out that she’s a vampire too. Something which becomes an issue for them both when Jane kills Francis’ landlady.
Blood Relatives is a coming-of-age horror comedy Shudder Original about a father and daughter getting to know each other. A unique premise and something that’s not often discussed in vampire lore because most people don’t know that vampires can have children under the right circumstances – not even Francis. However, the story works out well and the horror spin on a familiar tale told in films such as Logan and The Road plays out as an audience may expect.
The idea of the adolescent experience being played out in comparison to vampirism is hardly a new metaphor either, but it is well done and there are some very funny moments while Jane is trying to figure it all out. There’s good chemistry between Segan and Moroles as well which helps the audience connect with their characters.
However, for those expecting something with a little more bite, then they may be disappointed because the story of Blood Relatives could easily be played out even if there were no vampires. Instead, Blood Relatives feels more in tone of a feel-good drama with some comedic moments where a father learns responsibility while his daughter finds her place in the world.
It may also turn some people off because for the most part the horror is forgotten and only brought in for the comedic scenes.
Saying that though, Blood Relatives is a good story well told and is unusual for a horror comedy to leave you with a warm feeling. The two leads give great performances and there could even be potential for a high school sequel.
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