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“Aaron’s Blood” a Twist on a Vampire Story

Now here’s a scriptwriter that came up with a pretty cool idea and he ran with it directing his own movie. Aaron’s Blood actually has a plot that I’ve not seen and he handles the subject pretty well. Although you can tell it’s an indie with a small budget, I’m guessing under $500 thousand, it has some very good camera work and the acting’s not half bad. If there isn’t a horror flick available on the big screen, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to check this one out.

Aaron’s (James Martinez) a widower raising his son Tate who’s now twelve and dealing with middle school. Being bullied by a classmate isn’t a big deal except in addition to being a nerd he has a blood condition, hemophilia. The school’s principal knows that Tate’s a good student, but cannot hold back calling Aaron that his son has tripped a boy on purpose and caused a fight.

Aaron (James Martinez) comforts his son at the hospital in AARON’S BLOOD

Realizing that Tate has been picked on, Aaron defends the boy. When a locker room incident sends Tate (Trevor Stovall) to the hospital, it becomes a matter of life or death with the boy needing a transfusion. It’s the start of a situation that mushrooms into a horror story involving vampires and blood thirst.

Tate (Trevor Stovall) ponders over a meal in AARON’S BLOOD

With all the vampire movies in circulation on the big screen and TV or available on video in someone’s library or VOD, you would think that no one’s going to come up with a new twist on the genre. But director and writer Tommy Stovall fooled me bringing a twist on vampires that I didn’t see coming. Sure somewhere in the millions of miles of horror film there’s a similar plot, so if you know of one, please let me know.

His cast does a good job bringing the story to the screen with the lead James Martinez taking a bow in only his first starring role in a feature film. He’s had a pretty sizable career on TV with over 40 titles so maybe this one will be his big Hollywood break. Here he makes Aaron a frantic father who has to cope with his boy’s life being in the balance from blood loss following a fight. He’s already lost his wife in an accident, so bad luck seems to be following him around. Then Tate recovers quickly from a bout with his bleeding disorder and Aaron’s confused. As the boy starts changing with his ability to see without glasses and becoming more of an athletic, Aaron gets excited about Tate’s future.

Aaron tries to recover from a fight in AARON’S BLOOD

In his motion picture debut, Treavor Stovall does a pretty good job of being the center of the plot. He’s able to show Tate as a timid kid that finds himself turning into a power house following a blood transfusion that saved his life. Getting back at the bullies are one thing, but satisfying his thirst becomes something he didn’t expect in life. He handles his lines like a champ developing from wimp to fearless.

Aaron’s Blood has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language, bulling, extreme violence and gore. Be cautious when deciding to allow immature children see the horror flick as it does have some scenes that are inappropriate for youngsters. Now in local theaters and June 6 on DVD.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A good indie film that shows a lot of talent all around.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: James Martinez, Trevor Stovall, Farah White, Michael Chieffo, David Castellvi, Justin Roberts
Directed and written by: Tommy Stovall
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language, violence, gore
Running Time: 1 hr. 20 min.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Distributed by: Gravitas Ventures

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com