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Blood On Her Name: This Indie Neo Noir Thriller Is Loaded With Suspense

Bethany Anne Lind gives a stellar, breakout performance as Leigh Tiller in the new indie thriller Blood on Her Name. Leigh is involved in the accidental death of a criminal cohort of her ex-husband and rather than report the crime or hide the body, she surreptitiously returns it to his family, setting off a string of unexpected and deadly events. Lind imbues her character with a pathos so palpable, it leaves the viewer heavily invested in her successful survival. Finding out whether she achieves that goal requires watching this entertainingly grim and wholly well-made motion picture to its very end.

Lind’s Tiller is a single mother of a troubled teen who runs a car shop that used to be owned by her now jailed ex-husband. He used to move stolen cars through it, and Leigh put a stop to that, once he was out of the picture. Her father Richard, played by Will Patton, is the local sheriff, and he has a checkered past of his own that has caused estrangement from his daughter. But when she gets in over her head, which she does in this movie, she has nowhere else to turn but to him. After Leigh returns the aforementioned dead body to his kin, those same family members come calling, trying to find out how he met such an untimely end. This leaves Leigh straight out of luck, as she put her own self between a rock and a hard place with her inexplicable actions. There are more to those than first appear, and as the film goes on, we see how love and family came to motivate her foolhardy decisions.

The film’s plot is ever so simple, but is brought to the screen in a masterful way. First-time feature film director Matthew Pope has a command of camera and facility with actors few others in his same position are able to manifest anywhere near as well with their debut works. It helps that he’s working with great actors like Lind and Patton, with Elisabeth Rohm and Jimmy Gonzales also contributing memorable turns in supporting roles.

Blood on Her Name is the type of small, independent film without big names that can easily slip through the cracks in its release. Other reviewers have lauded it with kudos and one hopes that the groundswell of positive critical response is enough to get viewers out to theaters or to rent it on VOD. Those who do make the effort will almost surely find themselves satisfied with the gem of a movie that they find, one that is engaging and gripping from start to bloody finish.

Blood on Her Name is in select cinemas and on VOD now.

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Final Grade: A-

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