A woman’s panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spins out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man’s body to his family.
Starring: Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, and Elisabeth Rohm
Directed by: Matthew Pope
Written by: Don M. Thompson, and Matthew Pope
“Blood on Her Name” opens right after a murder has been committed. It’s a dark and rainy night, and Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind) has found herself alone in her auto shop with a dead body. She seems confused at what to do, and weighs her options as she paces around. She decides to dispose of the body in a lake, but just can’t do it once she’s on the water. Instead, she returns the body to a shed outside of the dead man’s home. It’s a decision that will haunt her from that point on.
The opening scene is a good hook because it leaves the audience wanting to know what happened in the auto shop. Did Leigh commit the murder? It seems likely she did, but then the audience is introduced to her young son Ryan (Jared Ivers), who's on probation. Maybe Leigh is covering up the murder for him. If she did kill the man was it self defense or was something else going on?
The mystery continues with the introduction of her father Richard (Will Patton), who’s also a cop. They have a rocky relationship to go along with a few secrets of their own. There are a few flashbacks that Leigh has when she was a little girl riding along with her father. Lets just say that he might not have always done things by the books.
Seeing how unstable Leigh is, it’s hard to believe she could pull off not getting caught. When she realizes she lost a necklace at some point, she scrambles to retrace her steps and find it. She has no idea if she just misplaced it, or it was lost during the murder. Her father warned her that she would make a mistake, and what a big mistake it turns out to be!
As the story moves on, the audience gets to know Leigh more, and her previous relationship that plays a role in everything that happens. They really play with the audience giving reasons to both like and dislike Leigh. Has life just gotten the better of her, or is she responsible for the choices she’s made and people in her life? Actually, many of the characters in this story leave the audience wondering are they really a good person or not.
As events play out the audience finds out what happened that rainy night. While it doesn’t turn out to be the biggest murder mystery ever, it sets up one hell of an ending. The final scene is full of tension, suspense, twists and turns. Again, how the audience feels about certain characters might effect how they feel about what happens. Regardless, the final seconds will leave them saying, “damn!” With that, I give “Blood on Her Name” 2.5 pools of blood.