Blumhouse has just released its trailer for Bloodline, a horror in which Sean William Scott plays--get this--a serial killer who uses his job to only kill bad guys while at the same time raising a son who may carry the same kill-need in his own blood. Does that sound like a season of Dexter? Absolutely.
I get it, though. Who really wants to play a Henry-type serial killer with all the ugly, consciencelessness that comes from a person indiscriminately killing for his own pleasure? Angling it so there’s a heroic quality to the killing--in this case Scott being able to murder the abusive parents of the kids he councils--can leave the sexiness of an animal drive to take another person’s life intact without it being all that bad. I can’t help but wonder if maybe that might just be missing the point of serial killers, though, and maybe you shouldn’t make a movie about a serial killer if you can’t handle what a serial killer is.
That said, the trailer is short, so there may be more layers left to be seen. Scott has a good solid vacancy to his face, so even if the movie isn’t anything special, he’ll probably come out just fine.
Bloodline will hit theaters and VOD sometime this fall.