I caught up with director and writer Richard LeMay (who helmed the recent Dementia 13 reboot) for a chat on filmmaking, horror, and more, as it relates to a film that (though coming out now) was actually started before Dementia, the incredible supernatural horror story Blood Bound, out now on VOD.

Every 25 years, it begins. Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descend upon a small rural town to sacrifice 4 human lives, one being a member of their own family. The ritual begins when 18 year old Kerry (Josh Brolin's daughter, Eden Brolin), finding herself pregnant, realizes her unborn baby is the target of a sinister plot. As the months pass and people around her begin to turn up dead, she desperately searches for a way out of this unthinkable situation.

Blood Bound has been rightly described as Drag Me to Hell meets Rosemary's Baby. LeMay really does a great job of developing the mythology around the cursed family and really sticks to the intense fatalistic quality that is inherent to the very idea of things like curses and magical charms. There are no moments – like in many horror movies with fatalistic themes – that make you think, well that wouldn't happen if somebody had like a spell of protection over them (which Kerry does as she must stay safe to carry the child the family of witches needs for their ritual). LeMay throws in a killer twist at the end for good measure too.

In addition to Eden Brolin, Blood Bound also stars Joseph Melendez (The Americans), Rosa Arredondo (Roswell, New Mexico), Gerald McCullouch (CSI), and Cobra Kai's Vanessa Rubio.

Catch Blood Bound On Demand now from Clay Epstein's Film Mode Entertainment and enjoy the interview and two clips from Blood Bound below.

Hello Rich and welcome to The 405! To start things off, what initially inspired you to write Blood Bound?

It actually came from a news report about a home invasion in Long Island. I kept thinking "What would I do?" The reality is that I would probably be killed but I kept thinking what if…? This eventually led to: what if the home was inhabited by witches?

That's fascinating. It's also the perfect segue to my second question. I found the home invasion part of Blood Bound to be a fascinating spin on the genre. How did that element factor in when you were writing it?

I wanted there to be somewhat of a morality tale. What you put out is what you get back. That is a theme in the film…

Indeed. That idea of karma…

…not just from the witches' perspective, but in all the characters. If they were going to meet a bloody fate, then they had to at least have earned it (not that anyone deserves to die, but it's a movie.)

Exactly, just a story.

Eden Brolin as Kerry in BLOOD BOUND.

What was the research like? I'm particularly curious as far as creating the mythology you did around the family. Very interesting. The "Rosemary's Baby meets Drag Me to Hell" comparison is apt with the curse element of the story.

I did a tremendous amount of research for this project. I have to admit that some of the stuff I found was quite disturbing. But essentially, I felt like if it was going to be in the movie, it had to be authentic. Everything in this film has a root in what's out there (in terms of research) and it creeped some of the cast out at times.

What were the challenges like with Blood Bound being a more singular vision for you (being the auteur on the project) versus Dementia 13? The theme of fatalism in both projects is really interesting.

The funny thing was that I had shot Blood Bound before I did Dementia 13.


I got hired for Dementia off of a rough cut of the film. After Dementia 13 was released in theaters, I went back into post production on Blood Bound. Dementia was the first feature I had directed that I didn't write. It was a great experience in that sense.

Cool. Any funny or memorable moments stick out from the process of filming?

There were quite a few, but I remember going into hair and makeup one night, and the cast is getting these symbols painted on their foreheads and chests. I had a book of those symbols, so I was comparing with the make-up artist. I think it was Eric Nelsen who asked "What do these mean?"

The symbols. Ross Wellinger as David in BLOOD BOUND.

I told him that these symbols meant that they were bound by blood to die. I left, thinking nothing of it. Later, one of my producers Nicole Sylvester told me they were all freaked out that they had to wear these symbols all night in the woods on their foreheads. I guess they thought it would be fake symbols. But they were all troopers.

[Laughs] Nice.

A spin on a question I ask everybody: what makes great horror?

I love horror. For me, the horror movies from the '70s were great because they focused on the characters. That was my goal at least. The 2 main leads have completely opposite arcs. It was fun to try to make that come to life on screen.

You did an excellent job with the writing on Blood Bound – very well-done. What films and directors have really influenced you as an artist?

Many, but to name a few… Ang Lee, Noah Baumbach, Darren Aronofsky. I know they’re not horror movie directors, but they make great films.

Versatility is always a great thing.

Last, what's next for you Rich?

I just finished my first novel. I'm also producing 2 movies this year. So we will see how this year shapes up. So far, I'm really excited.

Clip 1 from BLOOD BOUND.

Clip 2 from BLOOD BOUND.