Blood Clan (1991)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Robert Firsching

First off, it should be noted that this strange horror film directed by Charles Wilkinson (Quarantine, Seduction in a Small Town) is not, as advertising and many reviews claim, "based on the true story of Katy Bane." It is instead apparently based on the legend of Sawney Bean, the leader of a 15th century family of inbred cannibals who supposedly robbed and murdered travelers and lived in the coastal caves of Scotland. Blood Clan updates the legend to 1895 and changes the family name to Bane for no apparent reason, since it is unlikely that any surviving 400-year-old feral cannibals would sue for defamation. At any rate, the film begins with a group of Scottish soldiers killing the entire family for their crimes, except for a young girl who ends up in Canada by 1910, a pretty redhead named Katy Bane (Michelle Little from Apollo 13) living on a farm with her adopted family. Needless to say, someone starts chopping up the locals and Katy falls under suspicion because of her family's murderous past. There are also some peculiar nightmare scenes involving Stonehenge, a wicked stepmother, and some interesting twists. The Sawney Bean legend inspired a much better horror film called The Hills Have Eyes (1977), but this neglected Canadian entry will do in a pinch.