Blood Red Sky (2021) - Dark Urban Fantasy

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A young mother, travelling on an overnight flight with her son, is forced to embrace the supernatural powers she has been trying to suppress when the plane gets hijacked and embroiled in an international conspiracy.
 

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First of this is a German film production, but the language in the film is a mix of English, German and Arabic. It didn't bother me at all. In fact I welcomed it as a refreshing take on the whole film scene that is so often dominated my American English, and not the variations. You will hear proper Queen's English instead as American's doesn't enter the picture. In a way I could say that the whole film feels so refreshing and almost immediately as a cult classic.

You know that you cannot get that title easily as it has to be earned just like it happened with the Dog Soldiers and many other fringe horror movies. The producers has approached the movie very well and there aren't any scenes that you could fault them scientifically speaking. In fact, all the physics and sciences work as intended.

Action wise there are plenty of surprises, especially in the plane cargo hold that gets utilised in multiple scenes as the tension rises up. But that is the thing as this film slowly ramps up in speed and the tension starts to pile up on the transatlantic flight.

At the heart of it is a mother. She like any of them, super-protective and lovely at the same time. She and her son gets caught in the high-jacking attempt that vaguely feels like a classified op in the way it is written. They have everything planned and there are contingency plans. But what they don't realise that as soon as they start to threaten the family, the mother responds unnaturally.

Not just by hissing and spitting or behaving badly, because she begs them to not to do it. To not show the violence and spill blood, because it'll make her boil from the inside. In other words, there is a beast inside her and it wants to emerge. Claw and tear, slash and spill, so she could drink it, because the demon inside her is hungry.

Yes, you guessed it, she's a vampire and I loved that they made her like the original Nosferatu: bald, pointy ears, mouth full of fangs and those claws at the end of long, bony fingers. And just like the original one, she isn't invulnerable as she gets hurts.

The marvel in this movie is that it is a slow burning and very tensile to the last moments. It explores MC's history, it gives reasons and explanations, when they are needed. The acting from all of them, except the doctor, was superb and they really do show emotion.

One thing that is negative, there is no continuation. This is one off movie and it should be awarded somehow. I suspect that BFA might feature it in this years category and if this had gone in SunDance, it could have won some categories.

Personally I loved the MC as there is a lot of corrolation between her and my Jane McGriffin.
 

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First of this is a German film production, but the language in the film is a mix of English, German and Arabic. It didn't bother me at all. In fact I welcomed it as a refreshing take on the whole film scene that is so often dominated my American English, and not the variations. You will hear proper Queen's English instead as American's doesn't enter the picture. In a way I could say that the whole film feels so refreshing and almost immediately as a cult classic.

You know that you cannot get that title easily as it has to be earned just like it happened with the Dog Soldiers and many other fringe horror movies. The producers has approached the movie very well and there aren't any scenes that you could fault them scientifically speaking. In fact, all the physics and sciences work as intended.

Action wise there are plenty of surprises, especially in the plane cargo hold that gets utilised in multiple scenes as the tension rises up. But that is the thing as this film slowly ramps up in speed and the tension starts to pile up on the transatlantic flight.

At the heart of it is a mother. She like any of them, super-protective and lovely at the same time. She and her son gets caught in the high-jacking attempt that vaguely feels like a classified op in the way it is written. They have everything planned and there are contingency plans. But what they don't realise that as soon as they start to threaten the family, the mother responds unnaturally.

Not just by hissing and spitting or behaving badly, because she begs them to not to do it. To not show the violence and spill blood, because it'll make her boil from the inside. In other words, there is a beast inside her and it wants to emerge. Claw and tear, slash and spill, so she could drink it, because the demon inside her is hungry.

Yes, you guessed it, she's a vampire and I loved that they made her like the original Nosferatu: bald, pointy ears, mouth full of fangs and those claws at the end of long, bony fingers. And just like the original one, she isn't invulnerable as she gets hurts.

The marvel in this movie is that it is a slow burning and very tensile to the last moments. It explores MC's history, it gives reasons and explanations, when they are needed. The acting from all of them, except the doctor, was superb and they really do show emotion.

One thing that is negative, there is no continuation. This is one off movie and it should be awarded somehow. I suspect that BFA might feature it in this years category and if this had gone in SunDance, it could have won some categories.

Personally I loved the MC as there is a lot of corrolation between her and my Jane McGriffin.

Cool poster and the film sounds like fun.:cool:
 

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I hope so because sometimes my views are so different from you guys.

Don'r feel bad , I Like Zardoz and think it an under appreciated post apocalyptic film that deserves reassessment.
 

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I went a read a lot of reviews in the iMDB. There are a surprising number of 8's and 1's. Those who absolutely hated it that it was the worst s*** and very badly written. Some complained that there were stereotype and cardboard characters, especially with the kid and the Arab.

This movie had fifteen million budget, it is written like a novel, with paying a lot of attention to the Main Character, who really turned out to be a vampire. Some people complained that the vampire didn't show enough of blood lust, even though you'll see struggle in multiple shots against the beast within her. There are very few complaints on the vampires, and couple of them comes from official press reviews that go in detail.

There are a lot of people who don't under how feral those victims went and how the mother, with her experience with the beast, held against the rage all of that time. They also forgot that she'd medicated herself and at the end, there was no saving her as she turned to a full feral vampire, with one aim to do things, to kill.
 

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I watched this at the weekend and at first, I thought the running time (2hrs) would be a bit too long and in the end, they could tighten the film up a bit (at one point there is a flashback, inside another flashback) but overall it was good. I didn't feel bored, which sometimes happens with Indie movies that are long for no good reason (and bad acting) but there was very little bad acting and the effects were pretty good.
One thing that is negative, there is no continuation.
I wouldn't be sure about that.

 
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I thought the running time (2hrs) would be a bit too long and in the end, they could tighten the film up a bit (at one point there is a flashback, inside another flashback) but overall it was good.

I know, it is a lengthy film but what good a ten, fifteen minutes shorter run would have done to the film? The crew got to tell the story as they wanted.
 

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but what good a ten, fifteen minutes shorter run would have done to the film?
Who knows? We don't know if they released when they wanted or if someone said it was time because of costs, etc.

With the budget they had, they did a great job, and I'd have no problem recommending this movie to anyone, but with praise also comes criticism, it's just an opinion.
 
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praise also comes criticism, it's just an opinion.

What did you really liked about it? To me it was the old Nosferatu, cursing the life in darkness, all of their kind. It was as if he'd tried for a very long time to solve the curse, but hated the solution he'd come up with at the end.

To be honest, I don't know what good that medication could have done at the end. They were all gone so far beyond the border that there was no coming back.
 

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