Well my Kinder of the Nacht, I am trying to parlay my love of all forms of vampire movie into a public service for you. So I present my first official movie review. Why the lame attempt at German, you ask? Keep reading, I answer.
When I perused the synopsis for the movie Blood Creek, I thought “Jack Pot!”. There was Nazis, the occult, the undead, West-By-God-Virginia! I had to see it. Just look at that scalp!
Henry Cavill (The Tudors and the new Superman that should be filmed any decade now) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Bastards and X-Men: First Class) star in this vampire/ zombie flick that starts in West Virginia just as WWII is starting in Europe but quickly jumps to the present day.
Fassbender is Wirth, a Nazi “historian” who comes to a stay with a German immigrant family under the guise of studying a rune stone found on their farm, much like the Kensington Rune Stone. But Wirth is Indiana Jones’ worst nightmare, with a case full of bone armor and a penchant for peeling off his face.
Flash-forward 75 years when Evan Marshall (Henry Cavill) is woken up in the middle of the night by his brother Victor (Dominic Purcell) , an Iraqi war hero and official missing person for the last 2 years. Victor looks like five miles of bad road and without giving any explanation, grabs his guns and leads Evan on a boat trip to Vengenceville. Hilarity ensues.
Throughout the movie, the viewer sits in Evan’s shoes; not quite knowing what the hell happened and is happening at that farmhouse. Both brothers start this Ramboesque day trip thinking they are dealing with your average ordinary family of psychos, ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That all changes once they have to set the zombie horse in the kitchen on fire.
Although the “Zed word” or the “V word” are not mentioned, this movie thinks its viewers are smart enough to figure out who and what the players are on their own. My own inner history channel geek was making connections to actual historical facts like the Kensington Rune Stone and the Ahnenerbe without either of these things being explained in the movie. Like I said, I think the writers are giving the viewers lots of credit, which I like.
Cavil is totally believable as the average guy thrown into an entirely new flavor of Frootloop kinda crazy. You Children of the Night with sharp eyes will also remember Purcell from Blade: Trinity as Dracula. Wonder how he likes being the suckee instead of the sucker? Fassbender, who I think is a terrific actor, is all but wasted as a nasty-clawed monster stalking a house on horseback which is a shame because he was mesmerizing in those first few moments of the movie, even eliciting an “awwww” when he gets a nosebleed. I was hoping he would not turn into a hot mess of evil, but whatcha gonna do, he’s a Nazi and we know in horror movies all Nazis are evil.
Speaking of blood, there is a good amount of it, and not just the human kind. Animals are killed left and right. Pigs, horses, dogs, Old MacDonald’s farm is going to hell. So if you are squeamish about animal death, you are forewarned.
I was hoping that there would not be a classic Kill-The-Bad-Guy-Get-The-Girl ending and I was not disappointed. I was left wondering what the supposed outcome was but based on the personalities of the brother, I have my theories. Overall this is a pretty decent movie. The cast is strong even if the few special effects are cheesy. There are a few places where I am reminded of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions and Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow but I will forgive them. If you are looking for something slightly different and don’t mind looking at Henry Cavill for an hour and 47 minutes, I recommend this movie.
Another thing I recommend is for me not to be so damn slow in getting the yarn for the Givaway up next month!
This month Matrunda and I have matchy-matchy yarn, you would think that one of us is telepathic!
Earlier this month Matunda gave us a sneak peak of Witches Brew by Eloise that she is offering up.
How pretty is that!
In a similar vein, I dyed some splatterific yarn in a color I like to call “Messy Eater”.
The best part is that anything you make up out of these yarns will be great at camoflauging blood stains!
This month I will be pulling the list of entrants from the earburn lists as the CDs grade your submissions. That way we can all be lazy bit#&es!