Blood Red Sky

Blood Red Sky - Wikipedia

Blood Red Sky on Netflix surprised me in several ways. The first is with it being a German movie. If I had seen anything about it other than it being vampires on a plane, I would have probably known that, but I wanted to go in as blind as possible. The second way that it surprised me was with the quality of movie. I was probably only thinking this because of the last whatever on a plane movie I watched, which was Flight of the Living Dead, wasn’t great. It was a fun watch but quality cinema it was not. This was a really good movie.

Blood Red Sky was directed by Peter Thorwarth. It was written by Peter Thorwarth and Stefan Holtz.It starred Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Alexander Scheer, and Kais Setti. The supporting cast was anchored by Dominic Purcell, Graham McTavish, and Kai Ivo Baulitz. In what little I had seen Peri Baumeister looked a lot like Noomi Rapace, so I thought she was supposed to star in the movie. During the credits I was surprised to not see her name, but I was also surprised to see Dominic Purcell’s name even though I couldn’t place him immediately. The performances by Baumeister, Koch, Scheer, and Setti are fantastic. Alexander Scheer is a fantastic, unhinged villain.

The plot centers on Elias and his mother, who we eventually learn is named Nadja, as they travel to New York from Germany. Elias goes to the airport to check the baggage and get things ready before his mother. He’s helped with his luggage by Farid. Once on the flight shit goes down with terrorists taking over and just general badness going on. I’m not going to go into any further plot details just in case you haven’t seen the movie yet.

I do want to say that the production design and costumes are great in the movie. The costumes especially with the terrorists. They look suitably evil. I really want to talk about the creature design and the CG effects. While there are some instances of them not looking all that great, for the most part the CG looks really good. The vampires are pretty terrifying, like along the lines of 30 Days of Night or The Strain. Eightball’s vampire version is  pretty frickin’ terrifying as it goes along. The fact that Nadja looks fairly feminine at the beginning but loses the feminine form and becomes more androgynous as the transformation takes hold is interesting. One thing that they did with the design is to make them look more beastly as they feed on human blood.

I think you should check out Blood Red Sky if you want to see a vampire movie that is pretty violent. It gets pretty bleak. Blood Red Sky is now streaming on Netflix. I’m proud of myself not accidentally typing Blood Red Summer through the entire review.

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