Blood Glacier (2014)
Blood Glacier (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Blood Glacier
Yes, this is gruesome Euro-horror about the climate apocalypse and the possible end of life on earth as we know it, but it's also fun for the whole family.
"Blood Glacier" is too sleepy to do anything with its guano-stirring premise.
Sometimes genre-based filmmakers don't know how to make their material fun without making fun of their material, but that's not a failing of Mr. Kren's.
As if climate change weren't worrying enough, studies show it's leading to an uptick in the production of cheesy German-language monster flicks.
The attempts made to flesh out Janek and Tanja's rocky relationship, especially, are pure Screenwriting 101 contrivance.
Audience Reviews for Blood Glacier
While this film certainly has a pretty good concept, somewhat reminds me of Splice, except much more of a creature feature horror film than an 'intellectual' one about the ethics of splicing together DNA from two completely different species. And I will admit that the film does have some decent gore and some pretty interesting creature effects, but it's just a movie that doesn't really come together as well as it probably came across on the script. I do think that, surprisingly, there's some decent character development with Janek and Tanja, involving their relationship, their break-up, their dog, etc. It does lead to some interesting moments. There's also the badass Minister, who isn't really that interesting of a character, but she does a lot of entertaining things in the film. I did find this to be watchable and the locations themselves make a perfect setting for this type of movie, sort of reminds me of The Thing, in fact, so at least there's that. Of course, the comparisons to Carpenter's The Thing are strictly location-wise and not quality-wise. The Thing is one of my favorite horror movies and this, as you may have guessed, is not. The locations also reminded of the first Dead Snow. Again, Dead Snow is pretty good. This is not. The acting is pretty decent and the ending itself is pretty good, but the movie never really clicked for me. I have no idea what it was, because it's not like there's anything awful about the film. It's all decent at best, at worst it's slightly below average, but there's nothing too offensive or annoying. You know the saying: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, well this movie would be the exact reverse of that. Taken out of context, this film might actually look pretty good. Upon watching it, you realize that that's not the case. I can't exactly pinpoint where this film 'fell' apart, if that's an appropriate term for it, but it's not particularly entertaining, in spite of it having a recipe for it. Could be worse, but I wouldn't find this worth watching or recommending.
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