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Blood Creek DVD Review - -

Feature 6.0
Video 4.5
Audio 6.0
Special Features 3.0
Total 5.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: R18+
Classification: 93 minutes
Mark Beresford


Blood Creek

B grade slasher flicks follow a completely different set of rules to conventional Hollywood films. Cliches, puns, rehashed stories, outlandish murder scenes, these things are all allowed, and in some cases encouraged, but you need to put your own unique twist on it, don’t take things too serious, and for god’s sake, don’t treat your audience like an idiot.

Director Joel Schumacher knows these rules, and knows not to break these rules, he’s worked on movies like ‘St.Elmos Fire’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘8mm’ and ‘The Number 23’, so he’s been around the block more than a few times, but he also has a few inclusions such as ‘Batman & Robin’ and ‘Batman Forever’, so it’s really a question of which way did he sway with Blood Creek?

In the 1930’s, the Nazi regime looked into fascists of the occult to stir their rise of world domination and sent field agents all over the planet to try and find a certain collection of stones that displayed the swastika symbol, the power of these stones is believed to be eternal life. One such leather-bound Nazi fossicker is Professor Richard Wirth (Michael Fassbender), who tracks the location of one stone to the cellar of a German family byt the name of Wollners house in the rural small town called, Small Town. Propositioning the family with a wad of cash, they let him stay in the family home with them so he can conduct his study on the stone, soon enough though the true nature of the professor and indeed of the stone is revealed, and the family are trapped in a bloody battle together, forever. Jumping ahead to 2007 and we see the story of Evan (Henry Cavill) who is taking care of the family of his elder brother Victor (Dominic Purcell) who has been missing for two years and is presumed dead. Though on this night, Victor returns, looking like he’s travelled to hell and back, having escaped his capture he now seeks revenge, he grabs his younger brother, enough guns and ammo to capture Poland, and sets off to the German townhouse where they are set to unleash hell and set matters straight.

Schumacher can get held to a few key points here, the initial story is never really explained, it just kind of happens, you are basically told not to question it, it just is. That is what’s known as ‘Treating your audience like an idiot’, minus one to Schuey. Next he uses a cast of characters that you never have a chance to connect with, you don’t really care who lives and who dies, and the main character for the German Wollner family is completely unclear as to what side she stands on, for no apparent reason, minus one to Schuey. The film is a very dark horror movie, dark in premise yes, but dark in filming, so dark sometimes, your not actually sure if the lighting guy is hanging out at the teamster table or not as you can’t see a damn thing, minus one to Schuey. The acting is atrocious, the accents are a terrible mixture of what sounds like a crazy Swiss spinoff, and an overpowering American slanted English, it would probably have been more relevant for them to be Scottish, the death scenes resemble a grade three Christmas play and not only one portrail is believable, and thats simply due to the massive amount of makeup. Minus one to Schuey. Minus four all up, Its not looking good.

But, the movie has a premise, that while unexplained and completely confusing at times, is fresh and will likely spawn a few more movies from other companies trying to cash in on the concept, plus one to Schuey. The main villain (a Professor, Nazi, Zombie, Occult Priest, Possibly Vampire, Bald Guy) is one you could actually believe to be pure evil, his powers are written in a way that you ask yourself ‘How the hell are they going to kill that guy?’ he genuinely should be walked into the halls of bad guy history. Plus one to Schuey. Once into the meat of the movie, it’s very edge of your seat thrilling stuff, the unknown is at every moment and you will have some overpoweringly violent moments that are very cringe worthy. Plus one to Schuey. The villain, rushing with superpowers from his Nazi stone, raises a horse from the dead, turns it into a demon zombie, sends it storming through a house trampling people and into a kitchen where it gets set on fire. Plus seventy three to Schuey.

Blood Creek veers into the ‘horrible leave it alone’ and ‘Oh my god this is the greatest movie ever’ category so many times during the ninety odd minutes that it’s hard to keep track. It has some horribly frustrating moments throughout, a lot of which are caused by the lack of light during most of the movie, but the creative moments are extremely fulfilling and push you through the next ten minute block of black screen a dialogue. While the movie takes itself seriously, you will find it hard to at times as the storyline goes from whacky to ubercrazy, obviously not aimed at being your typical B-Grade self humour style movie, it does have its moments. Fans of slasher flicks will love this movie purely for those occasional glimmers of gold, regular movie goers will wonder why this movie even warranted the HTML used on this review.

Special Features:              

  • Directors Commentary


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