wouNetflix’s new action-horror, Blood Red Sky drops tomorrow and if you love your films with drama, suspense, mystery, and extra blood, I highly recommend checking it out. Peter Thorwarth directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Stefan Holtz. It was produced by Christian Becker and stars Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Kais Setti, Alexander Scheer, Dominic Purcell, and Graham McTavish. ***This review may contain a few spoilers.
Synopsis for Blood Red Sky
Nadja and her ten-year-old son are on an overnight flight from Germany to New York when a group of terrorists violently take control of the plane and threaten the lives of the passengers. But the terrorists have no idea what they’re in for with Nadja on board – she has the power to protect her son and all the other passengers. But she faces an impossible choice – should she reveal her dark side and the inner monster she has kept hidden from her son for years in order to save him? The hunters become the hunted and everyone on the plane finds themselves in a perilous race against time – a fight for survival because there is one thing nobody knows: Nadja is the last vampire.
Often when I watch a film for review, I go in blind without watching the trailer and I barely skim the synopsis because I want to be surprised. This is how I went about reviewing Blood Red Sky, and I’m so happy I did because I had no clue what was in store for me. Blood Red Sky is an action-packed horror film with intense drama, suspense, mystery, and oodles of blood and gore. The best way to describe this film is 30 Days of Night meets Snakes on a Plane. The only thing missing was Samuel L. Jackson saying “I am tired of these motherf*cking vampires, on this motherf*cking plane!”
The acting is phenomenal and there are several stand-out performances. Peri Baumeister plays Nadja, a woman with a mysterious illness who is loyal and stubborn to a fault. She’s a devoted and loving mother who will do anything to protect her son. Peri delivers a phenomenal, emotionally powerful, and draining performance throughout the runtime. Carl Anton Koch plays her son, Elias. There were several times where this kid infuriated me, and I thought if you had just listened, you and your mother wouldn’t be in the mess. However, he proved himself to be just as loyal and loving as his mother and showed he would do anything to protect her. Carl’s performance is riveting and award-worthy.
Kais Setti plays Farid and is equally phenomenal. He’s one of the heroes of the film and gives the audience some hope that not all of the human race is horrid. Then there is Alexander Scheer who plays Eightball. Eightball is the complete oppose to Farid and the true villain of this story. He plays the bad guy flawlessly and continues to show how much of a monster he truly is throughout the film.
The other thing I love about Blood Red Sky is the blood, gore, and mayhem. I mean, one would expect all three when vampires are involved, but you just never know. Here? It is delectable. The special effects are also wonderful. I love all the little details that went into creating the creatures. They remind me of the ones from 30 Days of Night, but with their own unique spin.
Although I enjoyed the film quite a bit, there are some things I didn’t care for, or rather I didn’t think they needed to show. This may just be a personal preference, and others may not be triggered by it. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but let’s just say that animals are involved. That isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but I could have done without it.
Blood Red Sky drops on Netflix tomorrow, July 23, 2021. Be sure to check it out and let us know your thoughts about the film and creature design. #BloodRedSky @NetflixFilm