|MOVIE DETAILS |
• Name: Blood Red Sky
• Year: 2021
• Country: Germany, USA
• Director: Peter Thorwarth
• Main cast: Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Alexander Scheer, Kais Setti
• Runtime: 121 minutes
• Production company: Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Sirena Film, Netflix
Because not everything is gothic stories and the violent and gory romanticism of Dracula. On the screen, vampires have been walking amongst us since the times of Near Dark (1987) and The Lost Boys (1987), and since the break of the century has populated movies like 30 Days of Night (2007), Daybreakers (2009), Stake Land (2010), Priest (2011), or the Blade and Underworld sagas. Creatures that have built their own societies living only in the night and, more or less, keeping an equilibrium between them the supernaturals, and us the mortal humans. And Blood Red Sky (2021) is another example of a modern vampire story, with the blood-thirsty creatures camouflaging their real identity to keep incognito passing as any other person. Until shit goes wrong, of course.
Blood Red Sky (2021) is a very adrenalinic movie. For 2 hours all your senses are on the screen. It has a little bit of everything, a very well planned airplane-hijacking plot masking economic interests with terrorism in the style of Die Hard (1988), a mother protecting her son at any cost while she’s struggling against her new animal instincts, one of the best bad guys I’ve seen in a while with Alexander Scheer playing the evil Eightball, and a non-stop action that reminds of Train to Busan (2016), except that instead of zombies in a train we have vampires in an airplane. Intense in the action, abundant in the blood, and generous with story surprises.
Director and co-writer Peter Thorwarth has created a considerable achievement, good acting, excellent make-up, and keeping the tension with a very fast-paced movie rhythm. I outlined the bad guy, but Peri Baumeister is also impressive as the vampire, half merciless beast and half loving mother, unstoppable on her purpose. Everything in the movie works nice and smooth, and the fact that it’s supported by a solid script makes Blood Red Sky (2021) a title to go for.
Especial mention to the soundtrack created by Dascha Dauenhauer, with emphasis on the final song of the movie, the kind of retro-synth track in the best John Carpenter style that makes you stare at the screen during the 5 minutes of credits roll.
Available on Netflix on July 23, 2021, Blood Red Sky (2021) is without a doubt the most interesting release of the streaming platform of the month, and one of the top movies of the year they will have the honor to publish. Fully recommendable.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6402468