Tuesday, August 19, 2014

REVIEW: Blood Glacier (IFC Midnight DVD) - You're Going to Need a Bigger Arctic Tampon

I had the chance to enjoy Blood Glacier on VOD earlier this year, and I really think it was a good time. You have to admire this kind of special effects work that isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but still manages to give you more than a laugh. Blood Glacier understands how to have a good time. It works well within its budget and clealry the filmmaker understood his limitations in that regard while trying to stretch our imagination in other ways. Today we are going to discuss the DVD release, and I'll repost some of my impressions from my first viewing. Blood Glacier doesn't bowl you over, but it is clearly re-watchable and perhaps even more fun the second time. 


Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister. Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the 'glacier blood' comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying.

Soon Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Using every tool at their disposal they must learn to work together to survive the onslaught.

Watch the trailer here:

Look, this could have gone either way right? On one side of the coin we could be watching the next SyFy original picture, cut for TV, boring, big monster movie extravaganza with some former childhood teen sensation at the helm. No matter how entertaining that picture might be (I'm looking at you Po!seidon Rex) it's still not the same as enjoying a good piece of science fiction based horror. Of course I had heard a few folks utter five letter word. The Thing (okay add three letters and a space for the "The"). We are not dealing with a movie that is as terrifying or unsettling as Carpenter's remake vision of the Howard Hawks classic alien movie. There are respects paid to Carpenter's The Thing that seem fairly conscious that they are in fact homages, but overall the two movies don't intersect save for a similar location feel and a modus operandi of mutation and, in part, assimilation.

Ultimately the movie may feel like it has a lot of downtime, but for a cast of actors with which I'm unfamiliar, I'm very happy with performances all around, the effects work is good at times, cheesy at other and CG that isn't quite as bad as a SyFy original picture (that means it doesn't completely suck).

I'm going to recommend Blood Glacier to you because I had fun watching it. It certainly isn't recycled drivel unless you want to nitpick it's "Thing-like" qualities. Hell, even the original titles sounds great... Blutgletscher! The Austrians make a worthwhile monster pic, but before I oversell the damn thing let's get one thing straight. It's a movie about a red sheet of ice. Check it out.

The DVD itself is somewhat sparse. The only extra is a trailer, but goddamn is this cover good, monster fun. The quality is absolutely fine on DVD, and while I would have liked to get a few words from the director regarding the inspiration for the film to build up the Blood Glacier legend, the bare bones release it certainly isn't an ordinary movie.

You can order Blood Glacier now. Available August 26th from IFC Midnight. 

1 comment:

  1. Does this DVD have the German language track or is it only English Dub?