Blood Creek (w/ guest reviewer & contest winner David)

Release Date: 1/19/2010 (DVD) – Rated R

Starring: Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class)

Plot Summary:  In 1936 a family of German immigrants living in West Virgina receives a letter from Berlin.  This letter promises them a substantial amount of money (which they desperately need) if they are willing to put up a German scholar in their home for a bit.  Mr. Wirth, the man they are putting up, says that he is studying something close to their home; in fact he is studying an ancient viking rune stone that the family unearthed while digging the foundation for their house.  He has been sent by the Nazis to unlock the power of this stone. His first night there, Wirth walks down to the barn’s cellar, where the rune stone is, and finds the daughter crying because her bird just died.  Mr. Wirth says some mumbo-jumbo and the bird comes back to life, this Nazi is a necromancer!

We cut to modern-day and the life of an overworked EMT named Evan.  Evan is stuck taking care of his ailing and jerk-bag of a father, who constantly borates him and makes him feel bad for what happened to Evan’s brother, Victor.  While camping along the creek two years ago Evan and Victor became separated and Victor hasn’t been seen since.  After waking up from a nightmare, Evan finds a shaggy and filthy Victor standing over his bed.  Without so much as a hello or an explanation of where he’s been, Victor tells Evan to pack some supplies and some guns and follow him.  They hike out to a remote farmhouse, the same one seen in the opening scene, once there Victor freaks out and the takes the family inside captive… the same family we met in 1936, not having aged a bit.  As Evan hears tales of what has transpired here over the years he finds it hard to believe, but he will soon find out that it is all true, as the secret the family is hiding comes to the surface to have its revenge and fulfill an acient prophecy.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I went into this one not knowing anything about this other that the movie posted, which looked pretty cool; but I have been tricked into watching some awful movies that had really good box art in the past.  The story movies along pretty well, and once they get to the farm-house it really picks up and doesn’t stop till the end.  I thought the brothers were played well, and the future Mr. Wirth was a good character design; I just wished he talked a little more so you knew more about his intentions.  The visual effects were pretty awful, I know this wasn’t a big-budget film but that sort of stuff puts me off this day in age.  You kind of know how it’s all going to end once it starts rolling, but it was still a fun ride along the way.  I really enjoyed the ending of the movie, where the two brothers take completely different paths from each other and from where they started out.

Tim’s Thoughts: This movie commits the cardinal sin, if you can’t pull off an effect, don’t try…. the effects in this movie looked like they were made with a smart phone app. It starts off interesting enough with some nice camera work, and then the movie completely spirals into crap, and not normal crap, but really bad CG and sound effect crap. One part of the movie is so bad, that I actually started laughing out loud. It’s too bad Joel Schumacher has fallen so far, he used to make excellent movies, stylized and moody. Now they are just crap and schlock. The acting is fine, the story is so-so, but the effects were so awful and so little is left to the imagination, that I can’t imagine ever liking this movie.

David’s Thoughts: I was actually pretty entertained by this movie. Michael Fassbender is one of my favorite up-and-coming actors, and he did a great job in this movie. The rest of the cast all did their jobs, but none of them really stood out for me. I like stories about the occult, and this one had a unique spin on it involving Vikings and Hitler. It’s not the best story, but it does what it needs to. The opening of the movie was great, really had an old-timey feel, and you don’t get to that “horror movie feel” until about half way through. It’s not a great movie by any means, but I believe every horror fan should watch it, just for the “Horse Scene”. It made me giggle

Final Thoughts:  Two of us liked it well enough, but one hated it; so it might not be for everone.  We all agree that the CGI was awful and distracted from the story, but if you know that ahead of time you might be able to enjoy it… if this is your kind of thing.

Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim Rates This Movie 3/10

David Rates This Movie 7/10

“This is his doing. Time doesn’t touch us… I’ve been 17 longer than you’ve been alive.”

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