Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blood Creek

Blood Creek 2009
Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer: David Kaiganich
Starring Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill, Emma Booth, Michael Fassbender, Rainer Winkelvoss, Lazlo Matray, Joy McBrinn, Shea Whigham and Tony Barger

It has been awhile since I have enjoyed a Joel Schumacher film like this. This is by far his best film I have seen since 8 MM. It is a high concept horror film and it almost makes me forgive the travesty that was Batman and Robin. It combines a action film with a scenario much like the Evil Dead and does it tremendously well. Any film that uses a Nazi built monster always piques my interest and the monster in Blood creek is very creative and imaginative. This is a film that builds up the tension with each scene and it has a tremendously well played villain in the persona of Fassbender. He is sleazily evil and somehow, also very charismatic. Purcell as usual brings his A game to the film and it is always a delight to see him kicking ass. This film uses the mythology of Nordic Rune stones and Wampyres to excellent effect and really makes this tale into a rousing horror adventure.
The plot basics are this, in 1936 the Wollner's a German family farming in the rural United States are asked to accommodate a boarder from the homeland. Richard Wirth (Fassbender), who they soon discover is a occult scientist for the Third Reich, and they find they will have a high price to pay for accommodating Wirth. We then flash forward to the modern day, where we meet Evan (Cavill), who has been taking care of his invalid father since his older brother Victor (Purcell) disappeared on a fishing trip over 2 years ago. One night Victor returns looking like a mountain man and asking for weapons and for him to help him hunt down something. They go to the farm where Wirth came to live all those years ago and finds the Wollner family as they were left in the 30's as if frozen in time. Victor wants payback for the torture that was inflicted on him and what he finds is far worse than he ever expected. They have unleashed a unspeakable evil and now this night will test them in ways they cannot possibly fathom.
This is a surprisingly solid action horror film. Schumacher sets the stage well with his direction of the opening scene in the 30's and then flash forwards to the present and does not let go of the throttle of the film till the ending. He stages the action sequences well and they all move at a heartbreak pace. The film has a deliberate claustrophobic fell that really works in it's faver. The script is quite good. The use of Nordic mythology and Wampyres really makes the film an original piece, in this day and age of remakes and PG-13 horror films. The cast is quite good. Cavill makes a excellent hero, who has no idea what kind of night he is entering into. Purcell, as always is a excellent action hero who really brings a intensity to his performance. Fassbender as the demonic Wirth, is a great charismatic villain that I never got enough of. Booth as Liese, the girl that begins the tale is very good, she is mysterious and very sympathetic. The SFX and effects of the film are quite outstanding. Ken Neiderbaumer does excellent work, especially during the transformation scene to Wirth's final metamorphosis. THis is a film that is a treasure trove of fun elements for the horror film fan and well worth seeking out.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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