Lionsgate // 2009 // 90 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 22nd, 2010
In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler believed the occult held the secret to immortality. Almost a century later, the nightmare has awakened.
Joel Shumacher has a horror movie about Nazi zombie vampires for you. His words.
That Hitler sure did love the occult, didn't he? I even heard somewhere that he was a "nut" about it. This particular misadventure with the supernatural, finds the Third Reich sending Nazi agents into the U.S. to shack up with German families. Apparently, these families are special because they own magical Nordic runestones and Himmler was convinced that enough evil mojo and blood rituals would turn the Nazi agents into indestructible superhumans.
Then World War II broke out and the evil plan was put on hold. Meanwhile, the farmers were under the control of the zombie vampire thing and needed victims to feed it blood, since it's at the cusp of fully transforming into an unstoppable Hellbeast. That's where Victor Marshall (Dominic Purcell, Prison Break) and his brother Evan (Henry Cavill, Stardust) come in.
If you can move past the goofy plot -- and it's really, really, really goofy -- there is a hefty amount of occult-o-riffic fun to be had with Blood Creek. Shumacher has gone full dark here, shooting an unabashedly horrific horror movie that benefits from some killer make-up and a creepy setting. Plus, anytime you're involving Nazis and the occult, that's going in the win column.
At its core, Blood Creek (which used to be known as the completely nondescript "Town Creek") is slasher film. But instead of a mysterious killer who sneaks up and wipes out unsuspecting a-holes, the dude here is pretty much unkillable, he knows it, and screw you if you want to mess with him. Right away, we've got our bad guy and he's scary not because he skulks around in the shadows but because he will end you, boy. He's huge, clad in black, has swastikas carved into his bald head, speaks in husky-voiced Satanic gibberish and peels layers off his face. He's also growing a third eye, which will make him really powerful.
Our heroes (and the requisite attractive blond girl with Germanic roots who somehow becomes a protagonist even though she was responsible for carving up innocent bystanders and feeding their blood to a demon Nazi) are trapped in the farmhouse, where the monster is kept at bay thanks to some drawings. It's a nice set-up and the fact that zombie Nazi man can take dead people and juice them (and horses!) up with his powers keeps the good guys on their toes.
To Shumacher's credit he keeps things on edge, to the point where I wasn't giving much thought to the ludicrous plot. There was a Big Bad, he was pure evil and nigh-invulnerable, and the two brothers fighting against him were cool and interesting. That was enough for me.
One big gripe: This is a dark movie, and I don't mean thematically. The teeth of the action takes place at night and, frankly, it's sometimes tough to track what's going on. Some creative lighting is used towards the end to help, but there were big, exciting, bloody sequences that were unfortunately murky.
The DVD is simple: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, and an audio commentary from Shumacher as the only extra.
It might be tough to swallow, but what horror movie isn't?
Not Guilty. Those Nazis sure are the gift that keeps on giving, huh?
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Scales of Justice
* 2.35:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Rated R