Monday, February 15, 2010
Blood Creek (2009)
Directed by Joel 'Your Damn Right I Put Nipples On The Batsuit' Schumacher, Blood Creek is an interesting film in premise and set-up. As it goes, in Hitler's never ending quest for world domination and power, he became increasingly more interested in the black arts. He's enamored with one legend in particular. The vikings apparently buried what they called ruin stones across the four corners of the world. If someone was lucky enough to find one and command it, they could wield almost limitless power over people and the elemental world around them.
The film begins in the 1940's in a rural American farm, home to the family of German immigrants. The father tells them of a written request from Hitler's officials, alerting them of the need for a secluded locale so that one of their own can research the area and take a gander at the stone that's hiding out in their farmhouse. In exchange for food and shelter, the family would be paid a handsome sum. After agreeing to the request, the man who'll be staying with them promptly shows up and is led to the location of the stone. Performing a ritual of sorts, he channels the power of the stone and heals the daughter's pet bird who's recently died.
Fast forward about 60 years or so and we see a man living with his invalid father. Both are still uncertain as to the whereabouts of the elder brother, the father blaming the son who's caring for him for the disappearance. He's been gone for about two years, vanishing in the woods during a fishing trip leaving nary a clue, and leaving behind a wife and kids in the process. One night, the brother is awoken by his scraggily, long haired brother. Without full disclosure as to why he's being dragged out into the surrounding woods, he's lead by his brother to the same farmhouse which opened our film.
The brothers quickly storm the house and take over the familiar family from the beginning, the only thing of noticeable change being their age. We come to find out that the brother had been held by the family, the only man to have escaped in the years of the family holding young men captive. You see, the Nazi from the beginning of our film has grown in power and the blood of young men has kept him alive and allowing him to continue to grow in power. He's kept the family alive under a spell and are made to carry out the capturing and draining of abled body men. He's only in need of the blood of a few more before he can fully cross over into the realm of viking gods (or something like that) and become all powerful.
Some really interesting things going on here conceptually. The super Nazi, in his attempt to storm the house that everyone is holed up in, slices and dices one of the horses that he released from the stable and brings it back to life. It becomes a super zombified horse and smashes through a kitchen window, wreaking havoc on the people inside. OK, so maybe that sounds a little ridiculous but it looks really cool. Also, the Nazi goes through a series of metamorphic changes as he grows in power. Its CGI'd to heck but I think its fairly well done.
The problem with the film is there are certain rules that the super Nazi must follow: the family paints signs on the doors and windows of the house that keep him out, he can only drink blood from a man that is alive, he keeps the bones of his original family in the farmhouse (why? its never really made clear) and these bones are a lifeforce of sorts and are used against him in the finale. Which is all too confusing in its abrupt ending.
Still, its a fun film despite some confusion in parts. Why Lionsgate decided to release this directly to DVD with a well known director at the helm is anyone's guess. Not too mention the fact that its completely original and not a total craptastic retread.
Cortez the Killer