Blood Red Sky: Don't skyjack a jet when there's a Vampire on board. But how were they to know; the woman presented as suffering from leukemia. Also if you're going to hijack a plane for complex reasons carry out rudimentary checks to ensure that none of your gang members are psychotic. Bookended by scenes at an airport when the compromised jet has landed, the flashbacks tell a tale of horror. The Vampire is well imagined when she reveals herself, savage looking and acting, but it's mostly a controlled violence. As she clashes with the hijackers some of then turn. The jet becomes a battleground from ducts to the cargo hold through to the cabins and cockpit. Not so much jump shocks as sheer terror of being trapped in a tube at 40,000 feet. The vampires back story is revealed in nested flashbacks. Good Horror Thriller. Directed/Co-written by Peter Thorwarth. On Netflix. 7/10.
Aftermath: A couple with a troubled relationship buy a house where a murder/suicide took place which they get at a bargain price. The husband heads a crew which cleans up crime sites and yes they looked after that job. Strange things start to happen, their dog seemingly barks at nothing, won't go upstairs. things disappear and reappear in different paces. Identity theft occurs. In this case the mundane rather than mondo events seem more threatening as a gradual aura of dread builds up. The oddities become eerier and nastier, a woman hiding in a walk in closet is dragged backwards through the hanging clothes. Red herrings are strewn as possible culprits are introduced but there are several levels to this narrative of terror with a couple of interesting plot twists. Nothing particularly original about this tale but it's well told and worth watching. Directed and co-written by Peter Winther. On Netflix. 7/10.
Coincidentally we watched this last night.
Enjoyed it enough to Google the supposed "real events" that inspired it.
Looks like the core of the story was real enough, but with several embellishments, possibly lifted from the movie "Freehold".
7/10 is probably fair enough but, just as with the other home invasion movie I reviewed a couple of posts above, illogical behaviour by the main actors (and a couple of plot holes) just took the edge off it for me.
I've just watched this movie. It's very much a movie of two halves, and like you, the first half feels as though someone saw greater potential in the classic Twilight Zone episode. Literally, for half the movie, we are with Chloë Grace Moretz character in the ball turret as she watches the brilliantly chiropteran gremlin tear away bits of plane, fends off attacks by it and Japanese planes, and listens to what's occurring to the airmen above her. Had this been the entire movie, it could have been a modern masterpiece of tense cinema. I was even second guessing what would happen next, expecting the gremlin to suddenly appear chewing on an airman's arm, or her panic when she doesn't know if anyone else is alive. Alas, the second half of the movie has her performing improbable feats of human strength and endurance that would make John McClane and Ethan Hunt hang up their testicles and take up crocheting. From that point on, it becomes pretty standard, all the more disappointing for what it could have been. First forty minutes or so, 8/10. Second half, 4/10.Shadow in the Cloud (2020).
This New Zealand fantasy horror has just made it onto Prime Video. It plays rather like a WW2 re-imaging of the famous Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
A woman flight officer carrying a top secret package hitches a ride on a B-17 bomber.
The crew are suspicious of her and confine her to the machine gun turret until they can verify her credentials.
Whilst there, she spots something crawling on the wing. Yes - it's a gremlin and, just as William Shatner found in the Twilight Zone, no-one believes her - until it's almost too late.
The creature looks suitably grotesque and there's some reasonable action along the way, but the script descends into a rather crass war of the sexes, with the male crew being almost exclusively boorish misogynists, and the big reveal about what's in the box will likely elicit hoots of derision from most viewers.
On IMDB, its current rating is 4.8/10 and I reckon that's just about right.
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Thanks! Is the Irish vampire a thing in folklore? I read somewhere he was a bloodsucking dwarf or something?
Yeah, there is a legend about Abhartach who may have been a dwarf, more about him and the undead here:
I liked that film because of the entire weird concept but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to .. I think it was because the cast were a bit hipster/New York generation. Other than that, the set designs were amazing, the ending was surprisingly good, the 'gore' scenes were creative .. I can't even remember how it ended but it was very well crafted.I was surprised to see Dave Made a Maze turn up on Shudder. I wouldn't have thought of it as a horror movie. However, I enjoyed it and will probably watch it again now it's free (I think I originally paid for it on Amazon Prime).