In 2021, Netflix promised that there would be a new film release every Friday. And so far, the streaming service has kept to its word. Over the last couple of months, it has been home to films like Malcolm & Marie, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, and Army of the Dead. The latest of those releases is Blood Red Sky, a German vampire film directed by Peter Thorwarth. This is the fourth week in a row Netflix has delivered a horror film – following the Fear Street series – and it was really good.
Blood Red Sky follows Nadja (Peri Baumeister), a woman with a mysterious illness. She and her son Elias (Carl Anton Koch) board a plane in hopes she can find treatment. Also aboard the plane are a group of terrorists: Eightball (Alexander Scheer), Bill Morris (Gordon Brown), Berg (Dominic Purcell), Bastian Buchner (Kai Ivo Baulitz), Karl (Roland Moller), and Curtiz (Chidi Ajufo). Once their plan unfolds Nadja, her son, passenger Farid (Kais Setti), and the rest of the passengers fight back. Nadja’s secret is exposed and chaos ensues.
Thorwarth and Stefan Holts wrote the script for the film. The team put together a slow-paced film that builds to very extreme circumstances. Every scene builds on top of the other, and we even get flashbacks that explain Nadja’s condition. Some of the acting could be better, but I feel like that had more to do with me watching it dubbed than anything. Blood Red Sky is good on technical terms, and thoroughly enjoyable.
The cinematography from Yoshi Heimrath is incredible. There are some great non-action sequences as well in the cargo that are pretty amazing. Dascha Dauenhauer gives us a damn good score that fits every aspect of this film and its German origins. The team that was put together for this film did incredibly well and I’m hoping this gets more foreign films recognition in the U.S.
Blood Red Sky is one of the better vampire films I’ve seen recently. It put me in a mind-frame of a cross between 30 Days of Night and Blade II, my two favorite vampire films. The vampires in this film are far more primal than most we’ve seen. Hopefully, we get more vampire films of this stature, that leave you anxious, nervous, and waiting for the next scene. This was pure chaos and it was so much fun. – Rascal F. Kennedy
Blood Red Sky is now streaming on Netflix!