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Nightmarish beasts unleashed in Austrian horror,
This review is from: Blood Glacier (aka The Station) [DVD] (DVD)
There's something special about horror set in sub-zero conditions that just adds another dimension to such stories for me: 30 Days of Night and The Shining are excellent examples of tales that have been greatly enhanced by the characters having to deal not only with their respective antagonists but also to contend with the adverse weather conditions and the isolation thrust upon them by the harsh climate. Boldly, Blood Glacier quotes a review as "reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing", which is for me, one of my all-time favourite horror films...
I was a little sceptical about watching this film at first since the title isn't exactly inspiring but the comparison to The Thing and learning that the man behind this Austrian flick is Marvin Kren, who was responsible for 2010's Rammbock (AKA Siege of the Dead and Berlin Undead) instilled some hope in me.
The film starts out with a bit of an eco-message which could easily have consumed the rest of the movie but simply sets the scene with some passing references throughout the film thereafter. We are introduced to the main characters and fairly quickly, things start to go wrong for all involved at the remote alpine research station.
Blood Glacier employs both practical and CGI effects appropriately but it is with the former that I found the film to be particularly impressive. This film marks a welcome return to quality practical effects that are lacking in many modern genre films and for many viewers, will leave their stomachs roiling at times. The monstrous hybrid creatures mentioned in the film's synopsis may, in writing, appear preposterous; however, the set up and explanation for their "evolution" is well thought out and an expository moment later in the film adds considerable depth to this aspect of the film.
Also known as The Station and Blutgletscher, this film does not simply rely on its effects. The character development is well-rounded with numerous flawed individuals as the central players, making for compelling viewing as the film rolls along and the body count mounts higher. Filmed on the Italian side of the Tyrolean Alps, the viewer is left with a real sense of isolation which assists in ramping up the horror.
Look past the title and sit down to a well-executed horror that is a welcome addition to the genre.