Noob Reviews: Blood Red Sky
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Blood Red Sky?
Released only a few days ago, Blood Red Sky is an action horror film written by Peter Thorwarth and Stefan Holtz and released by Netflix.
After Nadja and her son Elias board, a plane from Germany to New York, their seemingly straightforward trip does not go to plan when a group of terrorists take over the aircraft. And soon, they begin enacting a complex scheme in which they will use the plane (and its passengers) for a suicide attack to help further the nefarious goals of the terrorist high command.
Unfortunately for those aboard, the terrorists’ true motives and goals may be less righteous than what they portray, but that is the least of the passenger’s problems. One among them has a dark and sinister gift. When Nadja is gunned down by one of the terrorists whilst trying to defend her son - her true nature will emerge as she returns in all of her fang-tastic undead glory to ensure not only her son’s safety. But to ensure that the terrorists are held to account for their actions.
With events moving from one extreme to another at a fast pace and Nadja already struggling to keep her more primal bloodthirsty needs at bay, will she be able to hold herself back? Or will she succumb to the whispers urging her to surrender to her vampiric side?
There is only one way to find out...
What type of genre is Blood Red Sky?
Blood Red Sky is a horror film with elements of action and thriller thrown into the mix too.
What age rating is Blood Red Sky?
Blood Red Sky has an age rating of eighteen.
How long is Blood Red Sky?
Blood Red Sky has a runtime of two hours and three minutes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Blood Red Sky on Netflix here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a complete cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think about Blood Red Sky?
When first hearing the title ‘Blood Red Sky’ and seeing many one-liners about a vampire on a plane, I thought this was going to be a really cheesy and cheap cash in on the Snakes On A Plane film with Samuel L Jackson; however, I was thrilled to be proven wrong.
Blood Red Sky is a fascinating horror entry in which it brings a vampire face to face against a group of well equipped modern-day terrorists whilst trapped in a vast metal tube in the sky. But the way the story is written and how it plays out kept me hooked, wanting to know what would happen next. And attempting to guess in advance the many twists yet to come. Admittedly, some events you could predict in advance and some you could not.
When it comes to the story, the story, as I said, is pretty original but straightforward. Although it pulls a lot of its influence from existing themes, the story is structured fantastically with just the right amount of character development. The character’s backstories are also drip-fed to us throughout the film via flashbacks so that you are given enough information so that you can easily follow what is going on but are also not left with too many unexplained loose ends at the end of the film. Another key selling point to the story is its delivery, as it is delivered on point with above-average acting that may not exactly be the best consistently, but for a Netflix movie - it is a breath of fresh air.
Personally, I loved to see Dominic Purcell as the terrorist cell leader Berg. I instantly remembered him in Blade Trinity and absolutely loved him in Prison Break and a few other projects he has done since. I also thought Peri Baumeister pulled off her role as Nadja fantastically, really showing both her primal bloodthirsty side and caring maternal side with a lot of believable energy. And Alexander Scheer… Oh, Alexander Scheer… The terrorists play their roles very convincingly, as do the rest of the supporting cast. Still, Alexander has this beautiful psychotic genius vibe about him that gave me chills, and, I would definitely say, Eightball (his character) has all the makings of a memorable character.
Regarding the special effects, there are not a lot of noticeable special effects such as massive explosions and the use of CGI like you might expect. Still, when it comes to the choreography of the fight scenes, the integration of the vampires and how they look, feel and move. It is beautifully done with a very high level of detail that makes the vampires especially - look believable and realistic instead of cheap and rubbery like some horror films.
Overall whether it be the convincing screen time of Carl Anton Koch (Elias), who I hope to see more of in the future as he grows up. Been a sucker for a good storyline. Or just wanting to kill a little time with an easy to follow horror film - Blood Red Sky is a film I will happily rave about. It’s not a big-screen blockbuster, but it is definitely one of the better Netflix titles to have been released and has a lot of heart and personality about it. And given how it ends, Blood Red Sky is a title I hope to see a potential sequel (or even prequel) to should Netflix feel the ratings it receives warrant a second commission.
What rating would you give Blood Red Sky?
I would rate Blood Red Sky as a fantastic 3.8 out of 5 bananas.
Although released to mixed reviews, Blood Red Sky for me, was a fantastic watch that brought together existing threads and dared to strike out and make something new. And does so wonderfully. With genuinely exciting and well-developed characters you can feel invested in, a great structure and brilliant pacing throughout - Blood Red Sky is a film that I highly recommend giving a watch whether you be an action, horror or thriller film fan.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Blood Red Sky and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion, you can find it on Netflix here.