If there is one thing that will always get my attention, it’s a topless woman getting stabbed through the boob. Blood Creek does not feature that one thing. It does, however, have the second thing that will always catch my eye: Super Nazi Occultist Monsters. Blood Creek is a strange beast. It features Dominic Purcell and Michael Fassbender in primary roles and is directed by Joel Schumacher. Yet, here it arrives, direct to DVD. The production values behind the movie are far greater than what we’re used to on direct to DVD horror as well. Somewhere along the line, this film got, perhaps unfairly, side-tracked into the direct to DVD bin.
Blood Creek is the fast paced occultist horror film that gets going right away when Victor Marshall unexpectedly appears at home after going missing for two years to enlist the aide of his brother, Evan, in righting the wrongs done against him. The two brothers are soon storming a strangely adorned rural farmhouse with the intent to kill those responsible for Victor’s detention and torture. What we find, though, are a Germanic family with a strange, dark secret that doesn’t stay locked in the basement very long.
This is a tough one to tabulate. Four people are killed, though most of those people are killed again after being resurrected. Another two die, though it’s hard to call their deaths murder, more like incidentals. So about six body bags, but a few good kills.
It’s tough to be an animal in Blood Creek. A dog is killed, twice, a pig is slaughtered, and a horse is killed. We see a spurting neck wound (nice!), a shotgun blast to the stomach, a bullet to the brain, and a couple of stabbings – including one bone knife thrust through the jaw. There is some more stabbings, a hand punched through a chest, and a knife slammed into a forehead. The best bits of violence come down to either an awesome barbed wire choke/head rip and a guy getting bitten by a demon horse.
Don’t mess with the Occult. Or Nazis. Duh. Also, if you’re a a bad ass Nazi demon dude, you should ride on a demon horse. Because that’s fucking awesome.
Blood Creek starts off with a stylish black and white introduction that makes excellent use of light and darkness. Right away, the skill of the filmmakers and those involved is apparent – it’s nice to see such production values. That’s not to say a slick looking film is everything though. The movie isn’t perfect by any means, but it is pretty enjoyable. The film is a non-stop barrage once it gets going, which is pretty much five minutes into the flick. If anything, the film probably moves too fast for it’s own good. When you have a plot progressing at this speed, there is little time for questioning, which leaves little time for setting things up. For instance, when Victor shows up, with long hair and a beard after being gone for two years, he’s recruited Evan to go on a vendetta ride with him after about 12 seconds of talking. Likewise, there isn’t much backstory given to the Occult angle – though there is some, through the initial flashback.
Blame here mostly would lay on the script for the speed at which things progress, though that was probably the intention. Is it better to be a worse movie due to moving too fast or moving too slow? Frankly, I’d rather see a bad movie that moves fast than a bad one that moves slow. Blood Creek is neither bad nor slow, but it’s not great either. It is definitely fast though.
Overall, the film is cool and stylish, a quick ride through the world of Nazis, the Occult, and demon horses. The violence is good, the blood runs frequently, and the film maintains a pretty good bit of tension. The visuals are pretty badass as well, and I’m going to mention demon horses one more time to put this image into your head: a bad ass Nazi occultist with a messed up face and a leather jacket riding a demonic horse covered in shotgun wounds. If you can overlook the script and story problems associated with the rushed pace, you’ll be able to take some enjoyment from this Nazi battle royale. I also liked the somewhat open ended conclusion that could lead to some interesting follow-ups, though what are the odds of them being made? Low. But still, could be cool. Give this film a shot, it’s worth a watch.