Blood Red Sky (2021) Review

Spoiler free!

A plane gets hijacked by a group of men who want to crash the stock market, little do they know there’s a sick woman on board who is hiding something monstrous from the people around her. With her son in tow, the two of them are hoping to visit a doctor that will help with Nadja’s (Peri Baumeister) “illness.” When things start to go wrong, chaos ensues. 

Let me tell you, this movie completely blew my expectations out of the water. With such a seemingly simple premise, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. There ended up being so much more to it. Before I get ahead of myself, I want to mention the acting. Really, all the acting was outstanding, but I want to give a special mention to the actor who played Elias — Nadja’s son. Kid actors are hit or miss with a lot of folks, but I have a feeling Carl Anton Koch will make a lasting impression on anyone who watches.

The visual effects are also something worth mentioning. Most of it is pretty simple but still effective. This also ties into the relentless violence and anxiety. They do a great job of making everything feel realistic and horrifying. I’m glad they didn’t go overboard with the special effects. They do a good job of walking the line between fantasy and realism. Speaking of realism, there are some unexpected moments that deal with racial stereotypes. I won’t get into the specifics to avoid spoilers, but I’ll say that the way these scenes are handled seems very accurate to real life. I’m happy that the filmmakers included moments like this in the movie. Horror is a great genre for highlighting real life horrors.

Blood Red Sky isn’t just horror, though. It’s a film about a mother trying to learn how to live a regular life with her son, while dealing with her new “condition.” With the unexpected chaos of the attack on their flight, Nadja has tough choices to make. You watch as she battles with what’s inside her, while also trying to do what’s best for her son, and the other passengers on the flight. It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story, truly.

The only thing I could maybe complain about is the length of the movie. Running at 2 hours, it does feel long after a while. That being said, I think there’s enough action and story to keep the viewer entertained.

I’m not usually one for these types of movies because I find the bloodsucking subgenre a bit unoriginal. Blood Red Sky delivers something interesting and unique. I’m shocked the premise hasn’t been done before, but it seems that the filmmakers Peter Thorwarth, Stefan Holtz, Benjamin Munz, and Christian Becker were the right people for the job. They took the idea of flight anxiety and ramped it up to a hundred. I hope to see more from them in the future.

Blood Red Sky is easily one of the best horror films of the year. It’s violent, claustrophobic, and not like any other fanged movie out there. It’s also a great addition to the one location subgenre. I absolutely loved this movie, and I hope other folks will enjoy it too. It deserves some recognition for being what it is. 

Catch it on Netflix, sit back, and enjoy your flight.

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