THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS (MILD THOUGH THEY MAY BE) FOR NETFLIX’S BLOOD RED SKY. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE, WATCH IT AND COME BACK.
The vampires of Peter Thorwarth’s Blood Red Sky by my reckoning the best type: Mean, animalistic and defined entirely by a hunger for blood.
The movie revolves around Nadja (Peri Baumeister), who, though she survives the attack of a vampire, manages to become infected.
This treatment of vampirism as more of a medical problem than a supernatural one is atypical and interesting and makes the movie somewhat Blade-esque.
Nadja has a son, Elias (Carl Anton Koch) who’s the most important thing in her life so when she learns that there’s a cure – of sorts – to be found in the United States for her condition she books a flight to New York.
As if she didn’t have enough to deal with, the plane is hijacked (though as a viewer you’re not entirely aware of Nadja’s condition, so it doesn’t feel as if the movie is piling on problems to overcome because ‘movie’).
Though unlike Blade, Nadja is no superhero and considers her vampirism a curse, and one she’s unwilling to accept at that.
She also has no intention of getting in the way of the hijackers, till her hand is forced to protect her son.
This goes back to the vampires of Blood Red Sky being unreasoning monsters more akin to rabid dogs than anything typically seen in vampire movies.
What’s also particularly interesting about Blood Red Sky is that it plays almost like an alternate reality version Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Dixon’s The Strain though differs in that in the latter an airport is the beginning of a terror that engulfs the world, while in Blood Red Sky, it’s a terminus.
The running time of Blood Red Sky is just over two hours and it doesn’t overstay it’s cutting 10-15 minutes likely wouldn’t have hurt.