Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
We’ve seen more than a few films that have been heavily inspired by John Carpenter’s The Thing — one was even also called The Thing! On the surface, the awesomely-titled Blood Glacier is very much in that vein, as it follows a scientific team in the snowy Alps as the small group contends with a bunch of violently mutated animals. The effects are often practical, and between the snowy setting and the latex monsters, this is starting to look like a potentially entertaining inheritor of The Thing‘s mantle. Check out a Blood Glacier trailer below.
Blood Glacier, by the way, was once called The Station. There’s not a lot of poetry to the title Blood Glacier, but there is at least a simple, eye-catching brutality to the new name.
Blood Glacier hits theaters and VOD on May 2.
Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister. Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the ‘glacier blood’ comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying.
Soon Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Using every tool at their disposal they must learn to work together to survive the onslaught.
Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren combines classical filmmaking techniques with imaginative practical effects to produce a rollercoaster ride of laughs and jolts.