The Reel Review

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A single mom with a mysterious blood illness leaps into action to save her young son when terrorists hijack their transatlantic overnight flight, in this German “vampires on a plane” horror/action thriller on Netflix.

Peri Baumeister in Blood Red Sky.

The premise – a vampire flipping the script and terrorizing the terrorists – is great fun. And surprisingly, the film starts off strongly, with solid production, a riveting, taut pace, and a compelling performance from Peri Baumeister as Nadja, a terrifying Nosferatu lookalike with a heart of gold. If only co-writer/director Peter Thorwarth had saved the big reveal for a bit later, rather than spending so much time on less exciting, convoluted flashbacks revealing how Nadja came to be a vampire.

Peri Baumeister in Blood Red Sky.

Sadly, by the third act, Blood Red Sky completely goes off the rails, devolving into an overlong, tedious mess. The story turns into a mind-numbing orgy of uninspired action sequences, insipid dialogue and stupid plot developments. It’s disappointing to see it limp so toothlessly to its finalé after such a promising start.

REEL FACTS

Peri Baumeister in The Last Kingdom (left) and in Blood Red Sky.

• German-born Peri Baumeister is best known as Lady Gisela in the TV series The Last Kingdom. 

• Dominic Purcell, who plays the villain Berg in Blood Red Sky, is best known for playing Mick Rory/Heat Wave in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TV series.

Blood Red Sky was filmed in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic.

 

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