Friday, July 5, 2013
The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre
Before I get to the new movie this week, I want to thank everyone who has been coming to this blog and reading the content that I have posted. I have surpassed 1000 hits to my blog in just over 4 months. I really appreciate you reading and I hope you continue to come back and continue learning (and watching) about some of these kooky movies that I am writing about. I have definitely chosen a kooky movie this time around. The Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre! Yes, this is a real movie. It is actually called just Harpoon here in the states but it is a loving homage to the wonderful 1970's classic the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe Hooper directed the original TCM that spawned 3 sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake, and this year a brand new movie that was a direct sequel to original. Confused yet? The point is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has had regular theatrical releases for the last 30 years and those films have inspired new film makers across the globe. One of those film makers is Iceland's own Julius Kemp. This movie's title basically explains the whole plot. The movie follows a young blonde Annette who is going on a whale watching expedition with about 10-15 other people. The boat is captained by Gunnar Hanson who was the original Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and has a great cameo in this film. Through a series of mishaps and mistakes the captain ends up getting killed accidentally and without a captain to pilot the boat the passengers are left to call an SOS to the closet ship that can help. Of course the closest boat to the stranded whale watching group has a crew of three and they are a mother and her two sons and they are crazy! They take on the stranded passengers and spend the duration of the movie killing them off one by one. The movie is silly and violent and is a bit tongue and cheek the whole time. Aside from each movie being about a crazy family that kills people there is very little in common with Harpoon and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But overall it is a fun movie and I recommend you give it a shot.
Unfortunately this movie is a little hard to find and currently you can only get it on DVD or Blu Ray. But if you get the opportunity and like gory movies it would be worth a buy and have your friends over for a big a viewing party.
Next time in the corner I am going to write about another theatrical release, the film adaptation of Max Brooks' novel World War Z!
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