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The Station

2013 1h 37m Horror List
48% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 28% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Scientists discover that a red liquid leaking from a nearby glacier contains organisms that turn living hosts into deadly mutants. Read More Read Less

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Andrew O'Hehir Yes, this is gruesome Euro-horror about the climate apocalypse and the possible end of life on earth as we know it, but it's also fun for the whole family. May 4, 2014 Full Review Simon Abrams "Blood Glacier" is too sleepy to do anything with its guano-stirring premise. Rated: 1.5/4 May 2, 2014 Full Review Nicolas Rapold New York Times Sometimes genre-based filmmakers don't know how to make their material fun without making fun of their material, but that's not a failing of Mr. Kren's. May 1, 2014 Full Review Patrick Cavanaugh The Wolfman Cometh The title and imagery of "Blood Glacier" is undeniably evocative, especially in the realm of snowy-inspired eco-terror, but it never seems to want to accomplish anything outside of its concept. Rated: 3/5 Sep 20, 2023 Full Review Jason Adams My New Plaid Pants Blood Glacier reads like a SyFy movie, but quality-wise it's several miles above teetering up in the mountaintops of B-movie-dom Jul 2, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell While the film isn't a complete misfire, its ever so light creature twist isn't enough to make this memorable. Aug 28, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Patricia K I stuck around until the creatures started getting featured and then I was out. Better cgi in Sharknado. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 11/13/23 Full Review Wolfgang G Blutgletscher (Arbeitstitel: Glazius) ist ein Horrorfilm von Regisseur Marvin Kren… Auf einer Klimaforschungsstation in den Alpen geraten die Wissenschaftler ins Staunen, als aus dem nahen gelegenen schmelzenden Gletscher eine rote Flüssigkeit austritt… Ein deutschsprachiger Tierhorrorfilm, in dem der Klimawandel im Hintergrund ist… Die einfache, aber effektive Geschichte nimmt ihren vorhersehbaren Lauf… Der Film erinnert mich irgendwie an John Carpenter's The Thing… Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/09/23 Full Review Patrick S I admired The Thing-style practical effects, but the digital effects were poor. Also, that ending was RIDICULOUS. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Ambientazioni spettacolari e in territori poco battuti in ambito cinematografico. Trama abbastanza originale sia per argomento ma soprattutto per lo sviluppo; i personaggi purtroppo sono piatti e poco interessanti; quasi goliardici per i loro modi di agire e di comportarsi. Dopo delle discrete premesse, il film si perde in una serie di stereotipi tipici degli horror e volti a mettere i personaggi nelle situazioni più difficili possibili. Mezzo punto in meno per un finale terribile; che probabilmente dovrebbe essere punito in modo ancora più pesante. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review robert z Every now and then a movie comes along that just strikes the right chord. It might not have the best special effects. It might not have any stars in it. Truth be told, it might be so deep in "B" movie territory that you're surprised you're not cleaning honey stains off the TV stand, but you like what you like and ain't no crappy CG effects gonna convince you otherwise. Blood Glacier is one of those movies for me. This quirky little gem from Austria has it all! You want body horror? They've got horrible, stinging flies hatching out of someone's face. You want an ecological morality tale? They've got all kinds of people talking about climate change. You want a monster movie? Hey, I already mentioned the rampaging mutant ibex and he's not alone! As director Kren's sophomore offering in the feature-length picture category, Blood Glacier -- or, Blutgletscher, as they say in the old country -- pretty much has something for everyone. Set in the Austrian alps with a four person (and one dog) team manning a remote scientific research outpost, the chilly isolation might start reminding you of another ill-fated research station in less than sunny climes. A resemblance that only gets stronger when the "blood" of the titular Blood Glacier turns out to be some kind of ancient, microscopic life form that's been woken up from its frozen nap. This time by mean ol' Mr. Climate Change. Nobody likes glacial shrinkage. I'm just sayin'. However, any similarities between Blood Glacier and The Thing are all in good fun and this movie takes the "infection" idea in a different direction. This is definitely an Us vs. Them movie, not another paranoid Us vs. Us romp. The lion's share of the special effects are practical and that includes most of the weird, hybrid critters. This is a very good thing as the majority of the CG effects are, to put it mildly, crap. Fun crap! But still crap. Luckily, all the primary monstrosities are fully done with far more satisfying practical effects. We're still not talking Rob Bottin or Amalgamated Dynamics-level monster making, but they're great for the budget they had. As for the acting... I'm going to preface this by saying I watched Blood Glacier dubbed in English. And the voice acting was often, shall we say, sub-par. Delivered like they were reading the list of ingredients off the back of a cereal box. Fun cereal! But still cereal. After looking up the actors, though, most of them seem to be hard-working people with a number of film and TV credits to their names. 99% of them have been in the German cop-drama TV show Tatort, but when you've got a series that runs for nearly 50 years you probably go through a lot of actors. Fans of the show might recognize Gerhard Liebmann and Edita Malovcic who both had multi-year runs on Tatort and play the main characters, Janek and Tanja, in Blood Glacier. Luca the bodyguard was also played by a seasoned Tatort alum, Murathan Muslu. Which is really just a long way of saying, if you can watch the movie in German, the acting is probably much better. While Blood Glacier does have a strong Climate Change Is Bad message, it never gets too preachy about it. Not that it's a bad message to preach, it's just not something you need too much of in a horror movie. Technically, one of the climatologists does get a bit long winded in a speech about damaging the planet, but he gets set on fire later and I think that balances things out pretty well. The movie has its share of plot holes. This was the second time I'd seen it and I still can't figure out where the nameless running young woman is supposed to have come from. None of the characters even question what she's doing in the Austrian alps, miles away from civilization and clearly not dressed for hours of hiking. Of course, they're all distracted by what she's running from so I can cut them some slack. Overall, though, Blood Glacier is just fun. It's not out to win any academy awards. It's just trying to have a good time with some beautiful scenery, mediocre writing, and occasionally goofy monsters. Grab yourself a frosty adult beverage, crank up the Netflix machine, and just enjoy a good ol' fashioned B-movie creature feature. Robert Zilbauer Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Good premise for this type of movie, unforgivable script, unsurprising execution. Nice scenery anyway. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Scientists discover that a red liquid leaking from a nearby glacier contains organisms that turn living hosts into deadly mutants.
Marvin Kren
Helmut Grasser
Benjamin Hessler
Production Co
Allegro Filmproduktions GmbH, FISA - Filmstandort Austria, Filmfonds Wien
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 31, 2017
1h 37m
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