Blood and Snow Blu-ray Review

Written by Robert Gold

Blu-ray released by Cleopatra Entertainment

Directed by Jesse Palangio
Written by Rossa McPhillips
2023, 115 minutes, Not Rated
Released on June 11th, 2024

Starring:
Anne-Carolyne Binette as Marie
Michael Swatton as Sebastian
Vernon Wells as The Professor
Simon Phillips as Luke
Adam Huel Potter as Paul
Blake Canning as William
Prosper Junior as Bobby

Review:

A group of scientists working in the Arctic come across a fellow team member in the snow covered in blood and in shock. Her partner’s decapitated body is found nearby. The guys bring her back to their base where she begins exhibiting strange behavior. First, this French woman is newly fluent in English and she is capable of escaping restraints. The facility is isolated by a powerful storm and help is unavailable for several hours. Soon, other members begin turning up dead and the woman becomes a primary suspect. The Professor’s studies lead him to believe she is infected with an alien virus and must be contained. It turns out the truth is far more menacing and it will become a battle of wills to see who will survive the next twenty-four hours.

Blood and Snow was not a movie on my radar and turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The plot synopsis is a bit tricky because it reads like a riff on The Thing: an alien crashes in the Arctic and is now hiding in a remote base populated almost exclusively by men. Thankfully, the similarities are minimal and no attempt is made to replicate the brilliant works of either Howard Hawks or John Carpenter. This film takes a minimalist approach with very little bloodshed and zero monstrous prosthetics. We do get some throat slashings and other stabbings, but nothing gratuitous. Instead, the filmmakers focus on character development and a streamlined plot.

Anne-Carolyne Binette (Stealing Chaplin) stars as Marie, the French woman closest to the alien invader, delivering a solid performance that is both incredibly vulnerable and at times quite ferocious. Michael Swatton (Ice Road Killer) co-stars as Sebastian, a tough guy who is sweet on Marie, but knows something is not right and keeps his feelings in check. Sebastian’s partner, Luke, played by Simon Phillips (Butchers), is not a fan of women and never once believes Marie is capable of saving. He believes she should be killed immediately before things get further out of hand. Adam Huel Potter (Hard Kill) plays Paul, the level-headed leader of the group who takes control of the situation and is determined not to lose any more men. As confident as all these guys appear, there is one underqualified staff member, the terrified William, played with great sensitivity by Blake Canning (Ash & Dust). Adding marquee value to the show is the awesome Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Commando) as the Professor. It is nice to see Wells given such a meaty role as one of the heroes instead of his popular villainous turns. He is the voice of reason and keeps things on course for the majority of the night.

Director Jesse Palangio (Monster Pool: Chapter 2) keeps things moving at a steady pace, slowly unwrapping the mystery surrounding Marie and the alien invader. Working from a script by Rossa McPhillips (Star Cops), Palangio serves as his own cinematographer and creates a rich atmosphere with an air of tension and some moments of genuine suspense. The picture runs close to two hours and could stand a few trims, but works more often than not. I knew where it was headed and predicted the ending, but it is carried out in an admirable fashion.

Blood and Snow is a better-than-average thriller filled with its share of twists and turns that will keep viewers engaged. While the filmmakers never hide what is actually going on, it is engaging to see how our heroes will work together to contain the situation. A strong cast and script paired with capable direction yields mostly positive results worth checking out. If you can find it streaming before committing to a purchase, I recommend doing so, but a blind buy will likely not disappoint.

Video and Audio:

Presented in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, picture quality is sharp and well-defined. Colors are bold and frequently pop, while black levels are solid. There is plenty of detail in the image and flesh tones appear natural throughout.

Both the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix and English LPCM 2.0 stereo track are equally satisfying. Dialogue levels are always clear and understandable while music and effects cues are well-balanced and never overpowering. Optional English subtitles are included for anyone in need.

Special Features:

A slideshow (3 minutes) of production stills is included.

Trailers for this and other Cleopatra Entertainment titles are also included.

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Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

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Robert Gold
Staff Reviewer
Robert's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.
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