The movie begins with a black and white sequence set in 1936. Nazi scholar Richard Wirth (Michael Fassbinder) arrives at the home of the Wollners, a family of German immigrants living in
Turns out Victor’s captors were the Wollners, still alive and looking pretty good despite the passage of some seven decades. Wirth is still alive as well, at least in a manner of speaking. In his quest to open up his third eye and achieve immortality, the Nazi necromancer has become some kind of zombie/vampire, keeping the Wollners frozen in time through black magic and forcing them to provide him with blood. The Wollners daughter Liese (Emma Booth) tries to explain to Victor that it wasn’t personal. Although unable to kill Wirth, Liese can at least keep him contained as long as he’s fed. Vic isn’t interested in arguments about the greater good, though. He’s just pissed about having been turned into a living food dispenser.
Wirth cuts a strikingly horrific figure with his dirty bandage swathed face, fashionable Nazi trench coat, and talon-like fingernails. And not only is he a blood drinking zombie who can punch right through your stomach, he can also cast spells to raise the dead, even animals (watch out for those zombie horses). Definitely not a monster you want to trifle with. There’s not much room for nuance in a performance like this, but Fassbinder is everything you’d want in a pulp horror villain. As for the rest of the cast, there are no real standout performances here, but the acting is more than adequate for a B-grade flick like this.
After the marginal freshness of the initial set-up, the plot settles into familiar siege-horror territory. Sure, we’ve seen this kind of thing before, but Director Joel Schumacher maintains a high level of tension throughout. He never forgets that this is a horror movie, and the camp tendencies that earned him the ire of fans with his two Batman films are thankfully absent. Schumacher also gives Blood Creek a nice look and style without going overboard like some of the music video hacks that fancy themselves movie directors these days. Blood Creek isn’t a horror masterpiece by any means, but it is an enjoyable bit of pulpy trash, and that’s more than I can say for a lot of recent horror films. 3 out of 4 stars.