Blood Tide (1999) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
This is a pretty fun film, not quite 4 stars but definitely 3.5.
I liked it because for a monster flick, there are several layers to it. Beyond a mysterious carnivorous creature, there is a pagan culture that has carried memories of a very distant time when there were remedies to keep it at bay - at a price of course. It is embodied in Jose Ferrer, who does the ancient European thing very well and kind of controls the events that unfold. Then you have the nearer past that is Christian, which adds its own odd beliefs (it is a nunnery that guards this tradition). Finally, there is the confused secular present, with the couple (you get to see Belushi’s window girlfriend from Animal House!) and Jones, who is a darn good scoundrel layabout smuggler.
The center of it is a beautiful virgin artist, the sister of the “hero” looking to bring her back. She appears crazy, though Ferrer wants her there and hidden for some reason. Apparently, she is in touch with something. Her action is to study ancient paintings at the nunnery, where her relationship with the mother superior guides her into refurbishing a painting - yes, she discovers a third layer, beneath the first two.
This all leads to a fun climax, which I do not want to reveal. The psychology is good, the historical sense is fun if you can see it, and then there is action. Definitely an above average monster flick.
Recommended as fun passtime.
About Blood Tide (1999)
Starring: James Earl Jones, Lila Kedrova, Martin Kove, Deborah Shelton, Mary Louise Weller
Runtime: 82 minutes
Director: Richard Jeffries Richard Jefferies