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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse Movie Review

Above Pic: (C) KRU and Epic Film Productions

Above Pic: Cast Banner for Vikingdom

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Before I start this review, again let me preface by saying two things, I love anything to do wth Vikings and that this is a 15 million dollar budget film not 200million. I am not paid by anyone on this production, my views are my own The banner above shows the main charaters! From Kru Studios in Malaysia comes Vikingdom, a 3D theatrical released film in Asia.

The plot is actually pretty cool. In this story Thor is an angry God, a provocative twist. Vikings and allies are sent to Hades to search for Odin's Horn, thus controlling the rage of the ruthless self proclaimed god. Displaced rage is a dangerous thing, and yes Thor is mighty pissed haha!

Discussing some of the innovative film tricks. Cleverly using a steady cam mounted to a ATV allowed horses to be followed closely with very little camera jitters in Vikingdom. Some scenes were shot in 3D and some were later converted to 3D based upon the problems and locations. Many extras are used giving the  film the "epic" feel, even on a budget 1/20 a Hollywood flick. Watch for some cool locations like caves, underwater etc! The final battle scene includes 500 warriors and 50 horses!

Actor Conan Stevens portrays Thor, states that the character fits him, and displays copious rage, and that "Berserk mentality"! Watch for him as Bolg in the "Hobbit" trilogy. Natassia Malthe  (Brynna) plays a boat captain, and yeah she gets in on the action and fighting as well.  plays Eiric yes that is the correct spelling, essentially the Eirik the Red character from the legend, and leader of the quest for Odin's Horn. Watch for  who interestingly enough plays a wayward Chinese slave who was once a warrior joins the quest Foo speacks in Chinese, his parts are subtitled. All of that coupled with the excellent stunt crew of Fist! Check them out @ http://www.filmindustrystuntteam.com.au/FIST_-_About.html

The quest on Vikingdom is rather unique as the story is, having Thor as the antagonist represents a man against God situation, exact opposite of Thor comics. Since the myths predate the comics why the hell not.

Battles, Demons, an alluring sexy Freja played by  make for a great way to spend an afternoon if you like Norse, Odin, etc! The film is out now in Malaysia and blasts into th USA October 4th! Kudos to Director  and KRU studios for their hard work and warrior spirit on a limited budget. I rate "Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse" an 8 out of 10! Draw your sword HAHA, let the haters hate!

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Update 10-5-13 Actress Natassia Malthe Chats Vikingdom! Exclusively on Dan's Movie Report!

Some the the action in Vikingdom looked very intense, even though you have done several action films in the past, did some scenes like the twisting dive challenge you, were they harder?

The dive was hard actually not much help with it and I had to jump myself and twist myself , to get it right was very hard especially with props and landing on them each time . All the fights scenes were intense . I had to really concentrate .
Even though Vikingdom was a huge production from KRU what are some of the differences you encountered between that and the Elektra film you worked on, sets, attitude, organization etc..

Elektra was a way bigger budget with extremely experienced people in every single department . But I think that isn't really important . The intention and drive to make a good film and work with what one has is what gives a film uniqueness and soul . Sometimes high budget studio movies mess up the story and the story becomes generic...To commercial .... there was more of a community feel on Vikingdom. 

Very true on community, additionally Vikingdom has a unique story in that Thor is portrayed as a maniacal God, in my review I liked the portrayal as I think it offered something different, What were some of the things that attracted you to accept your role in Vikingdom, the strong character you would be playing, the unique story etc..
I was attracted to the mythology and that my character was strong . I liked the genre alot .

How were the relationships on the set of Vikingdom, everything was relaxed, etc..

Um.. I was mostly hanging out with my bf at the time Jon foo ... We kind of did our own thing kept away from any drama . But everyone was nice and friendly . 
Are there any rumblings you heard from other big budget releases from KRU. a sequel etc..

I have heard of sequel talk.... One, two, three but you know I hear that on every movie and until its happening its something I try not to pay attention too ...


Hope it happens, Vikingdom is a cool project, any new projects in the work you can chat about?

I am in talks with a TV show but I have also been thinking of studying at a university and getting a degree ...... I feel like a change ....

Wish you the best Natassia chat soon.


Thanks for the interview.




Legend Of The Red Reaper Movie Review





The extreme difficulty Producer/Writer/Star Tara Cardinal had with even completing 'Legend of the Red Reaper' is a six year journey through movie hell, full of rejections, deceptions, and lost promises. Rather than let the process get her down, real life warrior Cardinal forges ahead and delivers an action filled tale that travels back to 80's action films, prior to the CGI-heavy effects laden behemoths of today.

The back story to 'Red Reaper':  as a child she was sold by her mother, to her biological father, a demonlord,  who tormented her for many years. She was rescued by a clan of Reapers, who raised and trained her. She begins to develop her powers, which include seeing into the future. The Red Reaper then exacts revenge on those who

Ok, I am not going to lie, this is a far more simplistic version of the story than really needs to be told. In fact, I am glad that there is an explanation of the prior story. while a short visual montage plays in the background, or else I would be  rather confused, Furthermore, spinning a detailed history of the relationships of demons, reapers, and humans, the 100 minute flick would have easily pushed past the two hour mark, not a good thing for most lower budget films.

Red Reaper takes a more serious tone but, due to the "female action - quest adventure" the fiery red haired Cardinal gives a fierce performance, akin to 'Red Sonja' and the recent lower budget flick 'Dragon Crusaders' with petite warrior Cecily Fay. 

Battles, legends, demons, this full on action fantasy is great, I rate 'Legend Of the Red Reaper' an 8 out of 10 A must own. Let this be a lesson to all indie film makers, Rome was not built in a day! If you have a dream, fight like hell to make it happen. 

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