I went into Blood Red Sky thinking we were going to have a Snakes on the Plane situation but with vampires. And I knew that there was going to be some heart there when it came to the mother and son. But still, Snakes on a Plane kept popping up in my head. Combine that with a look reminiscent of The Strain, and I thought we were just going to get a blood path based on protecting a child from terrorists who want to kill him and take down the plane.
Color me surprised when Blood Red Sky had more heart than any vampire movie I’ve ever watched and stacked up to being one of my favorite monster movies out there. And at the end of the day, no matter what you think about the end of this movie, it’s about the lengths that a mother was willing to go for her child. Because she fought, fang and nails, to save him and protect her from herself and all the evils of the world.
Nadja, the strong mother and vampire of Blood Red Sky, had a bond with her child named Elias that transcended her condition. He grounded her, made her see that there was something worth fighting for, and in turn he grew strong because of her. Yes, Elias annoyed me sometimes with his ways. But he’s a scared kid confronted with terrorists, a mother who is losing her grip on the monster inside, and a panicked plane full of passengers.
Back to Nadja. As important as her current moments were with Elias, her past was imperative to understand her. I applaud Blood Red Sky for showing Nadja happy and with the love of their life, how she got bitten, and how much she struggled to keep things under wraps to protect her child from herself. This served to ground her character as something more than the badass vampire that’s going to take down the terrorists.
And honestly, it leaves me wanting to see more of how she navigated the years after her husbands death and being bitten. Because from what we saw, control was hard earned and there had to be people in Nadja’s life that helped her along the way. Plus I’d like to understand how she came to the point of having a doctor who was willing to help her with her condition over in New York City.
Now, onto the crying of Blood Red Sky. Nadja did everything for her son. She put her life on the line to make sure he’d survive. And even if that meant losing him because of what she was…she’d do it. And she did. She gave in, transforming into a monstrous version of herself to battle the evil that was coming for him. And at the end of the day, when she was on the cusp of death, she put herself together and kept fighting.
So, should you watch Blood Red Sky? Absolutely. If not for the action or vampires, then for the heart that this movie has and the love at the center of its bones.
Blood Red Sky is available now on Netflix.