Austrian director Marvin Kren caused quite a stir amongst genre fans around the globe with his 2010 effort Rammbock: Berlin Undead
. Despite clocking in right around the one hour mark - a run time that is, generally speaking, death for both festival programming and commercial distribution - Rammbock
found a loyal following on the festival circuit and became a hit on VOD and DVD. And Kren is a huge part of why, the director showing an uncommon knack for blending kinetic action with compelling horror. And so fans have been waiting for what he may do next.
And the answer to that question is upcoming creature feature Blugtgletscher
(current English working title The Station
), a film shot in the mountains of his native Austria.
Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the
Alps. He is a loner, the regularly changing scientists who share the
rocky idyll with him are just tolerated by him. Making things more
difficult is the approaching visit of the environment minister, which
brings rivalries at the station to the boil.
So everyone involved is grateful when their barren routine is
interrupted by a strange discovery. A red liquid pours from a nearby
glacier, melted free from the ice crust shrinking with climate change.
This "glacier blood" turns out to be a very special juice, with
unimagined effects on the local animals.
Soon Janek has his hands full defending himself and the station against a
growing horde of monstrosities: biological ones lurking outside, human
ones inside. And as if all that wasn't already dangerous enough, his
heart also threatens to break: among the minister's entourage is Tanja,
who is the only one who knows the reason for Janek's self-chosen
Glacier blood, incidentally, is a genuine phenomenon though Kren is clearly taking liberties. The first two images from the film have arrived online. Check them out below.
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