Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)

whaleDirector: Julius Kemp

Writer: Sjon Sigurdsson (Screenplay)

Starring: Pihla Viitala, Nae, Terence Anderson, Miranda Hennessy, Helgi Bjornsson, Godrun Gisladottir, Stefan Jonsson, Aymen Hamdouchi, Snorri Engilbertson, Gunnar Hansen


Plot: An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Strong Ideas


Story: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre starts with opening credits showing whaling which is very difficult to watch to say the least. We move to meet our characters Annette (Viitala), Endo (Nae), Marie-Anne (Hennessy) and many other nationalities as they are preparing for a day of whale watching of the coast of Iceland.

The peaceful whale watching trip is about to turn into a nightmare when the Captain Petur (Hansen) gets killing in an accident, but this is only the beginning as they are left as bait for Tryggvi (Bjornsson) and his team of whalers that kill any tourists instead of whales.

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre gave me the feeling of the Hostel in Iceland, it does have some random sides to the story because we never really learn the motives of the killers, or why the man is acting retarded. The characters are slightly generic with Marie-Anne really confusing me because she should be a character you feel her pain but they turned her into a complete bitch in the final act of the story. This does have good parts because some of the kills are shocking but in the end it feels just like another splatter based film.


Actor Review


Pihla Viitala: Annette does go through a lot in this film, she starts off being the last to arrive on the boat injuring herself getting on the boat, where she ends up almost being rapped, before they get captured where she becomes the target of the most deranged of the killers. Pihla is good having gone through everything she does.

Nae: Endo is the assistant to a Japanese business couple who gets treated badly by her boss. Once captured she becomes one of the hardest to capture by the killers. Nae is good giving us a very interesting character through the film.

Helgi Bjornsson: Tryggvi is the leader of the killers, he brings his victims in as if he is helping them only to unleash his killer side once they are on board. Helgi is good as the leader of the killers.

Miranda Hennessy: Marie-Anne is on this trip in memory of her late fiancée as they trip would have been her honeymoon. She comes off as the responsible one on the trip as she is using it as time to grieve. Miranda is good but her character is so confusing as she should be the leading character with the sympathy for what has happened but they turn her into the asshole character.

Support Cast: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre has a supporting cast that are just the disposable characters for the killers.

Director Review: Julius KempJulius gives us a good splatter filled horror.


Horror: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is a splatter filled horror that is filled with gore throughout.

Settings: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre puts our characters in the middle of the Sea with nowhere to run, but you can see the shore.
Special Effects
: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre has good effects when it comes to the kills of the characters.

Suggestion: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is one to try, I do feel like the horror fans out there will enjoy this one. (Try)


Best Part: Kills are good.

Worst Part: Marie-Anne character

Kill Of The Film: French Guy.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Hostel


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: The catch of the day … is you.


Overall: Enjoyable but flawed horror.



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