Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre (Unrated)
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The basic storyline is a familiar one, but not without some twists. A group of whale watching tourists is trapped in a whaler owned by a murderous family having a grudge against environmentalists. There is so much bloodshed, but no memorable killer like Leatherface. Characters are all stereotypes, the killers or the victims.
You will find that not many characters are likable, and that is probably intentional. The script is penned by Sjón Sigurdsson, acclaimed author and poet, also Oscar-nominated (with Lars von Trier and Björk) for the song "I've Seen It All" in "Dancer in the Dark." Like Björk's dark musical, the story is told with a cynical view on human nature.
That means you will never know who will survive in"Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre". That should be a good thing, but as the film suffers from the heavy-handed narrative, bad editing and wooden acting, the end result is dull and uninteresting, except in a few scenes where hapless tourists get killed in a very stupid way.
Icelandic-born Gunnar Hansen ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre") appears as Captain Pétur, but his role is rather small and may not be what you would think.
This movie is certainly better than many of the low budget B horror flicks, but fails to generate any real tension. This is perhaps I have seen so many of these things I have grown numb to people being harpooned or burned alive. The Japanese are stereo-typed with their taking photos, male chauvinism, and kamikaze ability. The Frenchman is obnoxious, you want him dead.
Yes, Gunnar Hansen,native of Iceland, (Leatherface) is in the movie. He plays kindly old Captain Petur and dies early in the movie. I didn't recognize him without someone else's face on his head.
This definitely isn't your standard horror movie, especially given the fact that the cast of characters doesn't even share a common language.Read more ›
An assorted group of tourists board a small boat with the hope of catching a glimpse of some whales. The party of ten includes three middle-aged female tourists, and a Japanese couple and their aide. Out in the open sea, the captain (Gunnar Hansen) is has a spear run through his chest in a freak accident. Upon hearing the news, the criminal-minded ship's mate disables the craft, and then departs in a rubber raft, leaving the tourists to manage on their own. Icelandic hospitality seems to be seriously lacking, until a small boat arrives, and ferries the survivors over to a larger fishing boat. When the visitors are gathered on deck, the crew of the whaling ship, a mother and her two sons, suddenly whip out weapons and begin attacking the tourists.
Two of the middle-aged women are the first to go, one takes a hammer through the skull, and the other is tossed overboard after having her throat slit. Tryggvi (Helgi Bjornsson), one of the whalers, tests out shooting skills, sinking a harpoon into one of the tourists attempting to swim away.Read more ›
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A group of international tourists (Japanese, German, French, American) gather on a boat in Reykjavik, Iceland to go whale watching, an increasingly popular activity in the area now... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Michael A. Mccullough
Here's a movie guaranteed to alienate everyone. The presentation, supposedly humorous, is instead quite abrasive and not a little offensive. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Einsatz
I watched this movie recently on Chiller and assumed it would be a complete waste of time. However, it was better than I expected. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by merryberry
It's an excellent thriller/horror, which has an original story. I enjoyed it a lot. I'd give it a rating of 9/10.Published on January 28, 2013 by Vladimir Mitas
I went into HARPOON: WHALE-WATCHING MASSACRE w/ very low expectations. I mean, the name automatically sent my eyeballs rolling up into my head! Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
Wow. Do you think some Icelanders hate the foreign tourists? The stereotypes fly fearlessly in this movie like the flag on a pirate ship. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Cleo
I LOVE this movie! The script is excellent, it also has dark humor, which kept me laughing (it's difficult to mix humor and tragedy, but this movie managed to do it!). Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Egyptian Gurl
Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre is a foreign horror film that is all about the gore. Without the gory death scenes, Harpoon wouldn't be the least bit worthwhile. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Ben Wasden