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Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre (Unrated) (2009)

Gunnar Hansen , Julius Kemp  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gunnar Hansen
  • Directors: Julius Kemp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043X1FN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    When a bloody freak accident takes out their captain, a boatload of international tourists on a whale-watching expedition must fight for their lives while stranded in the middle of the ocean. Help seems to arrive in the form of a helpful whaler who offers to take them back to shore, but instead he strands them on a rusty, terrifying barge of death with his insane family who are determined to hunt down and kill the trespassers one by one! Featuring an appearance by horror legend Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), this shocking, blood-spattered trip on the high seas unleashes a night of terror only a lucky few will survive.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    What do you expect from the film "Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre"? Or "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" (its alternate title)? Whether a straightforward slasher film or a horror spoof of the genre, you will naturally expect something fun and exciting. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the best thing about the Icelandic movie is its clever title.

    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.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars ICELANDIC HARPOON MASSACRE December 11, 2010
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    This is Iceland's attempt at a slasher/ horror type film. It is in English or subtitled where not. A group of tourists go whale watching, but there are no whales to watch so the captain radios for help. He is lured to another vessel location under the ruse of seeing whales. Along the way, an obnoxious drunk Frenchman (Apparently Icelanders have the same respect for the French as the British)accidentally shish kabobs the captain of the boat. As the captain lays there dying, the first mate, damages the boat, takes a small craft and leaves them stranded. The adrift group is "rescued" by a family who used to whale, but can't because of international treaties etc. They hate whale watchers and foreigners. Once they are on board their ship, a woman's cell phone starts to work. She is quickly killed by one of the family as the rest of the rescued group scatters about the boat playing a deadly game of hide-and-seek, with the pretty blond tied up by a religious member of the family who wants to sacrifice her for the lord- go figure. Contains blood, killing, and nudity.

    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.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie -- Good Plot, Acting May 20, 2011
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    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!).

    I've watched this movie 10-30 times, and each time, I still laugh at the dark tragedy and enjoy the characters. The acting is great and I'd say this producer/director pulled off a most successful movie script, with high, engrossing entertainment.

    I'd highly recommend this movie to those who enjoy horror, trauma, mixed with dark comedy.

    GREAT MOVIE !!!
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    2.0 out of 5 stars "Sing like a whale!" March 20, 2013
    By Einsatz
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    Here's a movie guaranteed to alienate everyone. The presentation, supposedly humorous, is instead quite abrasive and not a little offensive. Uncontrolled potshots are taken at the French, whalers, whale watchers, Greenpeace, Japanese tourists, Blacks, Gays, and at one point one of the killers evokes a plea to "the lord, our father, the fuehrer." It's basically a free-for-all, playing to the stupidity of the characters who do little in the way of trying to save themselves or others from an assault by three vicious morons. It's this cynical aspect that dooms this project. Few of the characters rise above the scorn they're meant to deliver as mere ciphers not people. In fact, some are dispatched so quickly, off screen, that forgetting them is an easy task, they never registered to begin with. This is a movie about types of people and their obnoxious prejudices. It's an obvious commentary put forth with little finesse. And sadly, there's also little in the way of horror involved (I could forgive their snideness if there were). But it's just a lot of running around with people getting axed in the usual manner.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and rather gory slasher film from Iceland September 14, 2011
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    Man, Icelanders are still taking the international ban on whaling pretty hard indeed. A few of them apparently have way too much time on their hands, what with the all the cold weather and long dreary nights with nothing to do but complain about the ban and fashion little whale models out of wood to hawk to the wretched tourists whose zeal for whale watching just pours salt in the wounds of those no longer permitted to mindlessly butcher those beautiful creatures. It's just too much for some of them - well, three of them, at least, who go strange in the head and decide to keep practicing their murderous ways on an entirely different animal. I think you know where this is going. It makes for a dark and depressing film that relies far too much on gore and the casting of Gunnar "Leatherface" Hansen for its appeal. This movie makes Iceland look like the most depressing country on earth, and its treatment of foreign tourists can do nothing but hurt the Icelandic tourist industry as a whole. You think you've had a bad day - try waking up late, getting raped, witnessing a horrible accidental death, being tied up and tortured, and then being hunted down by a family of inbred lunatics in the space of a few hours. That's just part of one poor young lady's experience in this movie.

    This definitely isn't your standard horror movie, especially given the fact that the cast of characters doesn't even share a common language.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Bottom of the barrel
    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 more
    Published 17 months ago by Michael A. Mccullough
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Bad As I Expected
    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 more
    Published 18 months ago by merryberry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harpoon
    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 19 months ago by Vladimir Mitas
    4.0 out of 5 stars Green Peace Beware!...
    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 more
    Published 21 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
    3.0 out of 5 stars strange and twisted, Icelandic slasher...
    Set mostly at sea, in the waters around Iceland, Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre (2009), is a strange little suspense thriller, that probably won't do much to promote tourism to... Read more
    Published on August 27, 2011 by trebe
    4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking - apparently Appalachia as depicted in Wrong Turn has nothing...
    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 more
    Published on July 7, 2011 by Cleo
    3.0 out of 5 stars All Gore, No Substance
    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 more
    Published on March 22, 2011 by Ben Wasden
    1.0 out of 5 stars LEAVE WHALE ENOUGH ALONE
    This Icelandic flick is half book since you have to read much of the so-called "dialogue." In any language, this movie sucks.
    Incoherent...sloppily made.. Read more
    Published on February 26, 2011 by Michael Butts
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