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Blood Tracks (1985)

A film crew producing a rock music video decides to shoot at an abandoned factory above the snow line. When an avalanche strands them, a murderous family living in the factory attacks and kills many of them.

Directors:

Mats Helge Olsson (as Mike Jackson), Derek Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

Mats Helge Olsson (as Mike Jackson), Anna Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Harding ... John
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick ... Bob
Naomi Kaneda Naomi Kaneda ... Suzie
Brad Powell Brad Powell
Peter Merrill Peter Merrill
Harriet Robinson Harriet Robinson
Tina Shaw Tina Shaw
Frances Kelly Frances Kelly
Karina Lee Karina Lee
Helena Jacks Helena Jacks
Lotte Heise Lotte Heise
Zin Zan Zin Zan
Chris Lynn Chris Lynn
Alex Tyrone Alex Tyrone
Freddie van Gerber Freddie van Gerber
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A film crew producing a rock music video decides to shoot at an abandoned factory above the snow line. When an avalanche strands them, a murderous family living in the factory attacks and kills many of them.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1985 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal See more »

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Smart Egg Pictures See more »
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| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The band members of Easy Action, who play the band in the film, had never acted before and to overcome their stage fright, Mats Helge Olsson fed them copious amounts of beer. The band and several of the crew members made the film while drunk. See more »

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Despite being set in the US there are Swedish number plates on all cars. See more »

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Featured in Blodspår - Easy Action sopar igen spåren (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

We Go Rocking
Performed by Easy Action
From the album "Easy Action" (1983)
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Are We All Watching The Same Movie Here?
23 March 2007 | by SquonkamaticSee all my reviews

OK, so this isn't SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or ALIEN. But what the heck is going on here with these viewer comments? I almost wonder if we all saw the same movie, which is indeed about a Swedish big hair heavy metal boy band (called Easy Action, in real life: their not half bad power ballad accompanies the closing credits) that travels into the frozen north to shoot part of a music video near a huge, creepy, evocative looking abandoned factory. A family of mutant hermits has taken refuge amidst the worn out machinery, broken down furnaces and endless catwalks. Various members of the video crew, band and their entourage of eye candy groupie babes wander into the abandoned factory where the hermits set upon them. Most are killed (though nobody gets eaten) and some of the women taken prisoner back to the hermit's hovel, presumably for mating purposes that are not explored on camera. Thank God.

When evaluating this actually quite watchable film over three or four screenings I noted that it's really two movies in one, and what I think is going on here with the other user comments is that folks are being distracted by the seeming awfulness of the first movie -- the big hair boy band shooting their video -- and ignoring the second -- the fight for survival inside of this immense abandoned factory. And they are letting their (understandable) disdain for the whole 80s arena metal big hair band thing cloud their judgment over the ENTIRE production, 2/3rds of which has little to do with the rock band. Their groupie girls still parade around half nude or better for the entire length of the show, some of the killings are rather ingenious (though sadly even the longer 85 minute print of the film I located seems cut for a few seconds of explicit gore) but there is a sort of ambiguous quality about the family of hermits that makes their fate somewhat bittersweet.

The family is apparently the same people shown in the very beginning of the film where an abused Swedish house mom kills her husband in a pique of self defense, then flees the scene with her four toddler kids. Who then presumably grow up to be the mutant, fur wearing hermits seen during the bulk of the film. The one problem I had with the movie's logic was how did they get so mutated but the mom remained more or less unscathed? The male hermits are all covered with festering sores, leprosy like skin diseases and scuttle about like creatures from a post apocalyptic wasteland thriller. The director, Swedish filmmaker Mats Helge, apparently had an affinity for the subject of a deformed hermit living in dehumanizing conditions who lashes out against it's invasion by technically advanced pop culturists as seen in his 1991 film FORGOTTEN WELLS, which seems to be a distillation of BLOOD TRACKS' more successful themes.

The comparison to THE HILLS HAVE EYES is indeed valid, but how did these cretins end up as we see them? Interestingly the story paints them as victims who have simply become territorial, staked out this abandoned factory and only start killing off the rock band entourage when their territory is violated by people who ignore a big KEEP OUT THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED sign. If you ignore stuff like that you sort of deserve whatever fates await you, and the abandoned factory set is very cool looking, well selected as a real world location, and handled like a creepy woodland camp setting. A lot of the action in the film actually reminded me of ALIENS with it's carnage scenes set in labyrinths of industrial type structures of inter-crossing catwalks, yawning abysses, shafts of unnatural lighting and atmosphere of disused & decaying metal. There are certain segments like the one with a victim being lit on fire and falling off a catwalk that seem to have anticipated some of ALIENS' action sequences: Did Gale Anne Hurd manage to catch BLOOD TRACKS and find inspiration? It comes from the damndest places sometimes ...

I don't say this movie is actually "good", but it IS interesting, and for 1980s slasher type horror that isn't a common trait. I like how different the setting and style of film-making feels when compared to your usual Summer Camp Horror slasher. There is also a weird juxtaposition of these disfigured mutants stalking fashion oriented metal groupies around a cold, dank, dilapidated factory. And the concluding images actually contain an homage to the 1977 Yul Brynner vehicle THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR which again re-enforces the post apocalyptic thing. Maybe in it's original Swedish form this was meant to be a post industrial paranoia picture about how the materialistic youth culture of the 1980s had turned their back on the traditions of industry, then find themselves haunted by it's ghosts in the form of this family of mutants. The leader of which actually seems to make a gesture of religious atonement during the closing moments ... Or does he? See, the movie leaves some interesting questions unanswered in an interesting way, and each subsequent viewing reveals new elements you maybe missed the first time. Usually a slasher film is a cut & dried affair, what you see is what you get, but there seems to be something going on here in this movie that appears to exceed the sum of it's parts. And you can't blame the Swedish for liking their power ballad arena rock bands.

6/10: Worth seeking out for being somewhat different, which should always be considered a good thing.


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