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Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)

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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.

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Júlíus Kemp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pihla Viitala ... Annette
Nae ... Endo (as Nae Yuuki)
Terence Anderson ... Leon
Miranda Hennessy ... Marie-Anne
Helgi Björnsson Helgi Björnsson ... Tryggvi
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Mamma
Stefán Jónsson ... Siggi
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Jean Francois
Snorri Engilbertsson ... Anton
Gunnar Hansen ... Captain Pétur
Thor Kristjansson ... Bjorn (as Thorvaldur David Kristjansson)
Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir ... Hannah Traschle
Carlos Takeshi Carlos Takeshi ... Nobuyoshi
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Helga
Hanna María Karlsdóttir Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Signy
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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.

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The catch of the day ... is you. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Iceland

Language:

English | Icelandic | Japanese | French

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Harpoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Initially promoted as "Iceland's first splatter-film!" but after the first weekend in local theaters it was advertised as a thriller and the original tagline changed. See more »

Quotes

Leon: You do as i tell you to do as i fucking say and you won't get hurt... i'm handing you over to the authorities
[last lines]
Leon: Get on your fucking knees clasp your hands behind your back... yeah like that
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Icelandic slasher needs a good dose of style
26 July 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

HARPOON: THE REYKJAVIK WHALE WATCHING MASSACRE is billed as Iceland's first horror film and their answer to THE Texas CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, with the action shifted to an inhospitable landscape and a ship. Unfortunately, it turns out to be as dull-witted and laughable as many a Hollywood slasher sequel, a film that strives to be horrific and entertaining and yet which ends up a mess.

The first half of the film sets up the cast, which is fair enough, but it doesn't help that most of the characters are intensely irritating (with the exception of the black guy and the Japanese girl). Gunnar Hansen pops up for a worthless cameo, but after that we're mired in a mess of horror film clichés and predictable death sequences. It's all badly written and quite badly directed, two things which sap enjoyment from the production.

One thing HARPOON does have going for it are some explicit gore sequences, although these aren't quite as grisly as you'd expect, with the emphasis being on the staging of each effect rather than going all-out to gross-out the viewer. But such moments aren't enough to save what is another forgettable, lamentable horror yarn.


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