Harpoon: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre

Harpoon: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre

Julius Kemp (2009)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Ridiculously stereotyped international tourists find themselves the "catch of the day" after their whale-watching trip goes horrifically awry in this derivative Icelandic chiller. A scrappy twist on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (and featuring the original Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen, in an extended cameo as the unfortunate ship's captain), it sees the persistently self-centred and obnoxious foreigners picked off by a freaky, in-bred fishing family in gory but bog-standard ways. Though the old whaling boat setting is claustrophobic, the speed of the kills and general predictability of events ensure there's no real tension, and poor acting and unsympathetic characters further diminish the film's impact. Still, non-PC black humour, chucked in among the clichés, should keep genre fans in high spirits, even if it doesn't always translate fully.


A group of tourists takes a whale watching trip off the coast of Iceland, only to end up stranded when their ship's captain dies. Salvation is seemingly at hand when a fishing boat finds them, but the sadistic family aboard take them prisoner and brutally torture them. Horror, starring Pihla Viitala and Nae.

Cast & Crew

Annette Pihla Viitala
Endo Nae Yuuki
Leon Terence Anderson (1)
Marie-Anne Miranda Hennessy
Captain Petur Gunnar Hansen
Director Julius Kemp
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Other Information

Language: English, Icelandic, Japanese, French +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, nudity