A routine whale watching trip ends in bloodshed when a family of ex-whale hunters board the ship and begin ruthlessly slaughtering its passengers. This Icelandic import is filled with grisly murders on the high seas, including a harpoon through the chest that leaves one of the victims hanging off of the side of the ship like an anchor. Gunnar Hansen makes a special guest appearance as the ship's captain that kills over early on in just one of the film's many links to TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. The psychotic family members also draw distinct similarities to the Sawyer family; each were forced out of their occupations that involved animal killing, and each are composed of three members with one parent and two dysfunctional youths. HARPOON's familiar plot does not take away from its overall enjoyment, but the uneven pacing and unlikable victims do make it harder to connect. By sticking with traditional practical effects aboard the cold and cramped setting, Julius Kemp builds a dark and suffocating mood that reflects many of his grindhouse influences with this brutal and bloody Slasher.
If you liked HARPOON, check out:
LAST HOUSE IN THE WOODS, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, STORM WARNING.