Prague-shot vampire hijacking thriller ‘Blood Red Sky’ hits Netflix this Friday

Blood Red Sky, a new airline hijacking horror-thriller starring Graham McTavish, Dominic Purcell, and Roland Møller that shot in locations through Prague and the Czech Republic during 2020 and early 2021, will premiere worldwide on Netflix this Friday, July 23.

Produced by Germany’s Rat Pack Filmproduktion and shot in German and English by director Peter Thorwarth, Blood Red Sky tells the story of an airplane hijacking with a unique twist: the terrorists end up confronting a vampire during the hijacking, leading to some gruesome results.

Blood Red Sky stars Purcell (Killer Elite, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Alexander Scheer as the hijackers alongside Danish actor Møller (Riders of Justice, now screening in Prague cinemas) and Peri Baumeister as a passenger with a mysterious illness that the trailer readily gives away:

According to Netflix, director Thorwarth came up with the idea for the movie while on a long-haul flight to the U.S. He co-wrote the screenplay for Blood Red Sky with writer Stefan Holtz.

Scottish actor McTavish (Dwalin in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy) appears briefly as a military colonel. Sinead Phelps (Carnival Row), Rebecca Dyson-Smith (Annette), and Chidi Ajufo (The Gentlemen) costar.

According to the Czech Film Commision, Blood Red Sky was primarily shot at Prague-Zličín Studios, where a model of the main aircraft that features in the movie was constructed for filming.

Blood Red Sky also filmed at locations throughout the Czech Republic including those in Smilkov, Kouty, Heřmaničky, Arnoštovice, and Brno’s Tuřany airport. The Czech locations stood in for Frankfurt Airport and Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland.

Local production company Sirena Film coordinated the Czech shoot of Blood Red Sky for Rat Pack. While shooting in Prague, the film was known as Transatlantic 473.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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