Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Friday, August 21, 2015

Film Review: ANIMAL (2014)

Modern society is nothing but destructive and the continuing destruction of the forests and nature has pushed all manner of wildlife to populated areas.  Some of this wildlife man has never laid an eye on which is the premise of Animal (2014). A group of friends out on a weekend trip are suddenly attacked by a creature they’ve never seen before.  The group is herded to an abandoned cabin in the woods where they soon discover another group of people have also been trapped.  Now these group of strangers must learn to work together in order to survive while the creature continues to test the effectiveness of the cabin in order to kill them one by one. 

Written by Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo and directed by Brett Simmons this is a film build on a basic premise of survival against an outside menace.  There is also the tension between all the survivors trapped in the cabin who all have a different idea of how to survive.  The cast for the most part is very effective but the film may be “too” simple in this day and age of audiences who want more complicated stories with deeper meaning.  This film is very basic but effective.  Simmons has a flare behind the camera and him and his team creates a lot of mood and atmosphere in the film.  This film is never dull.  The creature FX are also impressive as there is very little CGI in the film relying more on practical effects as a film of this type should.

Although she doesn’t really do much in the film, it is a pleasure to see Joey Lauren Adams in a horror film which is completely unexpected as she gives the film a little added “star” power.  Monster fans will enjoy this film as it has everything that a monster film should have and does it well, so, even if it feels like a film that you may have seen before it is effective and entertaining and never boring.

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