Sunday, December 27, 2009

The 8th Plague

Released: 2006

Reviewed: 12.23.09
Star rating: 2 out of 5

DJ Perry (Mason), Leslie Valenza (Launa), Terry Jernigan (Buck), Charles Powell (Curtis), Nitin Adsul (Kadulva), Hollis McLachlan (Crystal), Jonathan Rockett (Gavin), Laura Chaves (Nikki), Paul Bugelski (Stiver).

Launa and a couple of friends looking for her missing sister Nikki end up at an abandoned prison. With the help of a local cop and ex-prison guard they start to look for Nikki and instead find the undead and plenty of evil.

This one kicked off looking like a total loser and I actually turned it off once. After about the first 30 minutes or so though the film picked up the pace a bit and the gore started flowing. The next 40 minutes or so was a total gore fest. The plot was a bit thin and really served only to create a setting for the gore and violence but it didn't matter once the blood started flowing.

Acting from Valenza was pretty good and she brought good energy to her part. Perry was a bit flat but better than many others. Most of the supporting work was weak and without spark.

Camera work was pretty good and supported the special effects well. Sets and background were minimal, as was the soundtrack. Dialogue was okay but it was the gore that made the film. Plenty of nice juicy bloody shots along with gory violence scenes, entrail scenes, and even eyeball removal.

The ending was a complete setup for a sequel but I don't see it happening. The film was decent but just not good enough to deserve a sequel. If you enjoy horror or gore, put this on your Must See list. If not, skip this due to the thin plot and acting. With plenty of blood, guts, gore, and mild nudity save this for older teens and above.

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