Friday, July 28, 2017

Movie review: Scourge

 When a local church burns down an ancient evil creature, the Scourge, is released to travel from body to body, using them up and killing the host. When town bad boy Scott is blamed, he focuses on finding out what is really happening and with the help of an old girlfriend, Jesse, they realize they are dealing with a supernatural monster.

Russell Ferrier (Sheriff Durst), Robyn Ledoux (Jesse), Nic Rhind (Scott), Jason Harder (Deputy Sam), Alan Legros (Photographer).

The movie kicks off pretty well with some good background development around the Scourge itself in the form of a flashback. Moving to present day and how the Scourge was awakened is a nice transition but the introduction of the main character, Scott, and his past really isn’t explained well. Almost 20 minutes into the movie we finally begin to realize what the Scourge might be. After that, the film becomes a repeat of The Hidden and a few others where humans are the parasitic host to some creature. The plot gets thin and holes start showing up but that is also about the time the creature starts moving between bodies quickly so the action helps distract from plot problems. From then on the pace stays pretty high right up until the after-school-special ending.

Acting was surprisingly good in this one from everyone, although Ferrier left a bit to be desired and could have been cast better.

Special effects were fairly well done throughout the movie which appears to have had a decent budget. Camera work, sets, background, and dialogue were all nicely done exhibiting a quality film.

Overall, this is a nicely done horror or sci-fi that was surprisingly good considering the lack of press and poor reviews.

Violence, gore, some foul language, and monsters so keep this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2008
Reviewed: 7.17.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Sci-Fi Horror

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