ABC Film Challenge – Horror – E – Exit Humanity (2011)

Director: John Geddes

Writer: John Geddes (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Cox, Mark Gibson, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Stephen McHattie, Jordan Hayes

 

Plot: A young man’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly undead outbreak during the American Civil War.


Tagline – History has a violent way of repeating itself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow, But Enjoyable Zombie Movie

 

Story: Exit Humanity starts during the civil war, where Edward Young (Gibson) battled but the war bought the rise of the undead which Edward has battled successfully until they get his family, looking to get across country to spread his son’s ashes he sets out alone.

Along the way he meets a fellow survivor who has been battling General Williams (Moseley) and his men including Medic Johnson (McHattie) who believe they can control the undead, so know teaming with Isaac (Seybold) he sets out on helping him defeat these evil men, all while being narrated but Malcolm Young (Voiced by Cox).

 

Thoughts on Exit Humanity

 

Characters – Malcolm Young is our narrator, he tells the story like he is writing it in a book, Edward Young is the man who fought in the Civil War but now lives in an undead infested land where he loses his family but now he fights the undead in a quest to put his son’s ashes to rest. Eve is a lone woman living in the woods, she is believed to be a witch which built her reputation for the locals, she opens her doors to Edward and his party. General Williams is the man that believes there is a cure, but his evil ways lead to them experimenting on the living to find it. Medic Johnson is Williams’ doctor who performs these experiments.

PerformancesThe performances from the cast are good, we have the horror icons in Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley and Stephen McHattie that give us good performances throughout. Brian Cox narrating is engaging throughout while Mark Gibson as our lead is good with all the bigger named actors.

StoryThe story here is a zombie one, which we have seen plenty off, but it does take place in a Civil War era, which is an original spin on it. We have the journey our hero goes on, a villain that would end it and as always someone looking for a cure. The story is also told in chapter as if it was read from a book and strangely the narration side of the story being told in more interesting than the acting side of everything unfolding.

HorrorThe horror is a zombie world where the humans seem to be the bigger enemy, which works but isn’t on the scary factor.

SettingsThe film is set in the Civil War era, so we don’t have big strong structures for safety we are in the woods with our characters needing to find a way to survive without the ammunition the modern zombie films would have.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well which is mostly practical as we see how the zombies are created to fit the time.


Scene of the Movie –
I liked how the opening was narrated to us.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does feel like a long movie, with the muted action sequences.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting take on the zombie genre, it places us into a different era with the same threat but does feel at times like it is being told as something one of the great poets would have written in the era.

 

Overall: This is an interesting if take on the genre even if slightly too slow.

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Hidden 3D (2011)

llogoDirector: Antoine Thomas

Writer: Alan Smithy, Alana Smithy (Screenplay) Mariano Baino, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni (Story)

Starring: Sean Clement, Simonetta Solder, Jordan Hayes, Jason Blicker, Bjanka Murgel, Devon Bostick, Alessia Agrosi, Allan Kolman, Dawn Ford

 

Plot: The scientist Susan Carter is researching the rehabilitation of addicts using an experimental drug in her rehab centre. After her death, her idle son Brian Carter is forced by his friend Simon to travel to the property that he had inherited. Brian and Simon travel with five other friends to the spot and they find that the center is actually an ancient monastery and they have to spend the night. Sooner they are murdered, one by one, by creepy creatures that live in the place.

 

Verdict: Nah

 

Story: We start with the over clichéd horror storyline or a child inheriting a property from a deceased parent to which they had a broken relationship with. What follows is a group of over the top stereotyped characters entering this haunted property in this case a hospital. The characters all have their own issues including a really annoying girlfriend/boyfriend who haven’t spoken and the whole but why along with a couple who love/hate each other. The twist coming you can see a mile off because it is literally force feed to you in the opening sequence. This ends up stealing from nearly every film that has used the base storyline and it have the 3D slapped on, well I missed any 3D action. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Clement: Brian Carter the son  who inherits the property and wants nothing to do with it, he reluctantly goes along to the property and ends up lost in the maze of secret passages with his friends as they all get separated and picked off one by one. Never really convinces in the lead role at any stage during the film. (3/10)

 

Simonetta Solder: Haley Gable caretaker of the property who invites Brian up to go through things after his mother’s death, also plays tour guide telling the group about what happened at the hospital. Has an air out mystery about her which you can tell early on that she might be important to what is going on. (3/10)

 

Jordan Hayes: Vicky ex-girlfriend of Brian who comes along not sure why but she does, spends most of the film moaning about not being called and does enough to make sure Brian risks everything to save her. Typical supporting girlfriend performance, she pushes our lazy hero to go out his way to save someone but only her. (3/10)

 

Director Review: Antoine Thomas – Really struggles to create any atmosphere throughout, but really doesn’t have too much to work with. (4/10)

 

Horror: Doesn’t create any real horror, little jump scares and no build to any incidents. (3/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t pull you in at all. (2/10)

Settings: Uses the isolation idea which is always good for a horror film. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Pretty bad special effects all CGI used with the creatures. (3/10)

Suggestion: This isn’t one to be watching; you have plenty of other films that are much more enjoyable. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Nothing

Worst Part: Everything

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

Overall: Terrible Horror

Rating15