A Decent Addition to the Genre
I read all the reviews here...went into the watching of this film withthe knowledge that, yes, it's low budget...yes, the actors arevirtually unknown...yes, it's a B Horror Gore Fest. I was expecting theworst. (Great DVD Cover, by the way.) Despite all of that, this film isnot a total train wreck. I even enjoyed it. The story line is prettyclear...straight forward. The special effects are very effective, gore,blood-vomiting and gut-eating at all the right spots. If you are a truefan of that sort of thing...this film delivers.
I've watched many badly made films and usually, when they are totaltrain wrecks, you can't get past a certain point in the film.Eventually, you just stop watching or eject the DVD. That neverhappened with this one. It piqued my interest from beginning to end. Iwanted to see what was going to happen next. Yes, the acting wasn'tfirst rate, but it was good enough to move the film along nicely.
My biggest complaint is the lighting. It was too dark, too often. Theyused a very greenish filter on most of the scenes and sometimes it wasdistracting. When you notice the lighting effects too much...it can'tbe good. Also, the warden's young son wasn't as believable as he couldhave been. When their are limb-ripping, blood-covered, shriekingzombies running in every direction...you expect fear in a little kid.Instead, he mostly just stands there, looking like he was waiting fordirection from the director.
So, I went in expecting the worst...and came away with an entertaining80-something minutes. I liked it despite the flaws.
I would also like to say that I rented two films last night: Thisone...and The Da Vinci Code. I couldn't make it through the Da VinciCode. This one had me entertained through the entire film. Kudos to thefilmmakers. Keep pumping out these gore-fests. The fans are waiting. ;)