Friday, January 25, 2019

Blood, Sweat and Terrors – review

Directors: Adam and Joe Horton (segment)

Release date: 2018

Contains spoilers

This is yet another anthology film, with a general view to action/horror but also having a wonderfully Lovecraftian/surreal edge to the opening film. Which is all well and good, but that isn’t our vampire moment.

Now I say vampire, but it isn’t... not really... but it certainly could be classed as zompire, as we’ll see, and is entitled Get Some.

There is an opening narration by Oliver Boot in which we discover that the world had been gripped by a pandemic virus. The virus would cause the infected to mutate into a mindless, violent creature known as outsiders or outties. Humanity in many places fought back and forced the outties back – despite the bite and infect rule being evident – taking cities back and barricading themselves in. All this turns out to be the intro for the show Get Some.

Get Some follows Hunter (Warren Brown, Byzantium) as he goes on outtie hunts with his director, Lisa (Anna Skellern), camera operator BJ (Steve Smith) and the sound guy Mike (Kieran O'Connor). All the sound guys are referred to as Mike and not one has survived a show. This time the format is a little different as they have gone into the wilderness, where the outties hold sway, and they have a guest – pro-outtie rights scientist Dr. James Borans (John Hannah, Dirk Gently’s Holistic detective Agency). Borans believes the outties are not as mindless as believed and that they need pity and help, not eradication.

Out in the field they get an inkling that Borans might be right when Hunter falls into a pit trap the outties have set and soon they are under attack – will the knowledge that Borans is right do them any good? Will they even survive? On the face of it this seems pretty much infected/zombie standard fair. The pit shows some level of reasoning but generally they just run out of the woods and attack. However they do have definitive elongated canines and this helps push them over to zompire in my book. As for the short, well it works for what it is… there is much more that could have been done in a longer (and higher budget) format but it does what it says on the tin with a wink and a hi-de-ho. 6 out of 10 for this segment specifically.

The imdb page is here.

On DVD @ Amazon US

On DVD @ Amazon UK

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