Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Surviving Evil (2009)
Directed By: Terence Daw (Emmerdale: Revenge)
Looks like I'm taking a trip to a jungle infested with some strange vampire like creatures for Surviving Evil! Also Billy Zane is here as well and as long as I'm not watching him on a sinking Ship I am holding out a great hope for this one!
A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
It you're looking for a way to describe this movie I'd say it is kinda what you'd get if Cannibal Holocaust and The Descent had a baby only it's a bastard baby and the cannibals are flying vampire monkeys. If that sounds good to you then by all means give this one a go.
The only real beef I have with Surviving Evil is it's one of those that starts off really strong with the opening then lays low for a bit too long before it picks back up. That being said after you hit the around 45 minutes mark it gets pretty fast paced and interesting up until the end.
A bright spot in this film for me was Billy Zane who plays Sebastian 'Seb' Beazley, the man that everyone is in the jungle to film. He plays a pretty entertaining stiff in this thing, and while I say he's for sure a stiff he's a very witty one with some dry humor.
Some parts of the film are just silly, like one of the crew members just tagging along to find gold (for a good cause) all the while knowing of what is there and not telling anyone else but one person who then foolishly keeps her mouth shut. That however in most horror films is to be expected, but one thing done really right is that the character development goes over so well you're not sure who will make it and who won't and that always helps.
The gore we get is also pretty cool as I just wish at time the camera wasn't fast cutting so much so we could truly see what is going on. On top of that some scenes are so dark you can't tell what the heck is happening on the screen. But over all you could find yourself enjoying this film regardless, you just have to wait a bit to get to the good stuff.
Not too shabby at all here but far from anything you'll probably remember after watching. I'd say it's for sure worth a rent and a good way to kill an hour and a half. The comparisons to the Descent from me stand but it's more like Descent Lite than full on heart-stopping like that movie was.
But good none the less.
The Rating (6/10)