Cast:Matt McCoy, Haley Joel, Christien Tinsley, Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Natalie Compagno, Karin Anna Cheung, Paul Gleason, Ashley Hartman, Rex Linn, Phil Morris, Tiffany Shepis
In a long line of B-movie crapfests delivered by the Sci-Fi Channel they actually get it right for a change by premiering a movie that seemingly doesn't suck. The film astonished all when it premiered on the channel back in May and proved that even if you take a over-used theme like a killer beast in the woods, you can still bring forth an interesting and original little gem. Abominable is the first feature film from newcomer Ryan Schifrin, who also wrote the script. Playing off the typical clichés we see time and time again in our beloved genre, Ryan somehow managed to deliver everything but predictability, and even adding a few creepy scenes here and there for added measure.
The film follows Preston Rogers as a man bound to a wheelchair after taking a spill off a mountain (where he lost his wife) during a routine climb many months prior. Preston returns to the cabin he once stayed in, hoping to have some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the hospital, but once there he notices a group of loud young girls looking to party in a nearby cabin, and through his peeping binoculars spies a stirring in the trees.
To his shock he catches a glimpse of a large figure seemingly watching on as the girls settle in. Paranoia consumes him as the curious man continues to watch the woods until that following night when he witnesses one of the girls get taken into the woods by a mysterious figure. Could it be the legendary beast whom some consider the missing link? Whatever it is, the man feels it's his responsibility to warn the girls before they too become the creature's main course.
The first half of the film seems like a homage to Hitchcock's classic Rear Window, playing off chills and suspense through the eyes of binoculars, while the other half revolves around the survival of the remaining characters. The fact that our lead is bound to a wheelchair makes things much more interesting since he's only limited to a certain amount of things and creates some decent tension when called for. Of course the movie doesn't shy away from the nudity and gore. Although it was obviously cut from the broadcast premiere, the R-rated version will feature a nice close-up of a very naked Tiffany Shepis in the shower and a couple awesome (and gory) death scenes. Excellent. Expect to catch this baby uncut on DVD October 3rd this year.
To my surprise this film was actually pretty good, thanks to the good writing and directing efforts from first-timer Ryan Schifrin. If you're looking for a smart monster flick with a little edge on a low-budget then check this out.
|Posted on June 5, 2010 - 10:43pm | FrighT MasteR|