Monday, April 27, 2009

PCP is not your friend

Perkins' 14 2009
Director: Craig Singer
Writer: Lain Shadgett
Starring Patrick O'Kane, Shayla Beesley, Mihaela Mihut and Richard Brake

The living zombie genre is a subject that has gotten very popular ever since Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, and though I disagree that they are zombie films as they are not the undead, it is still a viable and interesting subject for horror films, which I think Perkins' 14 mines quite well. It creates a tense and oppressive atmosphere throughout and reminds me both of Night of the Living Dead and Assault on Precinct 13. It is tense, gory and bleak as hell, which seems to be the norm for all of this years Afterdark Horrorfest films.
The plot setup is this, Dwayne Hopper (O'Kane) is a policeman in the small town of Stone Cove and he is still haunted by the disappearance of his son from 10 years ago. He is obsessed with it and it is driving a wedge in his family, his wife (Milhut) is sleeping around and his daughter Daisy (Beesley) is in full on Goth mode and trying to alienate everyone. He goes to do his shift at the police station and there is a man in the cell (Brake) and he has a weird way about him and Dwayne playing a hunch and investigates and discovers he is behind the 14 kidnappings from 10 years ago which included his son. He sends a friend to investigate the man's home and he is killed, so Dwayne goes to investigate and finds his friend dead and sees videos of these kids being brainwashed and drugged into psychopathic zombies. He kills Perkins but the zombies are still loose and are unstoppable. The rest of the story consists of Dwayne and his family trying to survive this savage onslaught of barbarity.
This was a tense little film. It was brutal and very gory at times. The direction was very good, as you always felt on the edge of your seat as you were watching it. The writing was good, you really felt for the characters especially Dwayne. The gore scenes were quickly edited but effective nonetheless. The acting was good especially O'Kane as Dwayne. You really felt his desperation as he tried to reach out and save his son. Brake as Perkins was great too, he had a real manic glee to his role which I really enjoyed. This was yet another one of the films that surprised me and its always good to be surprised when seeing a horror film. The ending was bleak and dark too, which I prefer in my horror films. This one gets a solid recommendation from me.
This one gets 3 neck twists out of 5

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