THE PLOT THUS FAR
A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Trish and her brother Darry are coming home from college. As they drive through the countryside, a mysterious driver in a rusty old delivery truck tries to run them off the road. After letting the vehicle pass them, they later see the same truck, in the distance off the side of the road, with a hulking man sliding what looks to be bodies covered with blood stained sheets, into a large pipe sticking out of the ground next to an old, abandoned church. Darry insists they go back and investigate. At the bottom of the pipe, he finds hundreds of bodies sewn together, covering the walls of a massive cavern beneath the church.
Even though it is not strictly a teen horror, we still have to put up with two rather annoying teenagers in the lead role but I suppose that is to be expected from Salva – according to the courts he has worked with minors before! In fairness to both the actors in the lead roles, they do pretty well, managing to come across real when required but also seeming genuinely afraid. Both Phillips and Long were better than I expected and did well acting as the core of the film. The creature itself is also a good presence even if it does lose a little bit of its creepiness when the wings come out.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurettes, deleted/extended scenes and a trailer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track makes this movie come to life in a way I didn’t think possible. Plus, the 1080p transfer makes Florida look even murkier than ever. If you weren’t a fan in 2001, you won’t be a fan now. Still, it’s an amazing release and worth a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!