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* Commentary by writer/director Richard Jefferies and stars Johnathon Schaech and Erica Leerhsen
* Spanish and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
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The basic story is that a biological weapon is unwittingly released in the American Southwest (these things always happen in or around the desert dontchyaknow?). Escaping from its confines the titular organism which looks like fleshy ropes seems unstoppable! Boring through concrete, steel, traveling underground....it doesn't seem like there is any way to stop this creepy menace as it bores into and feeds on anything in its path.
I liked the "monster" in this creature feature, it acted in a similar fashion to "The Blob"...only much quicker, and more aggressive in tracking its meals.
The special effects are a notch above Sci-Fi Channel produced movies, and the cast is made up of your typical b-movie horror character actors, but they do a good job with the what they are given.
If you are in the mood for a fun little sci-fi/horror ride, and don't mind direct to DVD effects and some loopy plot holes, give "Organizm" a shot, it's a fun 90 minutes.
It's obvious that Syfy was ambivalent about it too, as the movie was later released on DVD as Organizm. With a "z," which isn't much better than Living Hell and just makes it look like Syfy doesn't know how to spell "organism."
But the naming difficulties suit the movie, which is difficult to quantify. Although there technically is a monster, it's a living cancer. And if you look at it that way, Living Hell is a manifestation of our worst fears about inheriting our parents' genetic abnormalities. If your dad gets cancer, you could get it too!
Frank Sears (Johnathon Schaech) is the child of a terrible legacy; his mother forced him to memorize a message before murdering his adopted father and killing herself. Haunted by the message, Sears panics when he discovers a military base is about to be torn down - the same base alluded to by his mother. So doing whatever it takes, Frank breaks into the base to warn the Army: DON'T GO IN THE BASEMENT!
Which they do. Of course.
Leading the expedition to decommission the base is wife-and-husband team Carrie (Erica Leerhsen) and disabled Glenn (Jason Wiles) Freeborn under the command of Col. Erik Maitland (James McDaniel). Things go south almost instantly as Sears' real father is discovered, a floating corpse in a tank of full of formaldehyde. The organism (or is it organizm?) feeds on energy and instantly grows like a giant, malignant tumor once it is in the military's lights. In the span of a few minutes, the entire base along with Carrie's husband is overrun.
The military is in retreat. Their inevitable response is a standard horror movie trope: nuke it from orbit.Read more ›
Back in 1959, ten-year-old Frank Sears' kooky mother conveyed a very important message to her son, going so far as to carve that message into the palms of his hands in what would be the final moments of her life. 33 years later, Frank, now a biology teacher in New Jersey, drives all the way to Fort Lambert in an effort to convey that message to those in charge. Having learned that the fort was being torn down, he feels duty-bound to warn them not to disturb whatever is hidden in a secret area of the camp. Naturally, the military folks check the area out, gain access to the secret vault, and seriously disturb the thing they discover there. Before you can say Jack Sprat, this Organizm wakes up and starts spreading - very quickly. It has these octopus-like appendages that spread everywhere like wildfire, destroy anything - and anyone - it comes in contact with. The military evacuates to a local town and sets up a command center. None of their weapons are of any use against the rapidly growing creature, but those in the chain of command pursue a contain and destroy strategy against it. Meanwhile, Specialist Carrie Freeborn (Erica Leerhsen), whose job it is to dispose of hazardous materials, defies orders and teams up with Frank, convinced he is somehow the key to understanding and thereby stopping the monster.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Story was pretty good. Special effects were not so good. Acting could have been better.Published 4 months ago by Connie J Smith
I did not like this movie. I felt that it did not have a good plot and it appeared to be cheaply made. I did not even look at the entire move. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dwayne
The story is primitive, disconnected from any kind of reality. The scenes also do not withstand any critics. Full of stereotypes.Published on June 5, 2013 by MB
I liked this moviei would recommend this movie.. It had some really good special effects. The Colorado. was good and the vocals were clear.Published on May 10, 2013 by pat1967
Sometimes I have to shake my head at the reviews here. I almost never leave comments on anything but this one warranted a response:
Don't see this movie unless you have... Read more
It is a good laugh if you like cheesy horror movies. If you are looking for a solid story line or great special effect look elsewhere. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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