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Overrated Shocker With A Few Intelligent Nuances
on February 14, 2018
This movie has nothing new to show you, but its economical and ruthlessly efficient. Director Eric England claims that no one has ever made a zombie movie with an STD zombie virus. That may be true, but his movie doesn't turn into a zombie movie until its final 10 minutes. So it really is more of a body horror movie.
One strength is that England doesn't spend too much time on the origin or nature of the virus. He understands that the unknown is far scarier than a clinical and detached description. Another strength is that the exceedingly immature young woman near the end begins to love herself and her faults. She accepts who she is. At one point she starts to fix her hair in front of a mirror, with peeling skin and bloody eyeballs and all. No way would I argue that this movie is on the same level as Cronenberg's The Fly or Haynes's Safe, but this sudden jolt of intelligence is very rare in a low-budget shocker. I also felt the non-ending that everyone is complaining about is actually well-judged. We've seen so many zombie movies that we can fill in the rest of plot after Townsend's character attacks her mother. Instead of a fade-to-black, England gives us a quick cut to black. That's all she wrote.
The rest of the movie, sorry to say, is standard stuff. Gross-out highlights include a grub-infested uterus. The scenes including the gynecologist are rudimentary, boring, and so unbelievable that they probably could have been edited out. Caroline Williams is effective as the mother, but her character flip-flops too much between intolerant Bitch Mom and matronly tough love. England indulges in some tedious flower symbolism that either is confusing or else cluttered and unnecessary.
IFC is putting a lot of support behind this movie, and it's been selling for very high prices for over a year. You do get a lot of extras such as interviews with the cast and crew. They're all very informative and take you into the process of what it was like to be on the set during production.