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Unearthed (After Dark Horrorfest)

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A vicious creature that's been trapped for 900 years, gets unearthed during an archeological dig in the middle of a desolate town. As the carnage escalates, the local sheriff and a group of stranded civilians must find a way to destroy the creature that only has one mission - complete annihilation.

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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Luke Goss, Beau Garrett, Deborah Offner, Mark Kelly
  • Directors: Matthew Leutwyler
  • Writers: Matthew Leutwyler
  • Producers: D.J. Marini, Francey Grace, Julie Sandor, Jun Tan, Michael 'Spike' Van Briesen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127RAIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2008
Format: DVD
After watching three of this year's After Dark Horrorfest films it's very apparent that this year's batch is a few cuts below last year's and Unearthed does nothing to raise the grade. An archaeological dig in a remote New Mexico town releases a creature that's been trapped for 900 years and it soon begins preying on the town's residents and the only road out of town has been blocked by a fuel tanker accident. Hmm, small desert town, residents trapped, a creature feasting on them...yeah, seen it before. It was called Tremors and it was vastly superior.

The town's regular residents include alcoholic sheriff Annie Flynn (Vaugier), Rancher Rob Horn (Gainey) Scientist Nodin and her grandfather (Means). A few passing motorists also find themselves trapped in the little town, all there to buy gas from the service station run by Grandpa. As Nodin tries to analyze the creature's alien DNA and find a means to kill it, Sheriff Flynn attempts to keep the rest of the survivors alive and one step ahead of the beast. I'd love to tell you what the creature looks like but that's somewhat difficult. We get only fleeting glimpses of the thing as it dashes by the camera. On top of that, much of the film takes place at night with those green glow sticks as the only source of illumination. It sort of looks like the Xenophobes from "Aliens" but done in poor CGI. Director Leutwyler borrows liberally from numerous other films including Descent, Relic, and Reeker. In fact you'd be hard pressed to find one original idea in the entire film.

Nodin eventually figures out some sort of voodoo scientific solution about the characters DNA and making a poison from uranium but by that time, I was nodding off and only wanted the film to come to a merciful end.
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And I actually have watched it twice and would watch it again. I saw things in it the second time around that I didn't see in the first viewing. I am particularly intrigued by the use of darkness and light in the movie. Another element that stood out in the second viewing was the abuse of an American Indian girl by a white man, which is a real problem on Indian reservations. That incident acts as a kind of foreshadowing of the ultimate doom carried out by the creature. Of course, this is often a theme in "monster" moves--that these monsters are some kind of divine retribution for or manifestation of the meanness of humans. It is always interesting to see which characters actually make it through the movie to the end. This movie ended somewhat differently than might be expected.

Finally, the movie has two of my favorite actors: Russell Means and Emmanuelle Vaugier. Because Russell Means has now passed, seeing him in any movie is a treat. And Emmanuelle Vaugier just has an intriguing look in every part that I have seen her in. I found the acting to be quite entertaining. As with many movies, most characters are stereotypes. And this movie may have a bit of tongue-in-cheek associated with the genre. But the lines were delivered in a believable way: The actors sounded like they were actually talking to each other and not just reciting lines.

If you like monster movies and have an hour and a half to spare, I recommend that you check this out. It is definitely action packed and has some interesting characters to boot. By the way, the movie was filmed in Utah.
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By Meg Yerdon on February 20, 2015
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A bit on the B side, fun if you enjoy pointing out plot holes... but watchable. Creature effects interesting. Can't say too much without giving away a spoiler. Something to watch on a date if you might get distracted by smooching, yet don't want to be lost when you turn your eyes back to the screen... ;)
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This was a fun rental, great for an evening home alone - more like something you'd find amongst the crop of SyFy Channel movies - very low budget, but they make the most of it. The lead character, the sheriff, is particularly compelling in a lighthearted kind of way, as an alcoholic in a dead-end, thankless job in a backwater small town. I think this one's worth the price of a rental, though not an outright purchase, as I wouldn't watch it again unless it comes to Amazon Prime. No, not many scares or thrills, but enough gore and other apsects that make it an overall worthwhile viewing.
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With a plot like "werewolf" (1995) , it was bound to be awful. It lacked Joe Estevez, which would have improved this movie.
It's basically "Alien"'s attempted knock-off . The plot is almost non-existent.
Summary: A sheriff finds out that a gas truck on it's way to a reservation is attacked, nobody knows why, an archeologist does, because he dug up the body of an alien.
A botanist examines the blood found at the truck's crime scene and notices that this creature has all 5 (maybe six) types of living organisms stored up. Creature attacks, "mayhem" ensues.
The creature is decent looking, the cast is unlikable, like seriously, you like "Grandpa" but he dies, and you miss him, but with how often they mention him, you stop missing him.
I watch bad horror movies, this is what i do, it's the worst of the after dark horror's that came out during this movie's release.
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