Actors: Josslyn DeCrosta, Erica Rhodes, David Lombard
Synopsis: A family decides to go to rural Ireland to get in touch with their Irish roots. What didn't expect was to stumble across a horde of bloodthirsty mutant children and a town that is determined to end the mutations by unnatural cleansing method.
I didn't know much of anything about this film prior to seeing it. I saw some photos, read the synopsis, and became intrigued. I didn't have much of any expectations when I entered the theater the night of the screening. Having no expectations was probably the best frame of mind I could have had going in because this film didn't do much to impress me. There were a great amount of problems that I was able to pick up on very early in the film and as the movie played out, the production never improved.
It was quite obvious that the film had been done by a relatively new cast and crew. The acting was bad, even for a horror flick. The camerawork was shaky almost anytime the camera wasn't standing still. This film contained some of the worst sound work that I've ever heard. Anytime an actor spoke over a normal talking voice the sound would get muffled. Then the ending happened. There was all this buildup and then when you thought something amazing would happen, you are delivered a giant dud.
The saving grace of the film comes in the form of the plot and the makeup. Plot-wise the writer and director are able to tell an interesting story. I was intrigued as the film played out regardless of the many elementary level film making that was being displayed. The makeup effects blew me away. Obviously with a low budget, computer generated graphics are going to be hard to come by. So instead they did what I respect and enjoy more, actual makeup effects. There is a good hanging by eye sockets that really impressed me. The FX crew has a lot of potential to go somewhere if they got their hands on a bigger bank account.
Not bad for a time killer but not something you need to rush out and see either. Normally I buy a few of the DVD's of the films I see at the Film Fest; this won't be one of those films. This is a film that shows the crew's potential but not much better than any student film I've seen. If you want to see what not to do as far as production goes for your first film, watch this.