Antisocial (2014) Horror Movie Review
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Cody Calahan
Writers: Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan
Producers: Marina Cordoni, Christopher Giroux, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson
Date Released: January 28, 2014
Michelle Mylett as Sam Reznor
Cody Ray Thompson as Mark Archibald
Adam Christie as Jed Erickson
Ana Alic as Kaitlin Cosgrove
Romaine Waite as Steve McDonald
Ry Barrett as Chad Wilson
Eitan Shalmon as Brian
Laurel Brandes as Tara Reine
Rating = 2/5 Graves
The film is about five university friends who are at house party to ring in the New Year. Without their knowledge, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.
As expected in the zombie apocalypse, the infected people have blood about their faces and, if infected long enough, their heads explode. The uninfected people kill the infected people in very bloody ways. A lot of bloody crime scene like a man is shot in the head; a woman drills a hole in her head and cuts out an infection in an attempt to cure the virus. There is a scene of an infected man’s neck being drilled and a laptop is driven into his mouth. Very bloody indeed. A slideshow of gruesome and bloody crime scene photos are shown in a lecture hall, shards of metal impaled in heads, a plastic bag over a bloody head, etc.
The Grave Review
Antisocial (2014) is a solid indie horror/thriller riding on the popularity of social networking which has taken over the lives of pretty much every youngster on this planet, and regardless if we cradle a Facebook account or not, we all know what the deal is, and what the site has to offer. So to come up with a horror based on the effect social networking was bound to happen sooner or later.
The film is based on strong ground, but once the story starts to build and horror beings to happen, the narrative itself crumbles underneath the heap of clichéd, recycled material and illogical happenings that just seem rampant throughout the film, causing a chain of ineffective material which we have seen done better 100 time before. Antisocial isn’t completely a bad movie, the concept itself strikes ambition, but it’s unfortunate that the directorial decision to display a mix between Night of the Living Dead and Evil Dead, then to amp it up really failed itself, so what could have been something intense, fierce and fun, was instead serious, dull and lifeless. In the meantime, while waiting for something to happen, the film then comes to a sudden end, leaving you disappointed.
Antisocial (2014) inspires a strong narrative, but it’s bad acting, poor staging and undeveloped string of events stop the film from raising any tension or interest within the audience, making for a flat and lifeless social-media zombie flick.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Antisocial (2014) two graves out of five graves.
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