Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 9 (2012 short film)

Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a huge supporter of independent horror.  There is no movie I won't watch, and review objectively, of course ;)  I haven't reviewed too many short films, but I got hooked up with Day 9 through a friend and I'm happy to check it out.  This film is brought to us by up and coming New Jersey filmmaker Tom Ryan.

It's important to take independent and low-budget films with a grain of salt, as I feel many reviewers do not.  Just like The Scream Queen isn't as slick, awesome, and full of up to date information as Dread Central, independent films can't rival the effects of a Michael Bay film.  I really enjoy the grittiness and creativity of an independent film more than the theater-run movies anyway.

Day 9 is basically about the first nine days of a zombie apocalypse, like a scaled-down 28 Days Later.  A couple, Tom and Melanie, are excited to spend a weekend alone while their kids are with the grandparents.  Unfortunately, this weekend is the beginning of a zombie infection, and subsequent apocalypse.  Tom and his wife must fight to survive an invasion that they are very much unprepared for.

I've played a zombie before in an independent show, and I know how hard it is to stay energetic and in character.  The zombies in this movie were really into it and made for some good action shots.
The sound in this movie was actually pretty great for an indie, and I liked the background rock music (provided by Tom's band, Vlad the Inhaler). The only thing that was a little tough on my ears (and laptop speakers) was the kind of grinding/alarm-y interlude sound, which I think they could have dropped.

I liked this flick overall and it worked really well as a short instead of a full length movie.  Everything was really blue-collar realistic, instead of people that are randomly armed to the teeth once the zombie apocalypse hits.  I can't say I was in love with the ending (I would have rather been left hanging a bit) but I'm looking forward to seeing more from this independent filmmaker.