Oct 28, 2013

Day 28: Salvage (2009)

Can a once-prolific blogger who hasn't written 31 posts all year find it in his soul to review 31 previously unseen horror films in 31 days of October? Let's find out...

I'm saving the one good horror flick available for rent on Amazon Instant for Day 31, so I'm back to the freebie (with subscription) offerings on Netflix. As a real low-budget British horror flick, Salvage got some decent reviews back when it first came out in 2009.

The action takes place around Liverpool where a shipping container has washed ashore leaving three dead bodies in it's wake causing speculation and fear within the community. What's in the box? What's in the boxxxxxxx?!? Ahem. A man is taking his 14-year old daughter to his ex-wife's home for the Christmas Holiday. She lives in a soon-to-be-isolated cul-de-sac. Lots of dashes right there for you. The angry young lady walks in on her mother having a shag and stomps off even angrier. Can't say I blame her, but nice body on the mum. I said it.

Soon we see military helicopters and special forces soldiers invade the neighborhood where they shoot a raving foreigner wielding a meat cleaver. Something is most definitely afoot in the cul-de-sac. And the mobile phone signals are all out. The street's residents are thinking terrorist attack or something, but none of it makes sense. What was in the the shipping container? Is it a virus, or maybe some kind of monster? We shall see.

I loved the homes with the connected attics in the film. That right there is some scary shit. Your next-door neighbor could literally kill you in your sleep by sneaking through your attic. Poor security feature.

All in all, a taut little horror film that ran by quickly at just 75 minutes. Great, if not original ending too. And fierce acting job all-around by Neve McIntosh as the mother. Dig,

Verdant Dude rating: 3 out of 5 pumpkins

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