Thursday, 22 March 2012

DVD review: Necrosis (2009)

In 2009, six friends arrive at an isolated cabin to enjoy a long weekend in the snow. An epic snowstorm interrupts their vacation, trapping them on the mountain and resurrecting the haunting ghosts of the Donner Party. But, are they true 'entities' or is it simply 'cabin fever' that brings out their fears and darkness, causing friends to turn against each other as reality deteriorates around them. Necrosis is written robert Michael Ryan and Jason Robert Stephens who also is the director. The acting is average, there is nothing wrong with the plot but the pacing is too slow which probaby will put many viewers off. Nicely shot and edited and the scenary is beautiful. The setting  (an isolated cabin in a snow storm) is very nice. Gorehounds should note that there is not a lot of gore, it´s more a horror thriller in the vein of The Shining (1980) which I´m sure has been the main source of inspiration, there's a couple of brief moments of cannibalism and a few gunshots. The special fx are decent, the use both practical fx and some CGI (mainly for to create snowflakes falling from the sky).
Fans of t & a will be pleased to know that there is nudity courtesy of  Kymberly Jane.
This review is based on the UK region 2 DVD release by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment which has the title Blood Snow. I´m not a hundred percent sure that it´s uncut as according to IMDB the film should have a running time of 90 minutes, according to the running time of the unrated region 1 release is 80 minutes and on the back cover of the region 2 UK release it is stated as 78 minutes which according to the BBFC website has been passed with no cuts made. 
Rating: 2½ out of 7. Necrosis is ok but it´s not scary at all, there´s no real suspense and the pacing is a bit slow.


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