"Mulberry St." DVD
Well, this is it, kids...the
end of the road. A kind of zombie movie, which means it's my greatest
hope for the entire After Dark Horrorfest. And while the dystopian
thrills of "Tooth And Nail" proved definitely to be
top of the heap, will "Mulberry Street" manage to take
Or will this zombie
flick prove as rotten as the corpses?
While watching, in
the opening minutes, I was quite thoroughly prepared to lambaste
this sucker for being slow to start. In a movie with a run time
as slim as "Mulberry Street"'s is, a slow minute can't
be spared. Small run times require fast pacing, and one wasted
minute is a minute no one can afford. But thankfully, they keep
the pace going with plenty of interesting surprises, as well as
a nice look at just how bad things can get when you've got a whole
lot of people in one confined space.
In other words, when
things get real bad--be it a rat attack or Zombie Apocalypse or
what have you, New York City is not where you want to be.
Perhaps what's most
interesting about "Mulberry Street" is that it's basically
a kind of Rat / Chud Apocalypse. I know how ludicrous that sounds,
but when you see it, you'll understand in horrifically clear detail
how true it is. Watching news reports intermingle with the actual
bloodsport on the streets gives the whole an almost surrealistic
sense. As the trains stop running and the arc-sodiums lose their
glow, the city begins to crumble in this jangled-nerve sort of
affair. It's amazing, really. It's a slow-motion train wreck,
a cacophony at thirty-three and a third, and eminently watchable.
The ending is fairly
well standard for this sort of movie, with a whole lot of good
guys down and the whole attack problem less than resolved. But
still, it ends solidly enough so there's no reason to complain.
The special features
are surprisingly extensive, including storyboards, deleted scenes,
outtakes, early sketches, a behind the scenes featurette, makeup
tests, visual effects tests, audio and video options, plus Spanish
subtitles and English subtitles and closed captions.
All in all, a nicely
done bit of near-Zombie Apocalypse by "Mulberry Street",
and definitely worthy of a top ranking. Arguably the best of the
'07 Fest, it may be tough to say "Manhattan's being attacked
by rat people", but it's definitely not tough to watch!
Directed by Jim Mickle
Written by Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Starring Nick Damici, Kim Blair, Ron Brice, Bo Corre
Produced by Linda Moran, Adam Folk
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