You know, putting in
"Unearthed" was a real on-the-fence moment for me. It
had a really overdone plot...but how would it watch? And when
I found out how it watched, I definitely got my money's worth.
As for the plot, well,
it's simple monster-movie kind of stuff: a monster trapped underneath
a small, middle-of-nowhere burg for nine hundred years (somehow,
they KNOW it's been nine hundred years) has just been unearthed
and, somehow, awakened. It runs amok in said small town and only
the local sheriff and some stranded folks passing through are
left to deal with the problem.
See what I mean? Total
ops-standard monster movie. Which of course leaves me wondering
just how THIS got into the After Dark Horrorfest, a sentiment
I've expressed a couple times throughout this series. This is
supposed to be the place for legendary, weapons-grade horror that
you can't see just anywhere because it's too good and too graphic
for normal theatres. But with "Unearthed", I'm halfway
through the series and really, really starting to doubt this one.
Ah, but there will
be some intriguing and redeeming features in this one--the small
town will be suddenly fenced in by forces beyond its control,
essentially turning this desolate burg into a very tightly packed
survival horror scenario.
I've said it before
but it will bear repeating forever--bad plot cannot be saved by
any kind of execution, but "Unearthed" will prove beyond
doubt that a sad, mediocre retread of a plot can be made into
a fantastic movie if you go all-out on execution.
This may be "just
another monster movie", if you look at it elementally. But
when you consider HOW they put it together, it's going to be one
of the best monster movies you've ever seen. Bar none. It will
somehow, despite logic and common sense, manage to be a scary
monster movie, and movies like that do NOT come along just every
Definite kudos are
due to "Unearthed" for its scathing pace, tense moments,
and surprises along the way.
The ending will be
a lot like the rest of the movie--par for the course, strictly
normal, and absolutely ferocious.
The special features
are limited to Miss Horrorfest Content Webisodes and English and
All in all, it's downright
unbelievable that these guys took what should have been a movie
so dull that it put people to sleep and turned it into a nightmarish
experience laced so deeply with adrenaline you could use it in
place of a defibrillator.
Directed by Matthew Leutwyler
Written by Matthew Leutwyler
Starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, Luke Goss, Charlie Murphy, Beau Garrett
Produced by Francey Grace, Miranda Bailey, Jun Tan, D.J. Marini
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