Pandemic (2016, John Suits)
Zombie Outbreak, First Person Shooter, POV, etc.
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 6
Horror movies just love to test novel approaches to filming. It’s one of the greatest perks of a genre which really delights in B-grade movies: there’s enough spirit and ingenuity to try things, even when they don’t work out entirely. While the first person shooter approach to this movie was a little shaky and cumbersome at times, it was able to differentiate itself from found footage films by constantly shifting viewpoint, person to person. It at times became a little difficult to remember who I was following at any given time, but I didn’t mind it much. It was kind of a hoot to see people speaking directly to me, an experience not unlike playing a Resident Evil game. The movie has a lot of pros: desolate cityscape, decent acting, solid zombies - they didn’t overdo it on the makeup, which helped everything not look quite so fake or ridiculous. It helped that they expanded their description of what a “zombie” was into five different categories, allowing most of them to just look like bloodied people, but also allowing some variation and more fun. Many zombies are just sick people, able to still rationally think and set traps make things as tense as possible. The director kept the CGI light, which was great. There were some fake-looking fires and stuff, but not enough to make the whole movie look cheesy. I don’t know why anyone even really tries it anymore. Anyway. It has a lot of cons, too, and ended up being a bit of a crummy movie, again not able to keep its momentum and excitement beyond the first 45 minutes or so. Actually, I’d go so far as to say the last 25 minutes are nearly unwatchable. Anyway, it’s not the worst movie, when all is said and done, particularly since there are so many absolutely terrible movies. But I can’t say I’d actually recommend you watch it.
This was my favorite part of the movie:
“We have to find somewhere to hide, it’s almost dark. There will be 10 times as many in the dark.”
Cutscene to them wandering around outside at night.
I also like that at once point, they’re in a busted looking old sign shop, and the only sign still lit is one that says VAPE.