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Necrosis (2009)

Necrosis movie

Writers – Robert Michael Ryan and Jason Stephens
Director – Jason Stephens
Runtime – 77 minutes
Unknown Productions Incorporated
Brink DVD

With a synopsis which sounds a little like “Dead Snow”, minus the location and Nazis, this also finds a small collective deep in the Nevada wilderness; the Sierra mountains to be more precise. Tiffany (yes, the pop star from way back) heads the cast. Thankfully, she doesn’t sing but strangely she does show her acting prowess to be some of the least annoying here. Michael (I was in “The Hills Have Eyes”) Berryman makes an appearance along with a warning which our “happy campers” (roughin’ it in a fully stocked and electric powered cabin) choose to ignore.

(trailer courtesy of HOrrors)

The movie progresses, night falls but not quite as intensely as the storm. And the snow, as it so often does, becomes a major issue. Hallucinations plague a few within the collective and around the same time a body is found. A frozen dead body (obviously, as this wouldn’t be nearly as exciting a story as promised on the box art). But it gets better yet. Nightmares occur and become increasingly more vivid as the film progresses. And consumption of copious amounts of wine leads to a pair of strangers teasing each other to the point of ‘blue balls’ possibly being added to this film’s description. Cut to various flashbacks of the Donner Party Massacre (which took part in the same hills as featured here only about a hundred years previous) folders overflowing with clippings based on the same and this features predictability factor leaps into stratospheric heights.

michael berryman in necrosis

A cabin. In the woods. you say?

Although predictable the film displays a somewhat promising nature. The atmosphere is plentiful, the surroundings picturesque, the cinematography top notch and the soundtrack effectively sinister. The films location adds to its desperation/isolation aura pulling the viewer in much like, but not nearly as effectively, as Kubrick’s “The Shining”.
Paranoia, anxiety and obsession drench the second half of the films narrative and divide the isolated cast, eventually  bringing secrets to the surface (admittedly assorted details which probably should have been divulged before the excursion into no-man’s land was planned). The films finale pits the mechanics of a 65′ Mustang against a 67′ and a fractured psyche against the determination of an enigmatic…

Necrosis and Penny vitale

Penny Vital plugs one of George Stults’ many holes

Yea. I’m not going to ruin it.
In conclusion and sans dropping more spoilers than I already have Necrosis isn’t actually that shabby. But, it could he better. It isn’t original, it often bears a made for TV vibe and dives into undeniably predictable depths. Furthermore, it has a string of loose ends which need tidying up. The gore quotient is minimal. The words ‘uncut and unrated’ are front and center on the features cover which obviously invites interest (for those viewers like myself who adore plenty of grisly stuff) though also eliciting controversy as IMDB quotes the running time as (80 minutes) which is considerably longer than displayed here (77 minutes).

necrosis alternate cover #2

one of many alternate covers and titles available

one of many alternate covers and titles available
Among the films finer points are the inclusion of Tiffany as part of the cast (am I alone in wondering what happened to her? Probably) and the utilization of the delectable Penny Vital as Megan. Naturally a spot of random nekkidness helps and the surroundings are captured wonderfully, but all in all this is missing that certain something which might propel it into more remarkable realms. Necrosis is a prime example of a feature which tries but unfortunately doesn’t quite succeed, even though it was lauded with numerous awards upon the festival circuit.