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13 Eerie – 5

Director – Lowell Dean

Cast – Katharine Isabelle, Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jesse Moss, Kristie Patterson, Michael Eisner, Lyndon Bray, Ryland Alexander, Jason Truong, Shannon Jardine

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I heard very conflicting remarks about 13 Eerie over these last few months and decided that I had to find out for myself. The remarks I kept hearing were “it’s horrible” and “it’s not as bad as people say it is”, so I did not go in expecting a solid effort. Also, Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) starring in the film may have had everything to do with why I gave this a shot, heh. After viewing this piece I can see how some would say it’s horrible, but it really is not THAT bad and I did feel the antagonists were used in an interesting fashion. 13 Eerie is not without many faults though, and is far from a good film that I would recommend.

Six forensic undergraduates partake in a grueling scientific expedition taught by the infamous Professor Michael Shanks. The study takes place on a deserted island that was once used for illegal biological experiments on life-term inmates, but has since been cleared…or so they thought. When the students come across extra cadavers that are not part of the experiment, they find themselves in a fight for their lives against the undead prisoners that were never killed off.

Aside from Katherine Isabelle what really interested me about this flick was its storyline. I liked the idea of forensic students partaking in a study where they come across cadavers in a film to mimic what real fieldwork will be like, and they do so under the grueling surveillance of Professor Shanks. Throw in the mystique surrounding the island and its terrifying past and you have a story that has my attention. It does not take long for the first horror to hit the screen at the 23-minute mark, and slowly but surely the film become more horrific than I had expected. The source of the horror lies in the remaining bodies of prisoners that were experimented on that were apparently never discarded and have now reanimated. There are not very many of these “zombies”, but they bring a hell of a punch with them so numbers are not very important in this case. These were not the usual slow moving zombies either, and nor were they the fast infected type, they were just…average and I found some relief in that. This did not slow them down when it came to the kills though, with the main zombie coming off much like Resident Evil: Apocalypse’s Nemesis but without the firepower. While the horror was good the rest of the film is not, and that comes from silly use of its characters, dialogue, and pacing, to name a few.

The direction helped in bringing the horror to life, and I am glad that the film’s resources went to its horror before anything else. The look of the zombies was different, and while I won’t say it was unique it worked in giving us something unlike the usual clichés – which I don’t necessarily mind. Anywho, the gore is good, plentiful, and comes via live action practical effects. I enjoyed the execution of the zombies and the horror they provided, and with a few good character performances (none were amazing) the cast at least played their role to the extent of not making the film any worse. The rest of the execution was pretty cheap and I think that is where a lot of the hate for the film lies, and rightfully so. The musical score is cheesy and the camerawork can be amateur at times and leave you wondering to yourself whey they chose to film certain scenes that way.

Overall, 13 Eerie lives up to its reputation of being a mixed back of feelings, but ultimately this is a film I would stay away from unless you are really bored, and even then there are better options out there.

Rating: 5/10

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