Monday, November 12, 2012

Creature of Darkness (2009)

Number Rolled: 63
Movie Name/Year: Creature of Darkness (2009)
Genre: Horror
Length: 80 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Mark Stouffer
Writer: Mark Stouffer
Actors: Devon Sawa, Danoe Lake, Matthew Lawrence, Siena Goines, Dan White, Kevin Alejandro, Jennifer Howie, Ryan Judd, Fernanda Romero, Phil Van Tee, Matt Lattimore, Ingrid Graham

According to the reviews on Netflix, this movie sucked. I don’t know. I didn’t really think it was all that bad to be honest. I mean, it’s B-movie. A VERY B-movie. In fact, I only added it to my instant queue because my love for Devon Sawa as an actor knows no bounds. However, if you go into this story knowing that it is indeed a B-movie, it is actually pretty good.

As with all B-movies the CGI is horrible. At one point, Devon’s character is standing in front of something and even Devon himself doesn’t look real. That’s talent, having CGI so bad that it makes the real stuff look fake. On top of that, when you’re looking at the alien in a full body shot or when he’s trying to be incognito, he looks ridiculous and the camera does this thing occasionally that allows you to see things from the alien’s perspective. Not a bad idea on paper, but the way they did it was rough. Whenever they go into that perspective it’s very difficult to make out the scene you’re trying to watch. Luckily, those scenes don’t last very long.

That being said, the close ups of the alien are phenomenal for a movie like this. I did really enjoy the plot, which was about an alien deemed a “collector” that goes around collecting the various “types” of humans as if they were insects being collected by an entomologist. The script itself wasn’t bad either. The main character starts off as this frightened coward and evolves through the course of the movie. I like that, because, quite frankly, if I was on a camping trip and randomly ran into a toothy alien that wanted to collect and kill me, I’d shit myself.

The actors did well. Not just my childhood choice of heart throb, Devon Sawa, but all of them. I was shocked to see Matthew Lawrence because I hadn’t seen him in anything since Boy Meets World. Sanoe Lake I’d only ever seen in Blue Crush and I HATED her in that. In this movie I found myself liking her more.

Long story short, I’d recommend this movie to someone who enjoyed B-movies in general, but no one else.

One question. Why is it that every single movie I’ve ever seen about aliens on earth (except maybe ET, but it’s been a while since I’ve see that) has the line “welcome to Earth” in it? Usually following some sort of violence. Is this something we should be worried about?

Overall Opinion – 3/5

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