The October People know how to make a movie.
Not just any movie, but one that has a great story and keeps you interested from the moment you press play.
This at first worried me, it worried me thinking oh no, another Cabin in the Woods story. Although I enjoyed their last film 'The Invoking', I was hoping the whole cabin thing wasn't their go to thing.
Fortunately it soon moved on.
The sisters find some sort of a crash, broken pieces of an aircraft and a mysterious little black ball. For some reason the ball is taken back with them and one of the sister's fiance, Calvin, takes the ball back home with them and becomes very interested in it.
As Calvin tries to uncover its secrets, Rebecca tells the couple she isn't comfortable about having the ball around, they come to the conclusion that not knowing what it is, if it causes any danger, they get rid of it.
Of course things aren't that simple.
Abby begins to have crazy nightmares of something watching her, Calvin begins to get bad headaches from being around the ball, and Rebecca's frightening past comes to light.
The second half of the movie is a descent into madness for the three main characters, tense and atmospheric, leading to something that will stick in your heads for a long time.
I aren't to say any more of the plot as I'll end up ruining it, and believe me I want to ruin it for you as I want someone to talk to about it.
As with their previous movie, The October People have managed to do the incredible in finding the right actors. They don't only act well, but make you feel for them and they feel real.
The chemistry between them all is spot on, but having found out the the engaged couple on screen are married in real life, I can understand why. But then the same goes with Kate as Rebecca, impeccable.
David S. Hogan I have to particularly commend, as Calvin's obsession of the ball grows deeper, he plays the role perfectly and at one point even reminded me of a young Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster, Lost).
Although at points clichéd for an Alien film, such as blinding bright lights behind doors and windows, and car dashboards going haywire (only mentioned but still), it didn't bring anything truly new to the Alien genre, however fit in nicely and is definitely one of the better films in it.
Oh, before I rate the film, I have to tell you the one thing I was disappointed in:
The ending. Not because it was bad, quite the opposite, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I even almost shouted at the screen 'I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW!'
All in all, the film deserves a big
These filmmakers are going somewhere and I'm sure are going to make it big. Soon.
The world premiere is on September the 27th at the 2014 Local Sightings Film Festival, then screening at the 2014 Tacoma Film Festival on October 14th.
Before finally being released on DVD and VOD, December 16th.