Infestation (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy / Horror
First Look Studios || R - 93 minutes - $24.98 || October 13, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-10-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kyle Rankin
Writer(s): Kyle Rankin (written by)
Cast: Chris Marquette, Ray Wise, Kinsey Packard, Brooke Nevin, Wesley Thompson


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Digital Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

As the resident horror reviewer of this here website, itís my pleasure to bring you this review of Infestation, a straight-to-DVD horror/comedy film that not only spooked me a few times but also made me chuckle. I must honestly say that the streak of crappy horror films has finally been broken by this one, and Iím happy to let you know this is well-worth a purchase based on the film alone.

Cooper (Chris Marquette) is waking up in a cocoon of webbing, trying to remember what happened to him. He recalls walking into work late while getting berated by his father Ethan (Ray Wise) and also getting hit by a car. He goes into work and is yelled at and nearly fired by his boss Maureen (Deborah Geffner) when a loud screeching noise happens and he falls asleep. Itís been days later he realizes since that experience, so he quickly unwraps the cocoon and sees what is causing the infestation of his work place: a giant beetle-like creature. The beetles are trying to take over the work place and he manages to fight it off. He helps out Maureen and the two head outside to find her daughter Sara (Brooke Nevin) who is outside in a car. A flying beetle kidnaps Maureen but Sara and Cooper make it back to the location safely.

After unwrapping and fighting off a few more beetles, a group of survivors has now formed in an attempt to battle the giant bugs and save themselves from being eaten by them. The group has no idea what is going on in the area, but when a few decide to leave in a truck and are brutally killed by the bugs, itís clear that they need to learn more about the bugs to survive. Itís now up to the remaining few survivors to figure out what the bugs are doing here on earth, how to fight them off, and oh yeah develop a love story between Cooper and Sara that melts your heart and mind at the same time.

I really liked this movie, and not just for the random killings that seemed to happen. There are a few jump moments that even caught me off-guard, which is a huge shock to me and anyone who reads my horror reviews frequently. I almost never get scared by a film (not really scared, but make a slight jump from my comfy couch) and this one got me at least two or three times in a matter of its runtime. There are also some hilarious moments, one that deals with Ethanís dog goes missing and his reaction once he wakes up that is truly hilarious. Another deals with a fake axe, and more and more I could talk about but donít want to spoil them all for you.

The disappointing part of this movie comes from the fact it takes a while to get going, about thirty minutes, and once it does it never really goes anywhere. Too much time is spent on some of the minor characters that just plain suck and their endings didnít make much sense either. Speaking of endings, the ending to this flick made me cry. No, itís not sad, itís just stupid. It tries to end on a light note that makes you wonder what happens next, but overall it left me disappointed that the film ended the way it did. Besides my few minor gripes about it, Infestation is still a phenomenal movie in both the horror and comedy genre.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Kyle Rankin: Rankin flies solo on this amazing track, where he talks about everything there is to know about the film. He points out the technical aspects, the problem with the webbing, and some fun facts about the cast. I highly suggest a listening to of this track if you enjoyed the film as much as I did.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are bright and ripe with detail, which was a huge surprise to me. Most of the horror and comedy films I see could only wish to look as good as this one does. Colors arenít too bright though and never cloud the image in anyway. Detail is also perfect for this flick, as every character looked pretty much how they should for the most part. Reminder, I said pretty much. There were some issues with flesh tones not looking decent, mainly in terms with instead of them looking peach they turned out to be green or yellow. There were also some issues with contrast and grain, which in the dark scenes towards the end of the film did tend to overpower the screen.

The Digital Surround 5.1 track that comes with the film is just as good as the video in terms of quality. Surround usage isnít necessarily the best, as at times sounds that should have came from the surround ended up out of the front speakers, but overall the sound came from proper directions. At times even I jumped once or twice from the loud noises that were in the film, so that says a lot. Dialogue itself was loud and booming, but at times it did fall a bit short in some scenes in comparison to the rest of the flick.



.::OVERALL::.

Infestation is a phenomenal horror and comedy movie bundled into one package. The film has a few scare moments that are meant to be more of a joke than anything serious so anyone can really enjoy this one. The technical aspect is well-above average for a straight-to-DVD release, and even though all it comes with is a commentary itís still a great one to listen to. This definitely deserves a purchase for those who want to watch a scary yet comedic film. Iím sure you wonít mind this flick infesting your collection.