Blu-ray Review: FERAL

FERAL was directed by Mark H. Young from a screenplay he co-wrote with Adam Frazier and stars Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi, Renee Olstead, Brock Kelly, Landry Allbright, George Finn and Lew Temple.

Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? Or b) kill her before she kills you? That’s the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong. One by one, each falls victim to the “feral” disease, until only Alice (Scout Taylor-Compton) and Jules (Olivia Luccardi) — two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship — are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They’ve got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive in this grisly blend of survival thriller and contagion shocker.

The movie follows a group of college friends, Alice (Scout Taylor-Compton), Jules (Olivia Luccardi), Brienne (Renee Olstead), Jesse (Brock Kelly), Gina (Landry Allbright), and Matt (George Finn) who go camping out in the woods where they share uninteresting conversations and trade terrible dialogue about themselves until they start getting attacked by a horde of undead creatures. Haven’t we learned anything about going camping in the woods yet? I guess not because this camping trip was supposed to be a fun getaway but it ends up turning into a nightmare.

What happens is, they end up meeting Talbot (Lew Temple), an older man who shows up just in the nick of time and invites them back to his cabin in the woods where they think they’ll be safe from the creature’s attacks. Talbot shares a little information about what’s actually going on but he has some ulterior motives at play and a big secret he’s keeping from them. The friend’s temporary safe haven ends up becoming a terrifying dead zone for them as they continue their fight for survival when the mysterious creatures start attacking them again and infects them one by one.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I went into Feral expecting a little more out of this outbreak creeper but all I got was a movie with some bad writing and unnecessary agendas. The cast features genre favorites Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi and Lew Temple who always plays a great villain. The movie does feature a strong female lead that’s played by Scout Taylor-Compton. We get plenty of horror movies that follows a group that goes into the woods so there’s nothing really original here. To top that off there’s also a cabin in the woods and we all know how that always turns out. Now, this virus that’s going around in the woods is the highlight of the movie because the infected ends up looking like a cross between the creepy cool vampires from The Strain and ravaging zombies and I thought the make up effects looks fantastic. There’s also a lot of blood and gore to go with the special effects and all of this does help with the movie’s flaws a bit even though it’s really not enough to bail it out completely. As bad as the writing is, I did like the way Mark H. Young captured the intensity of the movie with his camera and there’s some nice cinematography to compliment his work. Feral will be available on Blu-ray on October 2nd and is good enough for a one time watch.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD MAster Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The only extra include on this release is the trailer (02:00).


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