Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Andrew Lee Potts
What's it about
Some stupid teenage med students get busted doing drugs by a local fellow. In order to avoid trouble, they coax him into doing the drugs too and inadvertently send him into a coma. One of the students devises a serum which will allow Kenny (the victim) to free his mind while in the coma. Of course this also gives him the ability to jump into the bodies of other people, so he can get people killed.
Is it good movie?
Well, the concept is good but it doesn't have a lot of other stuff going for it. The only cool thing is that this dude can take over other people and kill them, and the rest is pretty pedestrian. The cast is okay, I'm still not sold on Arielle Kebbel though whether she's a lead or just support.
The characters are again stupid and disposable and don't have an original bone in their bodies. The only real development comes from the opening scenes where you learn about Kenneth's tortured life and how people mocked him as a child. Other than that, there just isn't anything going on here. You might construe some of the plot devices as twists, but I disagree- this movie is paint by numbers and quite straightforward.
Also, what's with the name Red Mist? That makes no sense and is even less intelligible than Freakdog, the movie's original title. I wish I could say more but this one is just loaded with horror clichés and has little to keep you interested. It's not very memorable, sexy or even bloody. The whole thing is just another straight to disc horror flick that plays like Flatliners meets Awake meets Shocker. And that is a nasty trio.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks quite good, a nice sharp transfer from this little flick.
Audio is Dolby 5.1 and sounds a bit shrill in places, but has a decent mix.
First up is The making of Red Mist, which is a little EPK that offers the usual glad handing and brief knowledge that comes with these sorts of deals. Not very in-depth but a bit more honest than the standard fare is at times.
For those of you who love her, there's also an Extended interview with Arielle Kebbel that will reveal all of your favorite facts about her. It doesn't run too long, but she seems to be having fun and doesn't act like an idiot or anything.
Finally we get The Red Mist cast in northern Ireland, which is a nice little piece about filming on location in Ireland. It's a beautiful place and was probably a highlight for anyone involved who made this film.
Director Paddy Breathnach came out with Shrooms not that long ago and I've yet to see it (although I hear it's terrible but stoners keep renting it out at my video store), I don't know if I should rush out at this point. Red Mist is sort of a dull and uninspired little movie that features good cinematography and a nice setting- that's about it. Watch it if it's on at 3am and you have nothing to do.