Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Six young friends on a road trip in Ireland (a young American is moving to Ireland and gathers her friends and brother for a road trip) run afoul of gypsies who curse them for accidentally running down an old woman. The curse takes the form of a terrifying flying beast known as the Simuroc that tries killing them all.
Is it good movie?
You ever see Stephen King's Thinner? Yeah, I know it really sucked but Roadkill takes a bit of a similar approach while it sets up. Our heroine is moving and brings her cast of disposable friends with her- her brother, the guy she used to (and still does) love, her best friend, a prankster jerk and a couple of others on a road trip. Of course, when they stumble upon a gypsy town and find their hard-bargain driving ways unfair, the joker of the group lifts a necklace and while they all hurry away, they wipe one of them out, running her over with their giant Winnebago. This brings a nasty curse upon them- that of the Simuroc, a beast that promises to wipe them all out one at a time. From here, a big monster movie begins.
I've reviewed a bunch of these Syfy movies already, and I'm not huge on them. They're all pretty interchangeable and suffer from bad acting and pretty awful CGI. Roadkill doesn't go breaking the barriers down, but I didn't hate watching it. First of all, the CGI Simuroc isn't horrible looking. It's not going to win any awards or anything, but I'm not immediately pulled out of the movie and hating every second of it.
I mean, sure it's silly but how can one not find any redeeming value in it? I've got to send out an envelope full of props to Ned Dennehy who plays Luca, Gypsy leader. The guy's manic and a huge jerk in the movie, coming off with a delicious blend of weird and perverted at the same time. On top of this, he's really all over the place in this movie, he seems to have really great travel routes because he's a real step ahead.Our lead character is played by Kacey Barnfield, and she is pretty okay, with no other performances really being worth mentioning. This is a big, stupid creature movie and the actors aren't the strongest suit. Also, if you blink you'll miss a cameo from Stephen Rea. To be honest, I think I literally did miss it. Where was the guy?
Anyway, there's not a lot else to say. The giant bird can be hit or miss, the kills are entertaining and involve a fair amount of shredded faces, the ending might not be exactly what you expect it to be and there's plenty of crazy gypsies to go around. In my neck of the woods, I can't ask for much more with my silly creature movies.
Video / Audio
The film is listed as being widescreen (created as a TV presentation), and the transfer looks pretty sharp, actually. The menus and interstitial before the film have a terrible look to them, but the film itself looks pretty decent.
Audio is in Dolby 5.1 and the mix is a little dull, truth be told. This movie could benefit from a sharper soundtrack, given the source material
Not even a trailer!
It's silly, it's typical, cheesy and goofy. If you love Syfy monster movies, this is one for you. There's nothing on the disc and it isn't overly impressive looking though so unless you're a die hard, I can't see why you'd rush out and grab it.