THE 8TH PLAGUE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Franklin Guerrero Jr.
Leslie Ann Valenza
What's it about
Launa and Nikki are sisters. Nikki has seemingly gone missing while trekking through the woods in a town called Halcyon Springs. Launa recruits two friends to search for Nikki, only to catch a tip that her sister might be in an old, abandoned prison, of all things. Terror ensues.
Is it good movie?
I won’t lie to you. I’d seen the trailer for this movie quite some time ago, and I was impressed. That being said, most indie trailers tend to be pretty awesome, and rarely live up to their potential.
This one did.
I’m going to tiptoe out onto a limb and say that The 8th Plague is one of the better indie films I’ve seen in quite some time. I’ll tell you why; it’s not because of the plot. To be honest with you, the whole ‘get lost in a scary environment’ thing wears thin after 10 movies or so. However, that being said, this flick acts like it’s the first one to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it might not register as the greatest film ever once you’ve watched it, but for an indie flick, I thought it was engaging, even if it was a bit familiar.
It’s all about atmosphere. Inside the prison, the walls are so dank and grimy, its impossible not to be creeped out by the setting laid out before you. Also, the acting is just great, which automatically gets an indie recommendation from me. Launa, played by Leslie Ann Valenza, is simply a great, strong character who’s very well played. I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Mason, the former prison guard played by DJ Perry, who serves as the guide to the abandoned prison. The guy’s tough and hardened and Perry did a wonderful job of playing him as well.
And how do you feel about your steak being served rare, bloody as hell? Gouges, stabs, limbs coming off, it’s all in here, folks. Dig in!
Video / Audio
The 8th Plague won’t break any records, but it sets out to entertain you, and it will. In my book, good acting and some nasty gore can make up a bit for a retread plot with a few plot holes. I suggest you skip the other 8 and head right for this one, quarantine yourself with it for awhile, see how you feel!