THE DEMENTED (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Some horror stereotypes shack up for a weekend of debauchery in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana. Unfortunately, chemically weaponized missiles are rocketed towards their homestead, which results in a town full of crazy cannibals.
Is it good movie?
Here we are with another "they're technically not zombies" zombie flick
that tries to borrow heavily from its predecessors (28 Days Later comes
to mind) and actually doesn't suck! The Demented sure doesn't start in
an overly promising fashion.
When everything goes down, our kids don't really seem to be nearly
bothered enough, and the characters don't overly endear themselves or
make much of an impact on the viewer. It's the same old story, really.
David (Richard Kohnke) drops a promise ring on his girlfriend (Kayla
Ewell). They're joined by a couple other people, Brice (Ashlee Brian)
and Naomi (Brittney Alger). This weekend, they're off to the rustic but
beautiful summer home of the annoying Howard (Michael Welch), who's
accompanied by his girlfriend (Sarah Butler). I thought that the first
third of this flick was really quite dull and didn't find myself overly
engaged. It's obvious that the director was making an effort to get the
viewer acquainted with the folks he's planning to wipe out, but things
just get off to a really typical start. The Demented just isn't overly
compelling until stuff starts going down.
However, once the not-zombies really start lettling loose, the Demented
employs the gimmick of sound as what sets the zombies off. These guys
can be destroyed without stopping the brain and for the most part are
really stationary. This certainly makes for a tense atmosphere that
pays off with some really close-quarters sneaking sequences.
From the time the odds start mounting against the survivors, the movie
really picks up a good pace and manages to move along in an
entertaining fashion. It helps that the infected folks have an awesome
and physical style that really makes them seem ferocious, demented and
focused on their awful, evil tasks. The infected are so good at what
they're doing, that you can't help but feel a bit of compassion for our
fairly vanilla survivors.
Don't get it wrong- there are still several routine and lame drawbacks
to this one. The characters are pretty unmemorable, the budget is low
(though they often try to creatively work around this), and there's
some brutal CGI thrown in that just doesn't work. On top of that, the
ending is a pretty sucky mess that just jumbles a few things together.
The Demented is certainly a bit of a mixed bag. There's some really
cool work going on with the sound play and the ferocious physical
performances of the baddies. The flick moves from location to location
to keep it interesting, but the characters, dialogue and basic plotline
are worn out and relatively paint-by-numbers. I had some fun with it,
but I don't see this one lasting much longer than a one night stand in
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p and
really looks quite good. It's colorful with good black levels and great
attention to detail. Impressive stuff.
Audio features a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and it too is
well balanced throughout. This is a perfectly fine audio track.
The only thing you get is a DVD copy
of the film. That's all!
The best way to describe this flick is that it's perfectly suited to a Friday night when you've got nothing else to do. It's got some good tense moments and just enough of a twist on the zombie gimmick to be enjoyable for a watch.