Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A 900-year-old monster gets unleashed in a small town and picks residents off one at a time, leaving only a damaged female sheriff and a group of misfits to save the day.
Is it good movie?
Unearthed isnít anything anyone whoís seen a good amount of horror movies hasnít seen before. It has all your classic elements: hot women, hicks, pick-ups, token black guy (Charlie Murphy!), caves, crazy scientist, and of course unknown monsters. Obviously, having these elements isnít a bad thing, only if they to some degree. Part of the 8 Films to Die For line, Unearthed is yet another slickly produced, low-budget film that attempts to redefine the genre. The acting is quite good, a few characters come across rounded, and the gore is decent. However, something just doesnít work. It fails to hold interest and takes too long to get the obvious conclusion. Itís difficult to fathom why director Matthew Leutwyler didnít go all out for the gore and create a thriller. It ends up suffering from a case of the classics, perhaps too much of the Ďbeen there done thatí feeling. Something thatís difficult to break, but necessary in order to keep the audience from flipping to SportsCenter.
Throughout Unearthed, I couldnít help but think Alien if it had been set in a small town. Itís not spot on by any means (no space, no robots, no Ripley) but it reminds for the creature aspect. With the low budget, it uses the Alien formula of rarely showing the monster, allowing the audience to develop both fear and anticipation for the beast. It comes in flashes, glimpses, brief clips as it rips people apart. However, a problem quickly appears in using this formula. While Alien created fear from the beast by utilizing the claustrophobic ship, Unearthed has too much room and too much explanation. When the characters explain how the monster came to be, itís a bit much, unraveling any of the tension previously built up. Who cares where it came from? No one will sit back and ponder if it really could happen. I stopped caring at that moment and wanted suspense instead of the lame background and fiction science. Mystery scares. Explanations donít.
Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Miss Horrorfest Webisodes: I still haven't gotten used to the concept of Webisodes, but alas, they are here and now come include on DVDs! I never would have thought it.
b>Unearthed is a decent film that feels like a generic sequel to Alien or perhaps to failed script for Alien Vs Predator. Then again, didnít both of AvPs have failed scripts?