WISCONSIN PROJECT X
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Dave Mobley
What's it about
A lab project goes wrong unleashing zombie-like creatures into a town. The townsfolk must figure how to defend their town and not get dead.
Is it good movie?
Wisconsin Project X is cheaply made. I mean really cheap. But thatís not a big surprise. About a minute in itís clear from the footage and the acting that if there was a budgetÖit mustíve been about 20 bucks. Of course, I didnít have to do much thinking because in my screener copy, writer/director/actor Christian Ackerman interrupts the movie a few minutes in to tell viewers about how cheap the movie is. Most effects were done via duct tape. No pro actors were used. And Ackerman is damn proud of it. And so he should! While the movie really doesnít offer anything unique in terms of horror, it does offer energy and creativity in what is basically an experiment in cheapskate filmmaking. Thatís not a knock; itís a genre. The film has a maniac force that keeps it moving even if neither the acting nor the production is quality. With a running time of about an hour, the pace moves quick enough to never allow the obvious story to bore, but then again, this isnít a film people watch for story. Itís about the scary and the blood. And it delivers on both. Now most of the time with low-budget works, I have trouble getting past production values. If it isnít presented right, it becomes difficult for me to enjoy it. (Itís a personal problem). Wisconsin Project X doesnít look great and the acting is high school-English-class-project bad, but somehow it didnít bother me. Somehow, the movie remained enjoyable. Maybe it was the zero budget. Maybe it was the acting. Maybe it was the blood. Whatever it was, Iíd enjoy seeing more for Ackerman down the road when he can fine-tune his skills, find a story, and pick up a few more bucks.
Video / Audio
Not listed, but you really have to crank the volumn to hear it. The picture isn't close to clear, but I don't think it's supposed to be.
A brief interview with the director/writer/star where he dishes on the making of the movies. Some set photos thrown in for good measure.
An enjoyable exercise in zero budget horror. Bad acting, lot of blood.