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Monday, 25 March 2013

The Eschatrilogy: Book of the dead (2012).

The Eschatrilogy is an anthology film. It seems that anthologies have become popular again, what with V/H/S and The ABC'S of Death hitting our screens, and Chillerama and The Theater Bizarre yet to see a release here in the UK, but generally picking up favorable reviews elsewhere.

The Eschatrilogy contains three amazing stories, each following the gradual demise of humanity at the hands of the undead, who were reanimated by...well, I think I'm going to leave that as a suprise. If you visit here enough, you know I have no interest in spoilers.

The wraparound story is about a man played by the movies director Damian Morter, who stumbles into the camp of a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, who is played by Tim McGill Grievson. He is detained and searched by his captor, and it becomes apparent that the man who stumbled upon this survivor camp has a book which recounts three stories all telling of different struggles against the zombie outbreak.

 The first story is called 'Dead inside', and it tells the story of a young man who leaves his wife and daughter while he heads out one night, only to come across a young injured woman who is lying in the road. The lady dies and comes back to life with a taste for human flesh. You'll have to check out the movie to find out what happens in this story, because I am giving nothing else away.

The second story is called 'Dying Breed', and that tells the story of a young man, who is having a night in with his lover, only to find himself in the middle of a zombie invasion. This segment is action packed and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The final segment is called 'A Father for the Dead', and tells the tale of a father and son who are desperately trying to reach safety. This segment is definitely the most emotional, as it shows the struggles not only against the undead, but also against other human beings who just can't seem to get along. The ending is incredibly bleak,but amazing nevertheless, and again, the story is full of action.

British horror really is going from strength to strength, and this movie yet again cements Britain's place in horror cinema. The locations used are amazing and shocking at the same time, showing estates overrun with zombies, and the beautiful Yorkshire Moors.

The cast is full of newcomers, and this makes the film feel even fresher. There are a couple of names Brits may recognise, such as Sarah Jane Honeywell (of pre school channel Cbeebies fame) and Stuart Wolfenden ( Dead Man's Shoes). The cast handle their roles well, and are incredibly believable.

I really can't praise this film enough. The acting is superb, the cinematography, as mentioned before, is stellar and even though the movie has a running time of nearly two hours, it never slows or gets boring. In fact, I would say that it works in the movies favor, as each story plays out perfectly, and you get to really feel for the characters going through this hell.

The music is chilling, bringing back memories of classic eighties movies, and it never becomes tiresome, and always seems to fit with what is happening onscreen. For a movie that (according to IMDB) was shot on a budget of £5000, this movie really is incredible (although budget never makes me like or dislike a movie).

This movie is a must see for all Zombie movie fanatics, or all fans of emotional stories with the added bonus of the undead. Go check it out as soon as you can.

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Darkest regards......Dani.

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