Adam Ahlbrandt's The Cemetery is an even more blood soaked, horiffic vision than his previous movie Cross Bearer. Coming off like a more serious nod to movies such as Evil Dead and The Convent, whilst also crafting something far more scarier than those two movies could ever imagine, The Cemetery is an incredible achievement for Adversary Films, and the indie horror scene in general.
The movie follows a film crew and an amateur actress who are visiting a cemetery to search for something paranormal. The reasoning behind this? One of the group broke into a church and stole a book that says that the cemetery they are visiting has an old and dark secret. In 1671, a settlement was built over Indian holy ground, and this unleashed a demonic force that possesses men, women and children and turns them into blood thirsty ravenous fiends. The church attempted to contain the outbreak, but could find no way of stopping the demonic force. Many ways to distinguish the evil were tried, such as skinning the possessed amongst other things. It was found out the only way to stop them was decapitation. Now the team of investigators are in the very cemetery where these events happened, and when one of them cuts her finger and splashes blood on the ground, an ancient evil is awakened once more.
This film has everything any horror fan looks for. Scares, a dark atmosphere, lots of blood and a very talented group both in front and behind the camera. The acting is natural, never over the top, and comes across as believable. The setting of the movie is dark, unsettling and is almost a character in itself, giving the movie even more life. The gore in the movie is free flowing and very well done. The Cemetery definitely contains some of the best effects seen in modern cinema. Films such as this certainly make a huge case for the pluses of prosthetic effects as opposed to CGI.
Adam Ahlbrandt certainly doesn't allow any forms of reassurance or comfort in his movies, assaulting the viewers senses and eyeballs with scene after scene of gritty violence and perversion. Horror really is horror where Adversary films are concerned. With both Cross Bearer, and now The Cemetery, Adam Ahlbrandt is definitely a name for all horror fans to watch out for, as he really does have a firm grasp of what is scary, horiffic and he certainly knows how to make a really good horror movie.