Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Falling

I can't remember where I heard about The Falling, but I kept seeing it pop up in the horror section of Netflix and decided to give it a watch as the copy I have of Night of the Werewolf is apparently all in Spanish with no subs. Fantastic.

The Spanish connection continues in this film as the three main characters are making their way across Spain in a RV. Unfortunately for them, they stop in a small town where alien parasites have started taking over the townsfolk and turning them into zombie-like folk whose heads eventually explode and release the alien. Meanwhile, a NASA investigator is trying to stop the outbreak before it can spread to a more populated area.

It stars a guy from Chariots of Fire and the girl from Ice Castles and is actually pretty decent. There's a bit of a love triangle between the three heroes, as the two guys both have a crush on the girl they are traveling with, though she just wants to keep both of them in the friend zone. The encounters they have in the town get steadily creepier until we're in full blown outbreak territory.

Spoilers ahead.

My only problem with it is the ending. They were given a vaccine that they risked their necks to obtain, but at the end it doesn't work, as illustrated by the drops of blood from Dennis Christopher's nose, which is a telltale sign of infection. I understand that it makes it a bit of a shocker, but it's just so damn hard to tell how you get infected. It isn't limited to this movie either. A lot of these "virus" films pull such shenanigans, where a person at the end is miraculously infected and either spreads the germ or has to be killed. I prefer more precise vectors or at least a situation where it adds to the tension, like in a movie where they're wearing containment suits and one breaches and then you don't know if they're infected but there is certainly a chance.

End spoilers.

Speaking of containment suits, this movie has perhaps the silliest looking scientific equipment in the form of the space suits that the scientist and his friend wear. Nothing says "space age" like motorcycle helmets. Pure awesomeness. I love it when movies do that.

A decent movie and well worth checking out.

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