#31 in 31 2018 -“Plague” (2014)

“Night? At night we run.”

Story: During the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors beat feet, leaving a man behind. The man’s wife wants to wait for him at their rendezvous point. The group? Not so much. So, she waits. And two men show up.

Scares: A few, but mostly it’s a slow burn character driven joint.

Splat factor: Not really – just a lot of the red stuff, and zombie extras covered in dried “blood”.

Closing scene “shocker”?: No. But the ending is a hella satisfying one.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original, though another entry in the post-apocalyptic zombie genre.

Trick or Treat?: Solid performances elevate this low buget Aussie Z-Fest. Believable reactions, even if those reactions are sometimes stupid, rule the day. Seriously –  screaming when zombies come, after you know sound draws them to you? Ijits. But isn’t that what most people would do, at least at the start of this sort of apocalyptic scenario? Oh shut it; everybody would scream at least once. Liar.

There’s a lot of good stuff here. Just don’t expect a shitload of zombies – Plague is more like a “character” episode of The Walking Dead than a gorefest. And it sinks its teeth into what people would do in order to survive, along with how far such horrors can push people. Yes, the “humans can be just as monstrous” is the theme of the day here, and the actors really work the compelling screenplay. These three characters – minus a few zombies here and there – were compelling enough to keep me glued to the screen. And after my TWD burnout, that’s pretty damn impressive.

As Evie, the woman who waited, Tegan Crowley delivers a helluva performance. She’s equal parts terrified, and determined to survive. Think quivering cheerleader and Final Girl, wrapped up in one. It’s good to see a character able to completely lose it and survive; that feels real. So does Crowley’s gut-punch of a performance.

Check it out.

Score: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.

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