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Feral (2018) Review

Updated on November 2, 2018
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Vanessa writes non-spoiler reviews preferring films that are generally overlooked and underrated. She prefers her horror to have a story.

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What's It About?

A wild animal attacks six medical students on a weekend hike in the woods. One by one, they become infected with a “feral disease”, turning them into rabid, bloodthirsty creatures, and the vacation becomes a nightmare as they fight to survive each other.

Trailer From IFC Midnight

Quick Film Information

Written and directed by Mark Young with Adam Frazier.

Released: Charlotte Film Festival in 2017 and VOD May 2018.

Good movies from this director: The Killing Jar (2010) and Wicked Blood (2014) both scored OK in the ratings. Mark Young has a new movie lined up for 2019 called Limbo.

Genres: Action | Drama | Horror | Thriller

Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween 2007), Olivia Luccardi (It Follows 2014), Lew Temple (Devil's Rejects 2005), Renee Olstead (Unfriended 2014), Brock Kelly (Supernatural 2009) and George Finn (Time Lapse 2014.)

Hi-Ho Hi-Ho we're med students a camping we go!
Hi-Ho Hi-Ho we're med students a camping we go! | Source

How Was It?

Feral starts off with a bang. Literally. I always love a bit of In Media Res but I began to be overcome with a feeling of Deja vu within the next few minutes as some young people with backpacks ascend a beautiful walking track.

The group admits defeat after becoming lost and decide to stay where they are. Suddenly some Honky-tonk music envelopes the scene as they set up camp. I'm not normally someone who talks about the score in the film. When nobe of the campers begins boot-scooting, I found this scene went entirely against the atmosphere of the first act. I raised a quizzical eyebrow.

Soon a fire is roaring and one by one I discover they are also nerds and all in med school and I die a little inside. Who are all these medical students and doctors in all these movies...and why are they all camping? Is there a secret camping bucket list for those that study the field of medicine?

Dissecting the relationships of the six young friends is as messy as a Day of Our Lives script sans the script. Kudos for trying to make them interesting but I had a serious case of lousy information overload in the first half hour and then nada. While lost and set up side by side with their friends, a proposal takes place. Like for marriage. The lad promptly needs to pee following his tent proposal and proceeds to walk so far away from camp that no one hears his screams. And scream he did.

Adoration for the performances did not overwhelm me in Feral although some stood out better than others. When I first saw the cast my eyes lit up as they are all seasoned and have been in movies I love. With the plot so weak, I guess they did their best.

Final Thoughts

This movie is so generic it makes the word generic look bad. I am usually the champion of non-original films being OK. But the idea is that they then need to be good. A bear trap even made an appearance. I wouldn't have been entirely surprised if the honky-tonk music played during the bear trap scene. They could have easily danced around until it went off. Does no one see bear traps? Are there many bear trap related accidents in bear countries? Some one tell me if you know some statistics.

So with the bad stuff out of the way, I will move onto the things that feral had going for it. The monsters are exceptionally cool. I thought the special effects deserved top marks. Although featured sporadically the gore and carnage were exceptional. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this aspect of the movie outshone the film.

The trailer is great though but sorry IFC, I love you but no.

I give Feral 2 spectacular monsters out of 5.

Renee Olstead is sick, but what's wrong with her?
Renee Olstead is sick, but what's wrong with her? | Source

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Look out there's a virus about. Talbot (Lew Temple) Tells the group something's amiss in the woods.
Look out there's a virus about. Talbot (Lew Temple) Tells the group something's amiss in the woods. | Source

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