Movie Review: Island Zero (2017)

May 11, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Something is seriously wrong up in Maine; namely a small fishing island has become isolated A.F. thanks to the one ferry on or off the island disappearing. To make matters worse, the phone lines are dead, all boats to the mainland fail to return, and the entire place is under a power blackout. As food supplies dwindle and anxiety levels rise, folks start turning up mutilated and the island finds itself at the mercy of a monster from the deep!
Beautifully shot on location, with plenty of steel-grey skies and rain to add to the dreary ambiance, Island Zero certainly looks the part of atmospheric creature feature! Adding to the strength of the picture are rock solid acting, a nice slow burn story line fraught with mounting tension (and a nice layer of mythology) as the isolation begins playing on an ever more desperate populace…and the human remains start popping up, and moments of well realized, practical gore. Sounds great, right? Well, there’s just one, tiny, problem…
There isn’t enough creature action! The monsters are damn near invisible, appearing mostly on infrared scanners…and even then that isn’t really utilized until well into Act 3…and as those that read this column regularly know; I love monsters, so just give ’em to me, okay?!!
If you dig on H.P. Lovecraft or Silent Hill, chances are you will love Island Zero; it’s a great atmospheric fright flick that will make horror hounds happy despite it’s deficit of creature action.



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