As you might guess with being part of Saturday Frights, I have more than a passing appreciation for the horror genre. Which is why I always look forward to the next film being released by Scream Factory so highly, whether that be a classic film getting the Blu-Ray treatment for the very first time or even a newer fright flick worthy of your time like in the case of Animal!
Produced and released by Chiller Pictures (as well as Drew Barrymore!) and Directed by Brett Simmons (The Monkey’s Paw) the film stars Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, Parker Young (Enlisted), Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of RJ Berger), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorius), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Thorsten Kaye (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Amaury Nolasco (2 Fast 2 Furious).
Animal‘s story follows Alissa (Palmer) and her group of young friends as they get together to spend a weekend out in the woods, a place that she and her step-brother Jeff (Young) used to visit when they were younger. Losing their way in the woods as it has been so long since they have revisited their old stomping grounds, night falls and soon the group come across a terrifying beast that is quick to give chase. Truly running for their lives the kids find shelter in a hastily boarded up house with Vicky (Adams), her Husband Carl (Kaye), and their rather intense friend Douglas (Nolasco). They too have had an encounter with the ravenous beast probing their make-shift fortifications, searching for a weak spot so it can break in and feast.
Not Safe For Work language included in this clip!
I have to point out that Animal looks EXTRAORDINARY and I know that is something I wouldn’t normally choose to share with you but it is so beautifully shot that it needs to be praised. The cast are fantastic as well with Iacono’s character “Sean” absolutely stealing the show hands down. The effects also all appear to be practical or at the very least it sports a minimal CGI presence which is a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. Animal certainly has the feel of an early 80’s film, with the house under siege scenario the characters deal with it reminded me a little of 1984’s Mutant.
Being a Scream Factory release you can be sure they’ve included a few goodies in the Extras department:
Audio Commentary With Director Brett Simmons
Interviews With The Cast
Scream Factory is unleashing Animal on Blu-Ray next Tuesday, which is February 17, 2015 but you can still follow their link provided above to place your pre-order! A big thanks to IMP Awards for the original poster you see above!