Horror Review: 13 Eerie (2013)

13 Eerie

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Six forensic undergrads embark on a scientific expedition to a remote island that was once used as illegal biological testing grounds for life-term prisoners.

Director: Lowell Dean
Writer: Christian Piers Betley
Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher
Release Date: 2 April 2013 (USA)
Budget: CAD 3,000,000 (estimated)
Runtime: 87 min

Director Lowell Dean may be better known for his cult hit WolfCop last year, but the year before, he released a zombie film titled 13 Eerie starring the scream queen beauty Katharine Isabelle alongside Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr and Brendan Fletcher.

Right off the bat, the tired zombie genre is way overdone with far too many low budget snooze fests, so it is a breath of fresh air when a film takes a stale genre and injects some life into it. That is not to say that 13 Eerie is the next Pontypool, but the film is highly watchable with a few genre favorites and some decent acting.

The zombies are a little different in this film being a little tougher to take out even though they appear to have some of the same behaviors as other zombie films. The strong writing by Christian Piers Betley makes the script believable in a way that typical zombie fare usually is not. The characters’ decision are not plagued with stupidity as we see far too often.

Overall, 13 Eerie is not perfect, but is a film that I can get behind.

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