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The Terror Experiment


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not all that bad, all considered April 26 2012
By Jason Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I've decided to not attack all the prior reviews, those are their opinions, therefore, here's mine.
From the synopsis, I could tell it'd be yet another independent zombie flick in the veins of 28 Days/Weeks Later (albeit in a confined space), so I knew not to expect perfection. Still, for what I watched, it really wasn't that bad.
Story was simple, a terrorist with an extremist patriot complex believes he sees political hypocrisy in his own nation and wishes to see something like a "reset" (as I'd call it) by exposing deadly secrets in a government building. Those secrets being a deadly virus that changes the mindset of a person, making them highly paranoid and overtly aggressive. Yes, it's basically a total rip-off of 28D/WL, but it didn't stop me from enjoying. In fact, before all the action really starts, you get to see all the little things in normal lives, including that of a divorced couple (along with a small touch of humor before total insanity breaks loose), play out.
There weren't that many jump moments, but what there was was pretty decent since it went very well with the story. Some pretty crazy death scenes, a few twists here and there, and one particular crazed zombie that seems like a dimwit rip-off of a zombie from Land of the Dead (remember the one that figured out how to use a machine gun? Watch this and you'll see which one's the rip-off).
Acting, like that of any low-budget indie, isn't perfect by any standard, but it's still better than some I've seen (2012: Doomsday always comes to mind as the worst indie film I've ever seen in ever single aspect), so there's a plus. Some people, sadly, do die off (in which I mean I wish they hadn't, but that wouldn't be good for the death quota in making a film like this, would it?), but nonetheless, the main character, who's been in search of one particular person in a quarantined building, does have reason, in the end, to hope. And the reason for that hope may end up giving bad nostalgia for those in Oklahoma City, 'nuff said.
All in all, especially for an obviously low-budgeted indie zombie film, I pretty well enjoyed this. Nowhere near perfect, but I could at least handle it for what it was worth.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terror Experiment... May 5 2012
By Kurbiyashi - Published on Amazon.com
This is a bit cheesy. I guess they didn't have much for a budget maybe? It's like a bunch of bad movies combined together. anyways you could say its a rip off 28 days/weeks, a bit like quarantine without the camera sickness, and maybe some others that I can't think of. I'd recommend you skip it unless your that bored and curious.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Kiosk Rating <1 April 12 2012
By G. Teslovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The storyline is about a terrorist (patriot from his point of view) who wants to make a statement by releasing the toxin that a research lab is working on thus turning it's effects upon the people associated with it. The toxin makes people a bit more aggressive than usual resulting in a lot of angry trapped workers killing one another. Some escape to the top floors and await rescue but of course the government has other plans - just blow up the building. Usual allusions to Area 51 and psychotropic drugs and, of course, only a few unaffected survive.

What are you paying for in watching this movie? The usual shaky hand held camera; dumb dialogue from Hollywood script writers that try to sound like someone that they have no clue about; a setting of a few hallways, rooms and stairwells all in one building; annoying sound effects (humans growling in this case); cheap props like guns that sound like toys with really cheap CGI gunfire flashes added in post editing; a noncreative copying of a storyline that's been done so often you might as well watch just the first and last minutes and be assured you missed nothing.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Been there, done that... April 24 2012
By Derek N. Glidewell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The zombie fad has gained some serious leg room in our culture these days, and not quite content leaving it be, B-list Hollywood has to get their dirty fingers in the mix and pump out generic, relatively uninspired `zombie'-like cash in flicks. I won't miss the cool of the zombie fad once John Q tires of it and deems it cliché because I ACTUALLY LIKE zombie films, and not these cookie cutter wannabes but the Romero classics, even the Return of the Living Dead series are worthy staples in the genre that I grew up with. But, until that day I'll keep being herded to watch pale amateurs that I know will be of poor quality, poor intellectual design, and provide me with nothing I haven't seen before. The Terror Experiment is just the punishment I needed.

I picked this one up (Zombie appreciation aside) while browsing Blockbuster because I saw not 1, not 2, not 3 nor 4, but 5 solid horror movie actors or has been faces I've enjoyed all my life: Judd Nelson, C. Thomas Howell, Robert Carradine, Lochlyn Munro, and Jason London. I figured that with such positive, capable players there must be some redeeming qualities to the film? And this is where we have the constant tone of The Terror Experiment. You have capable and very talented actors working with the most mundane dialogue you could muster. And there's only such you can do to polish a turd before you realize it's crap and Turtle Wax. C. Thomas Howell gives a great performance and makes the worst, genre standard dialogue more than it is. Robert Carradine is a breeze, he plays it smooth and cool. Very professional. Judd Nelson is silent, and condescending when he speaks, and anyone who has seen The Breakfast Club knows he can nail that with ease. It's so sad seeing the actors truly put effort into something that simply doesn't deserve it.

The folly of poor writing aside, what really nags is the ever poor production. Saying it is a B movie may be over congratulating. When guns fire they don't really fire. Instead we are treated to a close up of the gun and overdubbed sounds effects likely taken from a toy machine gun I had as a kid. The handful of times they do show a gun discharge it is clearly computerized muzzle flashes.

The `zombies' (which aren't really zombies but think 28 Days Later) are really only a minor part of the story, they pose no real threat in hindsight and they are there about 12 minutes into the film and by the end of the first hour we've forgotten about them. And there are no herds of the undead swarming our heroes but 1 lone `zombie' who causes infinite distress to our characters; why bother?

The Terror Experiment is more accurately a redundancy experiment. Nothing shocking happens, it is certainly not scary, the filler scenes of Government officials bickering about jurisdiction and conspiracy cover ups is insulting to anyone who graduated High School, but hey, at the very least the cover most certainly rocks. My advice? Nothing to see here, folks.
the terror experiment March 24 2014
By Mp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
not too bad compared to some other zombie movies i've recently seen, had enough to keep me interested all the way through


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