Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Review: Cryptic Plasm (2013)
First I´d like to thank Brian Paulin for providing me with a screener.
David Gates, a cryptozoologist is hired to film his investigations. One of them being a mysterious town where all of it's inhabitants have vanished without a trace. David uncovers far more than he anticipated and puts his own life at risk. Afterwards David begins to feel the bizarre effects from the town within his own biology. Mean while he is sent by his investor to film an exorcism. Something that is completely outside of his expertise. Already suffering from unnatural symptoms, David, who is now reluctantly in the presence of pure evil, fears that multiple inhuman forces are tearing him apart from inside. Cryptic Plasm is written and directed by Brian Paulin (he also plays one of the main characters.. The acting is good, it keeps improving with each effort from Morbid Vision Films. The camerawork and editing is decent. The soundtrack is good and helps build a haunting, dreading atmosphere. I don´t, as usual wanna go into details because that means that I´ll spoil the fun for the viewer, lets just say that in this we bits of several subgenres of the horror genre. The pace is pretty slow but I like that. It´s very gory, as can be expected by Morbid Vision Films, and it´s all practical fx work (courtesy of Brian Paulin), and in addition to the on-screen carnage we also get creature effects in this. There´s a spectacular"what the fuck am I seeing" climax in Cryptic Plasm, this is one of the things that I love with Brian Paulin´s flicks, when you think you seen it all he pushes it one step further. There´s no T and A in this.
At time that Í´m writing this Cryptic Plasm has only had a very limited release at a Heavy Metal festival held in the US but I recommend that you keep a close eye on the Morbid Vision Films website as the remaining copies will soon be available there, link http://www.morbidvisionfilms.com/ and while you´re there take the opportunity to order some of the other DVD releases from this very small but great independent company.
This review is based upon e pre-release DVD-screener provided by Morbid Vision Films.
Rating: 6½ out of 7. If you are a fan of independent horror, a gorehound (which should mean that you´re already a fan of Morbid Vision Films) then this is a must for you. Brian Paulin shows again that he´s a very ambitious film maker that dares to go that extra mile. Sure Cryptic Plasm has some flaws, often in the form of different signs of the limited budget, but it´s a horrific, no holds barred trip into hell. Highly recommended!