ANTISOCIAL (Anchor Bay, 2013) D: Cody Calahan, w/ Michelle Mylett, Cody Ray Thompson. Rating: NN; DVD package: N Rating: NN
Antisocial's weird and original climax makes it acceptable couch fodder for genre fans. But until then, it comes off as a routine low-budget zombie flick.
Five university students are setting up for a New Year's Eve house party when a massive worldwide epidemic breaks out, turning people into homicidal maniacs. After they barricade themselves in, it's a matter of who gets infected next and how they die.
We're in that house for a long time, but director Cody Calahan has a master's eye for keeping the visuals interesting, partly by bringing in the outside world via the social media that are central to the plot and the theme that drives it.
The making-of doc supplies a little information, but Calahan's shared commentary with cinematographer Jeff Maher disappears in the mix any time the movie is anything but dead quiet. Instead of straining your ears, double-bill this with David Cronenberg's Videodrome, a much weirder movie based on a similar idea.
EXTRAS Commentary, making-of doc. English audio. No subtitles.