October 12, 2010 (U.S. DVD)
This is a first. Best-Horror-Movies.com received�the screener for an Independent horror movie that is far from finished, therefore impossible to review in it’s entirety. Still, the two dozen or so scenes that I have seen are so incredible that a review is in order, just the same.
The Dark Lurking is an Independent entry from Australia written and directed by Greg Connors. The synopsis provided by Greg tells the basics of the story:
At Research Station 320, one mile beneath the earth’s surface, something has gone terribly wrong. All communications are gone, all means of escape destroyed and a deadly horde of ravenous creatures is on the loose. Eight survivors must barricade themselves inside a remote area of the facility with little food, almost no means of defense and no hope of rescue. Their one possible escape route is through 13 levels of terror that will lead them to the surface…..if they can make it.
I cannot comment specifically on the story, because there was just not enough footage�provided to get a good sense of it. The heroine, Lena, is an escapee from some type of experiment that is being conducted in an underground research facility. There are a huge number of grotesque creatures running around that would appear to be the result of failed experiments. Several soldiers are also trapped inside the underground facility and join with the heroine Lena to travel through the death trap toward escape.
The Dark Lurking is a clear blend of elements from the original Alien, Aliens and Resident Evil. Although not in a space station as in Alien, the dark halls of The Dark Lurking have the flashing lights, steam outlets and industrial feel of Ripley’s famous vessel. The underground facility and crazy zombie-creatures are very similar to the deadly challenges faced by Alice in the underground Umbrella Corporation hive in Resident Evil. The soldier characters are vaguely familiar – the tough-guy, the whiney dude and the dashing gentlemen…much like the rag-tag marines from Aliens.
The real strength of The Dark Lurking is in the action and gore. Pure adrenaline, yell-out-loud “cover your face and catch your breath later” scenes with zombie-like creatures chasing down people and literally ripping them to shreds. I watched scene after scene that had my heart beating so fast I swore to take up yoga.
And those zombies! Not only were they over-the-top grotesque but the actors were well coached – just the way that they ran was freaking me out. There is one scene in particular where a lone zombie-like freak is running down the hall with a light shining behind him – and the very movement of the thing was enough to put me over the edge. I think I watched that one short sequence 10 times.
The creators of The Dark Lurking are all action junkies, and it shows. Producer and Co-producer Stewart Wall and Bret Kennedy worked with Writer, Director and Co-producer Greg Connors onNetherworld, which won “best action short” at the 2005 New York International Film Festival. Dirk Fowler, director of photography, brought advanced knowledge of stunt work to the table.
I cannot wait until The Dark Lurking is finished and available for viewing. The Dark Lurkingscreams for the big screen, and the audience will be screaming, sweating and begging for a Valium.