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December 31st, in the not so distant future, five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year, unaware that an epidemic has erupted outside, causing virulent outbreaks around the world. With nowhere to escape, they are told to barricade themselves indoors. Using their phones, laptops, and other tech devices to research the possible source of this outbreaks, they descend further into its origin and monitor the ensuing chaos and horror. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house swings violently from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly realize the cause of the virus…and there is definitely no going back to normal.

Well. This was a movie. The kind of movie that you go into knowing it’s not going to change the way you watch horror movies, but you decide to watch anyway because it doesn’t really look all that bad. Then you start watching, and realize that this is one of those type of horror movies that, on a certain level, you want to like, but there’s so much that’s working against it in the execution, that you understand that the movie is a bad one, in a rather special way.

Let me start off by saying, not playing the song “Antisocial” over the end credits? Another \,,/METAL\,,/ opportunity lost, there. Either the original Trust version, or the Anthrax or Children Of Bodom covers…either one would have injected this movie with some much-needed awesome.

Antisocial is a Millennial horror movie that takes one of the more ridiculous-sounding premises I’ve heard—a subliminal message slipped into a popular online social network called the Red Room by its founder gives everyone who uses the site worldwide a brain tumor that turns them into mindless violent crazies on New Year’s Eve, making that either the greatest New Year’s celebration party, or the worst, depending on your point of view. And wouldn’t you know it, a bunch of nameless archetypes that I didn’t care enough about to remember their actual names (let alone look up online) are stuck inside their house during a New Year’s party when the wackiness hits. And by the time they realize what’s going on, it may already be to late to save themselves. Or too late for me to care, anyway.

As a horror movie itself, Antisocial strives to be something a bit more than just another derivative exploitation movie by trying to shoehorn in a social commentary message of some sort with all the finesse of trying to get a walnut out of its shell whole while only using a jackhammer to do so. That in and of itself wouldn’t have been that big of a deal, had the movie itself at least had been entertaining. Unfortunately, it was not. It tried to be, using some interesting photography choices, which ultimately resulted in coming off more like a pop video than actual movie work. Early on, probably to set the party-harty mood I guess, there’s a scene of one of the boys romping through the house with dubstep playing over. At one point he has sparklers. That should really have been the point in which I realized that watching the rest of the movie was going to be an exercise in pain, and not the good type. Because every single actor is about as boring and wooden as I’ve seen in any dull horror flick. I will say that the gore effects were handled superbly, as one of the better splatter scenes are in this movie. The biggest insult, though, was the promise of a genuine and possibly somewhat entertaining zombie flick that could have been being the very ending shot used before the credits rolled…to think I could have been watching something like that, instead of this badly rendered rip-off of 28 Days Later by way of Assault On Precinct 13 made for whiny Millennials. Gads. Pass this one up.