Carriers (2009)

Salutations my screechers, screamers, and scary dreamers,

Tonight’s tale of terror entitled “Carriers” finds four friends cruising cross country while a worldwide pestilence plagues the population.  Contagious kids, conceivable cures, cruel killers, and conceited collectors cause clashes in ethics and egos.

The story here is very rote but there is one special thing to note and that is that the focus is on a deadly disease instead of the more typical horde of zombies.  The fact that the threat could be real piqued my interest and allowed me to more willingly invest.  Though the moral dilemmas are fairly routine the plague framework was a nice change of scene.

Another pleasant and unexpected twist was that they actually allowed some humor to exist.  These days apocalypse films are so full of despair that I frankly find it hard to even care.  Being able to laugh made me feel less jaded so it hit all the harder when the darkness invaded.

Since the situations are pretty unremarkable it falls to the actors to make it memorable.  Most of the actors are very capable and manage to bring a lot to the table but one of the leads ends up with little to do making her performance hard to review.  The supporting cast also deserves some mention as their turns help ratchet up the tension.

This picture smartly relied on the concept of less is more when it came to the makeup and the score.  One may not have even noticed that the music was there until it jumped to life to get a scare.  The makeup effectively created a sense of dread whether it was a simple blister or the rotting dead.

Story/Concept: 1
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 1

TOTAL: 7/10

In brief, even though the situations are run-of-the-mill this movie is still able to provide a thrill.  The acting added a lot of heart which helped this feature stand apart.  Apocalypse pictures are often the same old thing but this one managed to feel different and refreshing.

Stick to the shadows my fine friends.

Sincerely,

Mr. William Nightshade