The Beast Within – Es lebt in Dir (2017)

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The Beast Within – Es lebt in Dir: Directed by Mark Young. With Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi, Lew Temple, Renee Olstead. Students fight to survive a weekend in the woods.

“u0026#39;Feralu0026#39; is an excellent example of a low budget horror movie done wrong. Weu0026#39;ve recently had some low budget gems in the horror genre (for example u0026#39;Starry Eyesu0026#39;), but itu0026#39;s movies like this that make the genre take a step back, especially considering this is another u0026#39;college kids go to a remote cabin in the woods and dieu0026#39; kind of horror movie, which shouldu0026#39;ve died after u0026#39;The Cabin In The Woodsu0026#39; proved that these sorts of horror movies have overstayed their welcome in cinema.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis all brings me to the question: why was this movie made?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI still ask myself that now having watched it but this movie shouldnu0026#39;t have been made at all, especially considering it has basically been made already. The Australian horror film u0026#39;Primalu0026#39; came out in 2009 and has an almost identical plot to this movie. This wouldnu0026#39;t be as big of an issue as it is if that movie wasnu0026#39;t so godawful, and unfortunately u0026#39;Feralu0026#39; is even worse in its execution.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFirstly, despite the plot being unoriginal and generic, it still had the potential to provide for an entertaining movie, but this film is sleep-inducingly dull. This is mostly due to the movieu0026#39;s terrible pacing, with characters being killed off 10 minutes into the movie (bearing in mind that thereu0026#39;s only 6 of the college kids to begin with), meaning that the remaining 80 minutes goes by incredibly slowly as we wait for the remaining college kids to die. This is made worse due to the boring characters presented to us, who have no development, no personality and apparently no intelligence as they constantly make the dumbest decisions that no real human would ever make unless theyu0026#39;d been lobotomised.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe quality of the acting doesnu0026#39;t make the film worthwhile either. I had some expectations for the performances considering that Olivia Luccardi was playing one of the main characters (having given a solid performance in u0026#39;It Followsu0026#39;), but even she gives a bad performance in this movie. Scout Taylor-Compton easily gives the best performance but thatu0026#39;s hardly saying much considering the performances from her costars. The worst performance in this movie easily goes to Lew Temple as the movieu0026#39;s antagonist, who sleepwalks through his role with the most monotone delivery of every single line that he speaks. Itu0026#39;s clear that he only starred in this borefest for his paycheck.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTaking into account that this is a horror movie as well, I might as well talk about how scary the film is: it isnu0026#39;t. Thereu0026#39;s absolutely no tension because of how dull the movie is, and the creatures themselves look like poor imitations of the creatures from u0026#39;The Descentu0026#39; (go and watch that instead), but itu0026#39;s not like that matters anyway because the lighting is so bad that youu0026#39;ll barely see the creatures at all.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis movie was doomed from the start. An overdone concept with weak actors and a terrible director could have never made for a good movie, let alone a low budget horror movie like this. Just watch something else, because this movie is a complete waste of time.”

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