It's the last day of school, and they're still up for detention, so 14
year olds Victor (Théo Fernandez), Tom (Zacharie Chasseriaud) and Dan (Damien Ferdel)
decide to skip school after lunch and roam the countryside and do what 14
year olds do, like smoking a cigarette, burning down a barn, and exploring
a nearby abandoned film studio backlot ... where they find a scared
shitless tied up girl in the trunk of a car. They can't really do anything
for her because they are chased off by someone, then taken into custody by
the police (for burning down the barn) - but when the police check the
backlot, there's no tied up woman there ... so now the boys are in big
Thing is, the backlot isn't completely uninhabited,
somewhere a basement, Isaac (Francis Renaud) and his son Klarence (Fabien
Jegoudez) hide out. Isaac was exposed to poisonous gas when he was in the
war that caused his genes to change and turn Klarence into a homicidal
mutant who, despite only 6 years of age, is bigger and stronger than any
normal grown up man. And Isaac likes to send him out to kidnap women for
him since he feels alone since his pregnant wife (Béatrice Dalle) has
killed herself rather than giving birth to another mutant and having to
see Klarence grow up. Now though, thanks to the boys, their secret is
endangered, But Isaac finds out where the boys live - so he sends out
Klarence to take care of them ...
Dan and Tom are quickly taken care of,
Dan because his rich parents neglect him anyways, Tom because his violent
father is stupid as hell ... but Victor comes from a functional family and
has two little sisters - and this family fights to the last and ultimately
takes the fight back to the Isaac and Clarence's home when he abducts one
of the girls ...
Among the Living is a bit of an uneven
film: One on hand, it has some pretty good shocks, suspense and chase
scenes, and its "monster" is well-conceived and scary as hell.
Also, much of the plot is less than predictable, and the narration makes
quit a few interesting points. On the other hand though, the scenes of the
three boys roaming the countryside are clichéed as can be, and that the
functional family manages to survive might not have predictably from the
beginning, but at the end it's more than cheesy.
Still, it's good genre
entertainment - but at the same time rather flawed.