- Joe 2018
Angelo Del Prete, Nik Taneris, Evan Makrogiannis, Sam Glass (executive) for Makrophobic Films
directed by Liam Makrogiannis
starring Liam Makrogiannis, Johnny Dickie, Stephen Kilcullen, Manoush, David Calderazzo, Nik Taneris, Demetri Kallas, Ruby Larocca, Lloyd Kaufman, Matt Desiderio, Evan Makrogiannis, Shun Serita, Paul Burt, Josh Schafer, Leah Sabatelli, Jordan Simon, Baron Misuraca, Yelena Sabel, Nicole Cusumano, Gabe Orrico, Tristan Makrogiannis, Edgar Moye, Svyatoslav Iliyasov, Victor Silkin, Maria Kazakova, Ekaterina Minina
written by Liam Makrogiannis, music by Baron Misuraca, Liam Makrogiannis, special effects by Johnny Dickie
A couple of terrorists (Evan Makrogiannis, Shun Serita) thought it a
great idea to set free a mutated cholera virus in the fresh water sewers
of NYC, a virus that ultimately turned the infected into zombies ...
Rose (Manoush) has somehow managed to turn her place into a safe haven for
the non-infected - and while she can be very proud of her efforts as such,
her main problem is she has pretty much taken in the good - like
good-hearted Matt (Stephen Kilcullen) or tough but fair army guy Tyrell
(David Calderazzo) - with the bad - like selfish used car salesman Peter
(Nik Taneris) or self-righteous preacher Father Albin (Demitri Kallas)
with his brain-washed follower Angel (Ruby Larocca) -, which is of course
only a fuse for conflicts. And then there are the two boys (Liam
Makrogiannis, Johnny Dickie) she has taken in that trigger her motherly
instincts - but one of them is actually infected, so all of this is a bomb
that's really about to go off any minute ...
Now I'm the first
one to admit that Survive isn't breaking any new ground regarding
the zombie genre - but it really captures the feel of grindhouse and
direct-to-video zombie movies from yesteryear quite beautifully, which
would be remarkable even if the director wasn't in his mid-teens (and thus
much too young to be around when the films he emulates were made and
released). Basically, it's really refreshing to see a film that's free of
post-modernism and instead goes for the jugular whenever the story demands
it, and that just has fun with the horror genre the old-fashioned (but
tried-and true) way.
Sure, not everybody will like it, but genre fans will at least get a kick
out of the movie.