Super Hybrid (Blu-ray / DVD)

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Super HybridStarring Shannon Beckner, Oded Fehr, Ryan Kennedy

Directed by Eric Valette

Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Super Hybrid doesn’t offer many surprises. It’s a killer car movie the likes of which we’ve seen before, albeit with a few twists. Lest anyone think the crew behind this one succeeded in putting a new spin on a woefully limited subgenre, kindly note that all ‘surprises’ are revealed by the end of the first act (with one as early as the very first scene), giving the duration nowhere left to go. Yes, the car can change makes/models on a whim. It’s also home to some kind of snake demon living just beneath the hood. Yup.

And that’s all there is. Competently made, despite direction that leaves a lot to be desired, there’s some fun in the car attack carnage. None of it is very scary or suspenseful, and even the best moments are often enhanced by some of the shoddiest CGI work imaginable. Director Eric Valette manages some reasonably strong car chases through the abandoned, multi-level garage in which our titular vehicle is confined, but it’s never enough to make up for the repetitious nature of the story. Car comes alive, chases around the trapped mechanics, kills a few of them and then retreats. Wash, rinse, repeat.

That there’s a monster living in the car might sound like enough reason to check this out. It’s not. The shapeless creature with a serpentine head is never convincing or effective enough to warrant a recommendation. And the filmmakers never use it to their advantage either. Aside from a laughable climax, the creature is a relative nonentity. So while there is is monster, it’s still a movie about a killer car. And it’s one that we’ve seen before. Only done better countless times elsewhere.

Credit Benjamin Carr’s script for fleshing out a main character worth a damn. It’s the only reason Super Hybrid maintains some interest at the beginning, although even that’s not enough to keep viewers invested in the action. Tilda (Shannon Beckner) is a struggling mechanic saddled with an oppressive cheapskate boss (Oded Fehr) and a deadbeat boyfriend, making her an easy sympathetic mark. The problem here is that nothing in the script grows beyond the first act. Once Fehr is established as a corner-cutting asshole, there’s nothing left for his character. True, he’s revealed to have a conscience at the end, but it’s too little too late. It’s worse in terms of the resident monster. The attack sequences are all shot/handled in exactly the same way so that the film blows its proverbial wad in the middle and serves up the same exact thing ad nausea afterwards.

There’s almost no reason to recommend Super Hybrid. Bad FX, familiar plotting and zero scares/suspense render this a total failure. Sure, it’s watchable, but why would anyone want to? Skip this and revisit the 70s classic The Car instead. It’s what evil drives, after all.

Super Hybrid hits DVD in a fairly reasonable standard definition presentation. There’s nothing outstanding about this transfer, but it’s a respectable viewing experience for those unwilling to splurge for Blu-ray. Anchor Bay also offers decent audio here that will give your speakers a strong workout for a glossy track.

The only extra on the disc is a thirty-minute making-of featurette. Not really worth the time as it’s basically a bunch of hot air. We just watched the movie. We know it’s not all that great so don’t waste my time telling me so.

This one’s just a waste of time, folks. Avoid it.

Special Features

  • Making-of documentary
  • Film

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    Special Features

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    Matt Serafini

    Author (Under the Blade, Feral), slasher movie enthusiast, N7 Operative. Plays games, watches movies, reads books. Occasionally writes about them.

    • Cinemascribe

      Why the fuck is “The Car” always the go to reference for comparative killer automobile flicks and not the immeasurably superior “Christine”?

      I shit you not: For years , every time a film has come along that centers on the concept of a car being used to kill people (or a car choosing to kill people of its own free will) and I read the review, if the movie being critiqued isn’t successful in its aim, at some point the reviewer trots out a reference to this late 70’s cheesefest as an example of how to do it right. Cripes people, Spielberg directed a TV MOVIE called “Duel” that was scarier than “The Car”..and the heavy there wasn’t even the devil, but a good old fashioned asshole trucker who had apparently been on the road too long and had taken one too many doses of Vivarin.

      Yeah, sure, I acknowledge that “The Car” scared the hell out of me when I first saw it. That’s because I was eight. I’ve managed to revisit it a few times since and – aside from one admittedly brilliant sequence were the title transport descends upon and drives through a house – the film is fairly flat and overwrought,with hammy performances and a climax that I actually had to see a second time to remember.

      Give me the movie with the Plymouth Fury from Hell running down a scuzzball in the middle of the night on a lonely stretch of highway while covered in flames or using her front grille to vivisect the guy who defecated on her dashboard (all while blasting “Little bitty pretty one” ) any day.

    • The Woman In Black

      We had pretty much the same reaction — didn’t even make it all the way through to the halfway point. But then we heard there was a monster so UC wants to give it another shot. I was on the fence until reading this review — think I’ll let him revisit it alone.

    • Foywonder

      I’m going to write something here that people are usually saying to me.

      You’re being way too harsh on this film.

      Counterpoint: http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/super-hybrid-2011

      • aliensharkboy

        I completely agree with you Foy! One of my favourite B-movies of this year so far!

        It went in all the directions I wanted it to!
        Lots of action and I loved the cheap CGI squid thing inside the car disguise.

        I guess I mainly liked it coz of it’s action scenes, they’re the kind I love and they were all fairly well pulled off!