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Facility, The (Blu-ray / DVD)

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The Facility (Blu-ray / DVD)Starring Aneurin Barnard, Alex Reid, Chris Larkin

Directed by Ian Clark

Distributed by New Video Group


Whether it’s Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians, Sean Cunningham’s Friday the 13th, or Adam Wingard’s You’re Next, the traditional slasher is usually a numbers-dwindling game. The Facility is no different in that regard. But instead of a blade-wielding psychopath, the cunning killer is a kooky chemical that’s been given to a handful of human guinea pigs.

Our victim pool consists of seven cash-strapped strangers trialing a pharmaceutical product called PRO-9. The hapless volunteers are shuttled to a super-secret facility out in the isolated countryside and warned of possible side effects. The usual: sleepiness, nausea, vertigo, itching and swelling, etc. But the doc neglects to mention the uncontrollable murderous rages, terrifying hallucinations, and psychotic carnage. Oops.

Some of the test subjects receive placebos, while others get the PRO-9 injection. Which are which is revealed throughout the night as the medical staff is put on permanent leave and the body count rises.

The Facility is mighty gory. Between the poor saps tearing themselves apart due to delusions and those being on the receiving end of the many readily-available medical instruments, you’ll be getting your money’s worth in blood with this flick.

Writer/director Ian Clark has hardly invented a better mousetrap here, but The Facility proves that you don’t need a big budget or gobs of CGI to deliver something worthwhile. The interesting (if standard) characters are portrayed by very good actors, the location (warrens of hallways and spooky clinic rooms) is effective, and the ever-popular bio-horror premise keeps the flick trotting along at a brisk pace for its 90-odd minutes.

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    2 1/2 out of 5

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    • Diavolo

      Odd. I’d agree with nearly everything written in the review, but would score the film at least one dagger higher. While nothing spectacular, everything the film tries to do, it does extremely effectively (including a decent ironic ending).
      I do however find the opening analogy of the review curious. The same rationale could be applied to The Thing – “But instead of a blade-wielding psychopath, the cunning killer is a mimic alien that’s imitating a handful of arctic scientists.” Just feels like a slightly irrelevant comment to make about this film.