HIDDEN HORROR FOR ST. PATRICK’s DAY – ISOLATION (2005)

isolation HAPPY ST. PATRICK’ DAY HORRORFIENDS! so here at Hidden Horrors instead of suggesting you all watch one of the terrible Leprechaun movies for this day instead we will suggest an actual horror movie from Ireland! a slow-burn but dread inducing Irish creature-feature “ISOLATION”

A broke Irish farmer rents his farm to scientist to test and research genetic modification to cattle to increase fertilization. Naturally something goes terribly wrong and a freshly born calf is pregnant with parasite like creatures that can borrow into both cows and people and can also infect them. All the parasites are killed except for one, so farmer, the scientist and a couple have to survive and find the creature which is growing in size in the now quarantined farm.

Right from the beginning of this film there is already a sense of building dread from the atmosphere and the tone. The film sets this up pretty decent and only builds from there and gets even better once the characters discover what they are dealing with. The movie also takes its time getting to the horror not rushing anything, nor over bearing the viewer with too much character development. The characters are understandable and that works. During the horror the characters actually have realistic reactions to it and even more understandable solutions to the problems. There is something about the characters and reactions in this film that you would hardly find in a american film. Lets face it American horror victims are incredibly stupid.

Now the Monster in this film is truly odd yet nightmarish. Imagine a log of pink bloody flesh that slithers along and does nasty things and you are on the right track. Now not only is the monster a little cringe inducing but there is also a little body-horror and paranoia thrown in as well with the characters becoming worried and aggressive over the creature being able to infect them. In subtle ways the film reminded me of the fear and paranoia in John Carpenters The Thing.

So this St.Patricks Day skip those awful Leprechaun movies and seek out this actual good little monster movie from Ireland instead. Drink some green beer and enjoy – James J. Coker

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