Film Review: Feral — A new review on an old scheme


The Infected have managed to transform right in front of our eyes, to the point where nothing seems new anymore. This review is about one such film that appears to just be whitewashed infected scenarios leaving a bitter black taste in your mouth.

*This Review Contains Spoilers*

The Transformation

When 28 Days Later sprinted onto the screen in 2002 it gave us a whole new genre of zombie, The Infected. No longer were these zombie-like attackers going through the slow metamorphosis of devolving into undead creatures hellbent on devouring our brains and flesh. The Infected changed at an alarmingly fast rate, it was sudden, bloody and very violent.

After 2002 slow moving zombies nearly became a thing of the past. Apparently fast was in and it seemed to put a stake in the older format. Everyone wanted to incorporate this new style and make their zombies fast. Which was fine, for a season.

Turn, Turn, Turn

Call me old-fashioned but I enjoy my slow-moving walkers. Call me crazy but the infected terrify me because you know, what if? The thought of being stalked by any thing is scary enough. But by some thing whose only desire is your guts strewn about the place just for its guttural pleasure and it’s moving faster than you are…yep you’re breakfast! But I digress.

The Scenario

Feral takes place in the woods with three young couples on vacation. As usual, there is some type of sexual tension between one or two of the couples. This being Jesse who is with Gina but is still in love with Alice who is now with Jules. These are played by Brock Kelly, Landry Allbright, Scout Taylor-Compton and Olivia Luccardi, respectively.

After Matt and Brienne, played by George Finn and Renee Olstead are attacked by the infected creature things take a turn for the worst. Talbot, played by Lew Temple arrives on the scene the next morning to help the displaced and scared campers.

Eyes That Cannot See

Back at Talbot’s lodge, Alice for some reason or other begins to feel uncomfortable about Mr. Talbot and his intentions. Unbeknownst to Alice and the remaining campers, Talbot knows exactly what they are up against. When he tries to explain and tell them what must be done, Alice does not buy it and tosses him into the cellar.

This is what I don’t get about people unable to believe whats right in front of their eyes. Seeing what has happened to her friends after being bitten by the infected is not enough to convince Alice to do what must be done. Her moral compass is far too high, thinking she can save her friends from an incurable disease that could destroy all of humanity if it leaves that forest!

Final Revelation

Once the house is surrounded by infected, Alice is still torn between saving and killing those she called friends. But once she makes the choice to do what she must it’s literally too late, everyone except her and Jules are turned or turning. She only chooses to kill to save her girlfriend and I simply could not forgive that.

Unfortunately, during a tussle with one of the infected Jules sustained a scratch that began to take its effects on her. Jules begged Alice (of all people) to end it for her, Alice could not and instead left Jules to end her own life. If you ask me, Alice really sucks as a friend. Nothing she did helped any person in this film and her character made it really hard to root for her.

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But that is my opinion, you are welcome to check Feral out for yourself and let me know what you think. Until next time kiddies, Auf Wiedersehen.