MOVIE REVIEW: Hungerford

In Movies by Beyond The Geek2 Comments

If you’ve seen the trailer stop, just stop! Let’s move past this the fact you’re saying by the trailer this looks like Blair Witch, Cloverfield, or every other lost footage flick previously made.  Let’s  move past this comparison, it’s there so let’s accept it….have fun with it.

What writer,director, star Drew Casson has done is created an enjoyable You Tube-FSP-Sci-Fi-Bug infested escape for your eyes to feast on.  Did I mention Drew is 19? Yah, 19, he’s got several IMDB  credits under his belt. What were you doing at 19? My mom might read this so I’m not  going to confide in you what I was doing, but it wasn’t writing or directing a motion picture. Don’t get me wrong, I was making films   with my friends but nothing worth watching.  More montages of my geeks running around with fake guns, quoting rejected Pulp Fiction lines,   scored to Chili Peppers “ScarTissue”…and I’d like to thank the Academy….

I am not going to tell you this is most original film you’ll stream, rent, or RedBox this year, ( on iTunes this fall), this is an homage to many films.  I think to his credit, Casson’s story relies on concepts that are familiar to us Sci-Fi and Horror romantics.  The SFX are a real delightful surprise.  The splatter and infesting bugs are better than any indie production I’ve seen, save maybe Garth Evan’s “Monster”.  I don’t want to give too much away, but to me I felt this could be a companion piece to the 70’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The premise is straight forward enough…Casson’s character begins by telling us his going to capture the next 7 days for a project.  This also includes capturing the actions of rather stereotypical flat mates.  Our crew is made up for a bad boy drug dealer, his likable mother hen sister,  a nerd,, Casson’s artistic stoner,  Casson’s rich girl love interest, and pot smoking gun wielding cop.  Lucky for us, Aliens attack their sleepy little town of Hungerford, so we don’t have to get to know them any better than this.

Our creatures are the standard burrow in your spin turn their host into zombie slaves that only know how to kill and are seemly indestructible expect for a nasty allergic reaction to an everyday grooming product.  I won’t tell you, but it smells of “Signs” and or the camp classic “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”. I’ve taken enough of your time, in conclusion…watch “Hungerford”, above all things it’s fun and will satisfy your love for Sci-Fi gore (at least for a bit).  Oh, and keep the name Drew Casson in your mental Rolodex, I know I will.

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  • Loving the review, not least as you’ve seen how good Drew is – I’m Terry the ‘pot smoking gun wielder cop’ and we had great fun filming and the premiere at the BFI was truly awesome. Expect great things from Drew in the future!

  • Ben Duff

    Nigel! please to meet you via the internet. Looked like a trip, and you guys seemed very close knit. Had a lot of fun watching it. Thanks for including us.