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In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of survivors must face supernatural forces, homicidal religious cult members, as well as their own fears and suspicions of Armageddon, in order to survive. Written by
Toronto international film festival
For such a low budget movie, this one really shocks and impresses. End of the Line so much fun that it feels like it could have been made in the 80s, with its old-school squishy/bloody special effects and reverence for the genre.
I've seen this described as a zombie movie, which isn't exactly accurate, though it does conform to some of the classic on-screen logistics and concerns of the zombie film. It's actually about an urban cult of Jesus freaks whose crackpot reverend orders them all to go out and "save" everyone they can by stabbing them with crucifix-daggers. We also get occasional glimpses of a demonic invasion, though it's tastefully left up to the viewer's judgment whether the beings are actually real, imagined, or the effect of TV-and-radio-induced subliminal brainwashing.
The scenario of a group of strangers banding together to defend themselves against a legion of murderous maniacs is straight out of Romero's zombie films, but given the twist of taking place in a cavernous subway system. Also, the fact that the "zombies" are spiritual fanatics recalls the idea behind Larry Cohen's God Told Me To. End of the Line, then, comes from a background of being influenced by intellectually inclined independent horrors, and should please fans of that type of film.
Mainly, though, End of the Line is just a big blast to watch, and you should check it out if it ever shows up at a festival or video store near you.
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