I've seen so many films lately about islands with monsters on them that it's putting me off going on holiday. Terence Daw's Surviving Evil sees a film crew head for a remote island in the Philippines to film a documentary but they soon come to realise they have chosen the wrong island. A group of natives at the outset are attacked by a group of bloodthirsty creatures, with their desire for pregnant women being top of their list of priorities. With the natives wiped out the strange creatures known as Aswang turn their focus on the film crew.
Our crew are made up of the leader Seb (Billy Zane), Phoebe (Chrstina Cole), Joey (Joel Torre), Dex (Colin Moss), Rachel (Louise Barnes) and Chill (Natalie Mendoza) who is the guide. There are tensions in the camp. Dex and Rachel are former lovers and though Dex is over it, Rachel clearly isn't. This makes things difficult when Dex becomes friendly with Chill. If that isn't enough, Seb and Phoebe have slept together weeks before and on the island she discovers she is pregnant. Not ideal with the resident creatures being drawn to pregnant women. Soon our friends are faced with a struggle for survival and predictably one amongst them is on the island for reasons other than filming a documentary. Who will make it to the end though?
It's a crying shame to see an actor like Billy Zane in a film like this. The personal tension between the characters tries to keep us interested until the monsters start to attack but once they have appeared this descends into just another mediocre horror flick. It's not completely clear where the Aswang have come from and how they survive given how swiftly they slaughter their victims. I was amazed anything was alive on the island still! The ending is somewhat open-ended, perhaps hinting at something sinister, but such is the abruptness you'll be left to speculate over that one.
Surviving Evil is an apt title in many ways. It could be deemed self- referential given how poor the overall experience is. You will survive to the end of the film's short run-time but you're unlikely to feel bowled over or liberated after sitting through this. There must be someone out there that can furnish Zane with a better project than this. I think of him in Dead Calm and wonder how did he get here?
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?