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Chrysalis (2014)

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Joshua and Penelope are survivors of a deadly infection that laid waste to humanity 25 years ago. When they encounter fellow survivor Abira, their lives are forever changed as they fight off the remnants of the infected.



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Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film, set 25 years after a biological terrorist attack unleashes a virus upon the world, transforming much of humanity into vicious creatures and laying waste to civilization. The remnants and survivors have staggered about for years, as the "infected" slowly starve and die off. Our story follows Joshua (Cole Simon) and Penelope (Sara Gorsky), two such survivors who have banded together in the hope of rescuing others and hopefully rebuilding civilization. When they encounter Abira, the lone survivor of another group, their worlds and goals are irrevocably altered, and they must face new and terrifying challenges if they are to survive. Written by John Klein

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore, and a scene of sexuality/nudity

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Release Date:

24 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battle Apocalypse  »

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first time the filmmakers had used Kickstarter as a fundraising tool, They were able to raise over $35,000 from a pool of about 370 backers with a strong social media campaign, as well as creative perks like the chance to be an infected in the film and a "survival kit" that included a bunch of uniquely themed prizes. See more »

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A wonderful, human and moving film
21 February 2015 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

I was more than surprised by the quality of this movie, especially when I found out the previous title was "Battle Apocalypse." I'm glad they changed it to Chrysalis, because a serious drama benefits from a serious (and not overdone) metaphor.

The locations and cinematography are excellent, as are the dialog and acting. I don't have any real complaints - this isn't an action or horror film, though action and horror both play a part. This is a very human film, driven around the nuances of character and relationship, and to boot is much more hopeful than most of the post- apocalyptic genre. I'm very glad I saw this movie, and hope the filmmakers make many more.

Much more solid and assured than most indie films, this might be the best one I've seen at any film festival.

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