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Biophage (2010)

Not Rated | | Horror | January 2010 (USA)
Through the tattered remains of a post-apocalyptic civilization, Sgt. Cain and Dr. Bell make their way back from the Center for Disease Control. Their mission to find signs of human life a ... See full summary »

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Mark A. Rapp (as Mark Rapp)

Writers:

Steven F. Clark, Mark A. Rapp (as Mark Rapp)
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Credited cast:
Aaron Jackson ... Dr. Bell
Ron Marnich ... Sgt. Cain
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawn Ali Dawn Ali ... Bianca
Steven F. Clark Steven F. Clark ... Reverend Shearer
Robert Curtis Robert Curtis ... Captain Rheinhardt
Brian Hillard Brian Hillard ... Frye
William Kania ... Army Soldier
Kristin Pfeifer ... Julia Miller
Ernest Charles Rapp Ernest Charles Rapp ... Carter
John Yost ... Dr. Miller
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Through the tattered remains of a post-apocalyptic civilization, Sgt. Cain and Dr. Bell make their way back from the Center for Disease Control. Their mission to find signs of human life a failure, they are returning to Mt. Bethel; the military research hospital from which they were sent. On their way back, Sgt. Cain and Dr. Bell encounter the remnants of humanity which, through an accidental release of a bio-chemical agent, have transformed into the undead-like "BIOPHAGES". However, they soon find that their biggest problem isn't the 'phages, but surviving together. Encounters with the occasional survivor, some friendly, some with ulterior motives, mark their journey while back at Mt. Bethel, Dr. Miller races to develop a cure. At the will of Dr. Miller, treachery and betrayal loom on the horizon as the two try to reach Mt. Bethel, and the final destiny of humanity. Written by Anonymous

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There is no cure for damnation

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Horror

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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$10,000 (estimated)
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Black and White (16 mm version)

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1.33 : 1
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From THE HACKER'S SOURCE, issue # 21, page 32
5 August 2010 | by rhondawalters1129See all my reviews

Directed by Mark A. Rapp/Hard To Get Productions

A plague has rocked the world. Zombies thrive and man tries to survive. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It's the basis for many zombie films we all love. A smart filmmaker takes this formula, adding his own twist and storytelling to it. Mark Rapp is a smart man.

The CDC is trying to find a cure. The few survivors are either immune or injecting themselves daily with an experimental drug they hope will ward off the sickness. Mobile One is trying to return to Mt. Bethel before all supplies are gone. Our plot unfolds, insanity runs amok as man's greed, betrayal and instinct of survival rules.

I think, first, I have to warn you. This is not your standard brain munching film. Don't expect mobs of flesh hungry walking dead, buckets of oozing intestines and a blood splattered screen. Rapp instead has given us a suspenseful, psychological thriller. This is it. This is the end. Our last few human survivors. Will they succumb to man's self destructive fate, destined to wander a deadened world? Rapp makes you ponder your own morals and question just how far you would go to live in a vanishing world.

It's rare these days I can find a film that makes me think. A film that makes me question myself and whether I would do right by my morals or do they change once society no longer exists? After all, in the end, you only have yourself.

Shot in black and white, the style of the film works to intensify the story. It is a bleak time for mankind. Zombie make-up is above average for a low budget film, done by Make-Up Supervisor Steven F. Clark and Key SPFX Effects Make-Up Evolution Effects Studio, Inc. To be honest, I usually don't pay much attention to the musical score (by Kirk Hazen and Mark A. Rapp) unless it irks the crap out of me, or stands out for some reason. And I am not a wizard when it comes to music, but I do know it heightened my film experience.

Acting is also above the norm with marvelous performances by our leads Ron Allen Marnich and Aaron Jackson. I would have liked to have seen Dawn Ali get more screen time. It's a shame her skills were not put to better use.

This is the first non-gore zombie film I would ever recommend to my readers. Currently seeking distribution, keep an eye out for this gem in the future.

by Eve Blaack

NOTE: Since this review, BIOPHAGE has found distribution with Midnight Releasing and is available online and in selected stores.


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