The Horror Honeys: No Chicken Littles Were Harmed in this Movie

No Chicken Littles Were Harmed in this Movie

A Zombie Honey Independent Movie Review by Bella

The Sky Has Fallen (2009)

No budget indie films make my heart go pitter-patter. They are a product birthed by love and, often times, the blood of their creator. 

In the case of The Sky Has Fallen, I hope it wasn’t the writer/director/editor Doug Roos’ blood. Because he’d be dead by now. 

The Sky Has Fallen came to me, as Zombie Honey, for a quick screen and review, but after watching it, I think any of the Honeys could have reviewed it. With elements of revenge, monsters, slasher, and splatter genres combined, The Sky Has Fallen pretty much feels its way through horror sub genres. Typically this sort of thing wouldn’t work, but it was actually fun to see Roos’ touchstones as he made his way through his first full-length feature.

The Synopsis:
Within a couple of hours, a new disease wipes out almost all of mankind. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures, carrying away the dead and experimenting on them. Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears.

She has a gun, but he has a sword, she better learn some hacking and slashing.
It seems pretty straight forward, but it’s actually far from it. The dead aren’t rising on their own; they are being used as incubators for parasites that birth themselves from the dead and use the bodies as an army to murder and maim. WHAT?! This is some black-metal monster voodoo shit. 

It’s far from being cut and dry. Especially the dry part. Roos does love his practical special effects and blood - which come by the buckets full. The audience is thrown into the middle of the action and the story is given history with radio clip voiceovers. The rest of the background is pieced together through simple, but effective, exposition and flashbacks. And, did I mention the amount of blood and gore? I actually feel like if I don’t bring it up in every paragraph, I’m not doing it justice. It was epic. EPIC.

There’s something on your face. No. There. Yeah. Yeah. You got it.
But, The Sky Has Fallen isn’t without its faults. The action sequences are stiff and slow; the dialogue is often simple and a bit too tortured; the always close-up shots of the special effects leave you wanting to see more of the, literal, bigger picture; and those camera jumps. Oy. Even still, the innovative idea behind the story- and the film quality- more than make up for the buggery of it. What’s more, the special effects. The creatures that rise from the bodies of the dead are creepy. And pointy.

Have you met Nosferatu? You might get along.
Ultimately, knowing that this was a first-time, full length, low/no budget film, I was pleasantly surprised. I think we should see more from Roos. I’ll be paying attention, and wearing my raincoat - because you’re always in the splash zone. 

Seriously though, so much blood. It was awesome.

Zombie Honey Rating: 3 buckets of blood out of 5

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