is a low
budget horror movie about zombies. Someone somewhere has released a
biochemical agent that has turned just about everybody in the world
into biophages (zombies). A few people have survived—so far, anyway—but
with so many hungry biophages roaming the streets avoiding an
unwanted lunch date is no easy matter.
The two main characters are a soldier named Cain and his travelling companion Dr. Bell. The beginning of the movie finds
them in a small town, busy looking for survivors. They don’t find a
single one, just lots and lots of zombies and they are forced to make a
hasty exit in their car.
A few miles farther down the road the car runs out of fuel and Cain and
Bell, who need to get back to the Mount Bethel military research
hospital, are forced to continue the rest of their journey on foot.
They also need to seek out some much needed medical supplies. Needless
to say their journey is considerably more dangerous without their car
and they encounter plenty of biophages. They also meet a few fellow
survivors, most of whom prove to be every bit as dangerous as the
Back at Mount Bethel Dr Miller and his team are busy trying to find a
cure for the phage, but Miller is becoming increasingly distracted
because his marriage is failing and he lays a lot of the blame for this
on Caine because the soldier had an affair with Miller’s wife Julia.
It’s over now, but Miller is not the kind of man to forgive and forget
and he gets in touch with Bell via the radio and tells him to kill
Cain. If he does not he will not be allowed back inside the base.
Killing someone in cold blood goes against everything that Bell
believes in, but he istrapped between a rock and a hard place, so while
Caine sleeps soundly, and enjoys erotic dreams of Julia, Bell has a
is not particularly scary or horrific and timid viewers need not
be worried they will be confronted by a lot of blood and gore. There
few nasty scenes, but the movie was shot in black and white, so any
blood and gore that is on offer has very little shock factor value
Not many movies are shot in black and white these days, and why the
producers decided to so in this case is a complete mystery to me, but
the lack of colour did not spoil my enjoyment of the movie.
There were a few times, however, when the screen suddenly got a little
brighter or darker for no apparent reason, and on several occasions the
sound levels fluctuated, but Biophage was made on a budget of just $10,
000; so it is easy to be a little forgiving about any minor flaws in the
quality of the production; and it has to be said that the quality of the acting is extremely
good for such a low budget film.
Because I liked the characters so much I would have preferred to have seen happier ending, but
the way it all turns out works well, and if I am honest about it the
producer’s chosen ending is probably more powerful than a happy one.
I’d be more than happy to watch this one again someday so if I were
giving it marks out of ten I would probably award Biophage with a much
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