In the outskirts of a war torn city where the population has mutated into hideous cannibalistic creatures. A lone mutant wanders through the post apocalyptic landscape with his new born son but manages to find companionship in the most unlikely of places.
Sometimes hopeless optimism can pay off; I absolute dread everything that Chemical Burn sends me, yet I haven't asked them to stop sending their screeners. (Still a mystery as to how they got my information.) The track record speaks for itself but I still watch each movie hoping I'll find something that isn't some horrendous mountain of shit. I think I may have finally found that with their zombie cannibal post-apocalyptic feature "The Defiled".
Even though the creatures have distinct zombie like qualities, in this distant future dystopian post-apocalyptic tale, what they really are, or rather, what they are supposed to be are mutated cannibals. Surviving and continuing on due to basic animalistic tendencies, we follow a small clan of these monsters as they ban together to survive. After a batch of chemical waste wipes out most of the clan, a nameless man takes his newborn son and wanders around the desolate landscape, on the run from the military and other infected humans who wish to consume him and his child. Unexpectedly, the man finds refuge and company with an uninfected woman whom he helped rescue from another clan of bloodthirsty creatures.
"The Defiled" is an interesting experiment that seems to take quite a bit from George Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead" and puts a different spin on it by reversing the roles of the humans and monsters. Instead of following humans trying to survive the aftermath of an apocalypse, we get to follow the creatures that have to suffer the same perils as the uninfected. It's a great concept and an ambitious project to boot as dialogue is non-existent and the story needs to be told through emoting, actions, and primal grunts. And normally I detest movies that reduce the color of the picture down to a two to three color pallet. Here though, the filtered image of blue and white does nicely to reflect the tone that the movie is going for.
The only problem is that the concept is far more interesting than the actual movie is itself. Actually, the execution is done quite well for an obvious micro-basement production. The real problem of the movie is the runtime -- at a dragged out hour and forty minutes, the movie becomes extremely boring in more than a few parts. The idea of "The Defiled" would have worked wonderfully as a short film of around thirty or forty minutes. As long as it is now, the runtime is padded with horribly dull scenes of the man and the woman stumbling around while we listen to the cries of a baby. Reducing the movie down to its key scenes would have made the movie far more successful and still pack that punch that the concept has.
"The Defiled" is a good movie with a great concept and is decently executed but sadly it's still another title that I can't see myself recommending. The unnecessarily slow pace from the tedious scenes of two characters doing little more than walking around really hurt the movie. Sadly, I know that most people snub their noses to short films but this is one of those concepts that could only work in a short format. There isn't anything that they could have added that would have improved the movie as a feature length -- it's a situation where less would have been more.