From what has become one of my favorite thriller/horror production companies now, Blumhouse and comic-turned-director Jordan Peele (of Mad TV and Key & Peele fame) comes Get Out – and it’s gaining a lot of attention because of how damn creepy it is. In my book, it’s an instant classic.
Nuclear Neighbourhood is a Independent feature horror comedy film written & directed by Matt J Oliver. Produced by Megan Schultz & Matthew J Oliver from Oliverschultz Film ltd.
Nuclear Neighbourhood surrounds three teenagers. Lizzy, a female punk rocker, Dan a regular ordinary guy and Eugene a typical nerd. Together they live in a small suburban neighbourhood in the fictional town of West Lark. There’s a strange mysterious large house in the neighbourhood that everyone is curious about, for good reason… Weird flashes of light appear in the sky over the house at night on a regular basis. People are disappearing from the neighbourhood at an alarming rate. One night Dan’s girlfriend Sandra is kidnapped in a van. The three friends soon discover that Sandra must have been taken to the strange house and now they must break in to rescue their friend. What awaits them inside the house is a labyrinth of toxic traps and something even deadlier is happening in the basement. Will they survive? Or will it be a Nuclear Nightmare..?
The Video Review
The Written Review
First of all, I would like to extend my apologies to Matt for the tremendous delay. He sent us this film before they released it in Summer 2014 and we managed to drop the ball pretty hard. Fortunately, Matt is a real cool guy and reminded us to finish the work – which we did! As a small consolation for the lateness of this review, I decided to also give it the video review treatment!
Now, on to the review. I’m not real sure where to start with NN – it’s definitely a campy movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but there are some serious moments. Things start off quickly with scenes of an eerie mansion and a shady van patrolling the ‘hood, undoubtedly up to no good. Of course, there’s a quick kidnapping by a creep and soon the friends of the misplaced step up to solve the crime.
Upon entering the house, the group encounters a menagerie of bizarre situations and characters, ranging from silent knife wielding wackos to resident mutant rocker Bud. The group manages to stumble across the way to access the obligatory basement laboratory, and have a chance to rescue the damsel and end the horror show that is plaguing the neighborhood!
There were some great camera angles, characters, and lines. We really thought the CGI was impressive (if a little cheesy, but hey, you actually did some post work). The music added a TON to the atmosphere as well. There are some minor issues with pacing and plot development, but if anything it adds to the campy and grungy feel of the flick. I got the same vibe I got from other great B-movie fare like The Toxic Avenger and other Troma masterpieces.
Overall, we found NN to be an enjoyable movie, especially if you are a fan of B-movies and campy horror. It was a worthy candidate for our first *International* independent film submission! I would like to extend kudos to Matt for incorporating CG effects into the film – something that I have yet to attempt. Meeting Bud was a trip and I think that he’s definitely got a future in the series. This definitely should be a series. I’m thinking about a 4-5 film story arc with promotional tie-ins.
This movie emits a warm and enjoyable radiation!
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