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Evilution (2008)

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  • Genre: Horror
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $1,200,000(estimated)
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  • IMDb page: Evilution (2008)
  • Rate: 3.9/10 total 471 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $1,200,000(estimated)
  • Director: Chris Conlee
  • Stars: Eric Peter-Kaiser, Tim Colceri and Sandra Eloani
  • Original Music By: Alan Howarth   
  • Soundtrack: Rush
  • Plot Keyword: Zombie | Sergeant | One Word Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Brian Patrick O'Toole 

Known Trivia

    Plot: An alien bacterium resurrects the dead on Earth.  »

    Story: An alien bacterium resurrects the dead on Earth.

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: A microscopic alien life form has been discovered with the ability to possess the living and resurrect the dead. The United States Army has tried to communicate with it but failed. Instead, the military has tried to create a genetically altered version of the alien in order to resurrect dead soldiers on the battlefield. The alien fights back, turning soldier against soldier. Young scientist Darren Hall kidnaps the last pure specimen of the alien, determined to the reverse the damage inflicted and learn the secrets of life. Hiding in a mysterious building named The Necropolitan, he continues his experiments. On one fateful night, the alien is set loose on the unsuspecting tenants resulting in a new evolution of apocalyptic horror as infected tenants attack the unsuspecting, turning them into a cannibal horde. Darren and a small group of survivors must now find a way to destroy the alien possessed before they can escape into the city and bring forth the end of the human race.

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Damian Collier known as co-producer
    • Franziska Kaiser known as executive producer
    • Tosca Musk known as line producer
    • Brian Patrick O'Toole known as producer
    • Wolf Peter known as executive producer
    • Eric Peter-Kaiser known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Eric Peter-Kaiser known as Darren Hall
    • Tim Colceri known as Sgt. Gabriel Collins
    • Sandra Ramírez known as Madeline 'Maddie' Gilbert
    • Noel Gugliemi known as Random
    • Guillermo Díaz known as Killah-B
    • James Duval known as Asia Mark
    • Nathan Bexton known as The Manager
    • Billy Morrison known as Junkie
    • Peter Stickles known as Stanfa
    • Ben Tolpin known as Nickels
    • Ricky Warwick known as Mr. Stenzel
    • Jeannie Epper known as Mrs. Harris (as Jeannie Epper-Kimack)
    • Jonathan Breck known as Colonel Serna
    • Katie Cazorla known as Nikki
    • David Groh known as Dr. Tyler
    • Danny Downey known as Maintenance Man Jeff
    • Kim Robert Koscki known as Research Scientist (as Kim Koscki)
    • Esteban Cueto known as Body Builder Tenant
    • Bob Yerkes known as Sweat Suit Tenant
    • Mark Preston Miller known as Throat Slash tenant
    • Paul Darnell known as Infected Soldier #1
    • Richard King known as Infected Soldier #2
    • Deron Schroeder known as Infected Soldier #3
    • Jeri Habberstad known as Infected Tenant #1 (as Jeri Kalvan)
    • Victor Lopez known as Infected Tenant #2
    • Bill Leaman known as Infected Tenant #3
    • Tom Cadman known as Delivery Man
    • Joshua Lou Friedman known as Gun Runner
    • Michael Samluk known as Autopsy Soldier
    • Oliver Dear known as Security Guard
    • Bruna Rubio known as Maria
    • Krystal Badia known as Couch Hooker (as Krystal Maria Badia)
    • Don Abernathy known as Alien Possessed Lifeform
    • Marie Antoinette known as Alien Possessed Lifeform (as Marie Valdez)
    • Greg Brown known as Alien Possessed Lifeform
    • Erick Florez known as Alien Possessed Lifeform (as Eric Flores)
    • Norma Jean known as Alien Possessed Lifeform (as Norma Jean Riddick)
    • Lu Johnson known as Alien Possessed Lifeform
    • Jeffrey Scott Jones known as Alien Possessed Lifeform (as Jeff Jones)
    • Jackson Lee known as Alien Possessed Lifeform
    • Carol Shook known as Infected Military Doctor (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Kayla Barry known as key hair stylist
    • Andy Chavez known as special makeup effects artist
    • Rhonda Dobbins known as key makeup artist
    • Nikki Greene known as makeup artist
    • Christina Jeet known as assistant makeup artist
    • Rochelle Kneisely-Fisher known as special makeup effects artist (as Rochelle Kneisley)
    • Alex Noble known as makeup department head
    • Sara Settles known as assistant makeup artist
    • Amy St. Lucas known as assistant makeup artist
    • Ryan Stogner known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Michael Broom known as graffiti artist
    • Michael Broom known as props
    • Jocelyn Coffman known as additional set dresser
    • Oliver Dear known as storyboard artist
    • Brian Dumois known as carpenter
    • Paul Gebeau known as property master (as Paul 'Mongo' Gebeau)
    • Rich Harvey known as additional set dresser
    • John Paul Lee known as leadman
    • Nick Principe known as additional props
    • Emily B. Taylor known as set dresser
    • Vanessa Velez Boswell known as additional props (as Vanessa Velez)

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    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Black Gate Entertainment
    • Black Gate Entertainment
    • Damian Collier Entertainment
    • Island Gateway Films

    Other Companies:

    • BC Editorial  Avid system provided by
    • Burbank Casting  extras casting
    • Clearance Domain  clearances
    • Cut Above Casting Services  extras casting
    • Expendables Recycler  expendables (as The Expendables Recycler)
    • Galpin Motors  truck rental
    • ISS  props
    • Integration Entertainment  producer's representative
    • J.L. Fisher  expendables (as J.L. Fisher Inc.)
    • Jackson Shrub Supply  props
    • Leonetti Company  expendables
    • Leonetti Company  grip and lighting equipment
    • Line 204  expendables
    • Mario Guzman Catering  catering
    • NPI Production Services  payroll services
    • Plastercity Digital Post  post-production services (as Plastercity Digital Post, LLC)
    • Private Island Audio  post-production services
    • State Fund Compensation Insurance  worker's compensation
    • Truman Van Dyke Company  insurance
    • Universal City Studios  art department supplier
    • West Coast Title  titles

    Distributors:

    • Vicol Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)

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    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Oliver Dear known as visual effects
    • Michael Shelton known as visual effects

    Release Date:

    • USA 28 September 2008 (Chicago Horror Film Festival)
    • USA 17 November 2009 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , .

    9 Comments

    1. jimwgarrity from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      I must admit my expectations for this movie were not high. But, aftersitting through the thing, I have to say I'm still surprised at how badit was.

      It is, regardless of how they try to build it up, a zombie movie. Theplot, while somewhat original, is barely held together by a poor scriptand some completely pointless scenes.

      Spoiling this movie, in my opinion, is impossible. The "alien bacteria"is simply some red goop that is injected into people, effectivelyturning them into flesh-eating zombies, who just happen to be possessedby an alien intelligence (who for the most part only has this to say:"Rar!"). What little depth or intrigue is possible with that premise isnever achieved, and I ended up not caring about any of the charactersin the movie or even how it ended.

      The acting itself in the movie is passable, which is why I've giventhis a 2 out of 10 instead of a 1. But I wouldn't recommend this toanyone, even a die-hard zombie movie fan. There is much better fare outthere.

    2. Heislegend from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      I really like how the last review I read here said the poster was"blown away" by this movie. I'm still trying to figure out exactly whatblew them away. Mediocrity, maybe? Hard to say, but that's about allthis movie is chock full of. This movie plays like something that couldbe and may very well have been on The SyFy Channel (that's right…it'sSyFy now and there's not a damn thing you can do about it). So ifyou've seen anything they've ever done you know you should be ready toroll your eyes at least a few times.

      The plot is basically lifted from the few various zombie movie plotsout there. In this case it's all about an alien virus that reanimatesthe dead and is unleashed by a series of military/government mishaps.Now my distrust for the federal government is as healthy or healthierthan most people's but I have to believe they could take out onehapless guy with one small vile of *insert name of unidentifiedchemical agent here*. Whatever. The movie is pretty bland all over. Nostandout acting (or even adequate acting), the special effects aredecent but nothing to write home about, and the story is pretty done todeath.

      The one remarkable thing about this film is how incredibly misleadingthe box art is. Seriously? It makes the movie look like it's completelyaction packed…with the guy holding the assault rifle and whatnot.Yeah…nothing even remotely like that happened in the movie. But Iguess you have to sell blandness somehow.

    3. day_andy (day_andy@hotmail.com) from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      Man, the opening scene was the best in the movie. What happened afterthat was poor acting and a really bad script. Once you have watchedevery movie/TV show you've wanted to watch …and you have nothingleft, this movie should tied you over. Some good actors from back inthe day, like early Dave Chappelle movies make an appearance and thatwas the highlight for me. A crappy zombie movie and I know thateveryone involved knew it, but it was too late, they were alreadymaking it. I'll be fair and say that most of the actors did what theycould, but some were just terrible. This movie is for someone who isbored for a night in, although it will give good entertainment.

    4. Paul Haakonsen from Denmark
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      Despite it being a fairly low budget zombie movie, then it was actuallyquite alright.

      First off, the fact that the infected "zombies" were possessed by alienintelligence or alien lifeforce was a stupid approach. But then again,it sets the movie aside from the many "ordinary" zombie movies outthere. And also the agility and jumping around by most infected was abit over the top.

      The cast was good, even with it being fairly unknown actors/actresses.But they all did good jobs in their roles and made their charactersbelievable.

      There is a handful of gore throughout the movie, and it wasn't tooshabby to look at actually. Again, hats off to the movie makers forthis.

      The ending, well that could have been better.

      Do not watch this movie and expect it to be an ordinary zombie movie.But all in all, not an entirely bad movie. Well worth a watch if youlike zombie movies in either form.

    5. Seb from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      In an army base guarded by two soldiers there's this alien virus, ifyou inject it into someone they turn into a zombie. All of a sudden abespectacled nerd breaks out of the lab with the virus and he's away,out of Iraq and to some slum with only three different scenes. Hereyou'll meet a massively desperate divorcée, a tiresome gang and apointless junkie. The army plan of dropping a bomb on the whole thingstarts to look pretty good about this point. I couldn't get over howtotally disinterested the main actor seemed, he's supposed to be firedup on a mission to inject his mad scientist virus but mopes around likesome guy who has been dragged to the shops on a Saturday morning by hiswife.

      There's very little story here and although the scenes of zombiesmunching people are done reasonably well its hard to really care aboutthe half dozen characters living there.

      The ridiculously grandiose ending lost it a couple of points from mebecause it's fair enough to make a substandard zombie flick but it'snot OK to do that and then act as though you have created some thoughtprovoking masterpiece. This reminds me a bit of Mulberry Street exceptthat's a good movie and this absolutely isn't. The cover also bears nosimilarity to film, always a hallmark of a film that the producers knowdeep down wasn't really good enough.

    6. Nyx_Selene (nyx.selene@gmail.com) from Sweden
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      I never thought I would say this, but this movie is actually worse than"House of the Dead". I was eating dinner while watching it, and itstill made me fall asleep twice.

      The story: Scientist finds alien (or so I'm told) and tries to use itas a weapon (what else?), by having it re-animate dead soldiers. There-animated people turn into flesh-eating zombies, some buildings blowup, leaving only the nerd alive, he moves to a pretty disgustingapartment building, then we get to enjoy some silly over-acted acting,some "scary gang" of 3 guys that couldn't frighten a 4-year-old, andthe most over-acted military hit-man of the year. Nerd tries to perfectthe alien/virus/whatever, after that it turns into "28 days later" fora short while and then comes the predictable, laughable ending.

      This movie is uninteresting at best. The concept has been done numeroustimes before, but better, leaving this try at it clichéd and completelyunfrightening. Had it had some kind of comedy twist or at least beenbad in a way to make it funny, it might (using the term in it's mostextreme meaning) have worked, but the most unforgivable thing about it,is that it's just too boring. Toocan't-keep-my-eyes-open-for-the-love-of-life boring.

    7. pike145 from South Africa
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      This movie was a bit well… not what I was expecting but seriouslyparkour Zombies were bloody awesome even if it was in a few scenes Iwas impressed! Those trauciers are amazing!!! The rest of the movie wasunfortunately… not so grand the only person worth looking at isSandra Ramirez! She really did a top part playing her role! Evilutionis like another zombie flick that fails to deliver. Its story is bothpredictable and seen before. The movie then bases itself in a sleazytrashy building laced with victims to be and the obvious handful ofsurvivors must do whatever it takes to put a stop to it all using whatis commonly or conveniently available. This movie could of been waybetter I give it a two for its good acting and short parkour scenesother than that I say it could of been something worth the watch hadthey only worked a little longer on the plan out rather than justreleasing another over gored zombie flick!

    8. Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      Evilution starts as ex military researcher & soldier Darren Hall(producer Eric Peter-Kaiser) rents a room in an apartment block aftercoming home from a tour in Iraq where he witnessed some horrendousthings & has brought a little something back with him to, an aliensubstance that turns people into mindless zombies (the target audienceof this film then?). While doing his own research to try & understandwhatever he wants to understand one of his neighbours Random (NoelGugliemi) is shot in a gang incident so Darren uses the bright orangeserum to revive Random but he, like the other's, turns into a ravenousflesh-eating zombie that spreads the zombie virus to whoever he bites.It's up to Darren & army guy Sgt. Gabriel Collins (Tim Colceri) todestroy the infected people in order to contain the virus & stop thezombie plague from reaching the outside world where the whole humanrace would be at risk…

      Directed by Chris Conlee this is yet another dull horror film made bypeople who think just because they have a camcorder they can make afilm, the best I can say about it is that it's competent & passes thetime without being too painful to watch but there's little here toreally recommend. For a start the DVD cover is totally misleading,there's little or no action in it & the first forty minutes is morelike a poorly written soap opera full of clichéd dramatics as Darrenmoves into a new apartment & has problems with noisy neighbours & fallsfor the pretty girl who lives down the hall, after the opening fewminutes there is no zombie action at all until the forty five minutemark which is just to long to keep us waiting as quite frankly I couldsee half the audience already having fell asleep or just turned thedamned thing off. Once the horror aspect does kick in there's nothinghere we haven't seen before & it's pretty forgettable stuff, there's noinventive kills or gore scenes, all of the action is confined to aboutthree apartment block hallways & a stairway before a double endingwhich leaves things open for a sequel, I shudder at the thought. Thecharacter's are pretty bad, Darren is a really bland hero who barelydoes or says anything & why did Darren bring Random back to lifeanyway? Darren obviously knew about the consequences of using theRe-Animator (1985) style glowing serum & he didn't even really knowRandom anyway other than being threatened by him at gunpoint. Also if aman has something which literally has the potential to wipe out thehuman race why would the US military send one middle aged bloke in atight fitting t-shirt to get it back? Wouldn't they send in everythingthey had & ask questions later? Wouldn't they tap his phone & followhim? If they thought he posed so much of a risk wouldn't they just killthe guy? The alien itself is never seen, it's referred to as an alienbut we only ever see a bright orange serum which is injected intopeople so where's the alien?

      The zombies in Evilution are of the infected people running aroundvariety like in 28 Days Later… (2002) rather than the slow movingwalking dead as seen in The Night of the Living Dead (1968). The goreis disappointing with a few gory bite wounds & a bit of blood splatterbut nothing else & nothing memorable or creative & how this won anaward for best special effects is beyond me as the blood looks so thinit's more like red wine. There's one wholly gratuitous naked breastshot as a woman wearing a towel is attacked & it comes right off thusgetting both blood & breast's in the same scene. The whole affair ispredictable, it's not scary or atmospheric & there's no build up oftension either. Very by the numbers.

      With a supposed budget of about $1,200,000 all I'll say is where didall the money go? There's special effects are minimal & cheap, there'slittle or no CGI, it all takes place in one locations over a few sets &there's only three or four leading actors. The production values arereasonable & there's none of that hand-held shaky camcorder look or anyquick editing which is nice but hardly worth recommending it for. Theacting is poor with bland performances throughout.

      Evilution is another horror film that tries to be hip & cool but failswith a slow plot, little or no gore worth mentioning & bland leadingactors. Not to be confused with the infinitely better sci-fi horrorcomedy Evolution (2001) which is actually a great film, unlike this.

    9. JoeB131 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:00 pm

      Because we don't get nearly enough of those, right? If anything, thismovie is quite disjointed. For instance, there is the character of theapartment building manager, who is this effete intellectual philosopherwho seems to have no place running a seedy, inner city hotel. I saythis, because it is obvious this trash was produced by Europeans, andthis is probably how they see America.

      The long and short is that the Army has acquired an alien virus, andtested it on people, turning hundreds into Zombies in Iraq before asmart bomb blew them all up. Then a Captain in the research projectreturns to the states and starts all over again, because, hey, itworked out so well the first time. He injects the virus into agangbanger, and a junkie self-medicates with the rest, until the entirebuilding is overrun with zombies.

      I think there is supposed to be something about the aliens wanting tocommunicate… Not sure, I think it was lost in all the gore.

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