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January 13, 2011

Movie Review: Resonnances (2010)

The awesome dudes at Synapse Films bring us an ultra low budget french/sci-fi/horror-comedy. Intrigued? Dig in on my review below!

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The film opens with asteroids falling into an ancient France and a burrowing monster is unleashed onto the countryside. Cut to hundereds of years later, three friends (Thomas, Yann and geeky Vincent) go road tripping out into the forest for a getaway. On their way they make a stop at a gas station and pick up a stranger asking for a ride. While driving to their destination, the radio reports of an recently escaped psychopath and warns not to pick up any hitchhikers. As the three friends begin to suspect the stranger they have in tow, a strange force causes them to veer off the road and plunge down into the forest. Everyone escapes the crash with minor injuries except for Thomas who is fatally wounded. As they figure out what the hell just happened, the hitchhiker, Sebastian reveals himself as the escaped psycho. As if things couldn't get any worse, they discover the force that knocked them off the road is an underground creature, pissed off and hungry. Fun, low budget goodness ensues.

Resonnances isn't your standard low budget spoof. What makes it a lot of fun to watch are the special & practical effects. Miniatures are used and I loved seeing that, it's extremely obvious but it gives the film a great charm. CGI is used pretty poorly but I blame that on budget restraints since this flick is the definition of shoe string costs. What also made me really enjoy this was the fact you can tell the co. involved within the making really care about their product. Really reminded me of an alien flick from yesteryear. There are a handful of memorable scenes, one including the friends running through a car graveyard with the monster destroying everything.

Synapse Films does it's best bringing this budget oddity to DVD.


*Letterboxed (1.85.1) Presentation
As mentioned previously, this is an extremely low budget affair. This flick isn't meant to look pretty, the grainy video guise serves it well.

*French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Soundtracks
No problems in the sound department for me.

*Newly Translated English Subs

*Theatrical Trailer

Very lite on special features but it is what it is. I definitely recommend Resonnances, it's not for everyone but for those who love low budget horror flicks, this will be right up you're alley.

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