Doug Roos’ Sky Has Fallen Award Winning Post-Apocalyptic Horror
Doug Roos Director, Writer
Release Date: In Film Festival Circulation
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: N/A
Horror Sub-Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Running Time: 1h 20min
Within a couple of hours, a new disease wipes out almost all of mankind. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures, carrying away the dead and experimenting on them. Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears.
“The Sky Has Fallen” is one of the most acclaimed cinematic experiences in Horror. Doug Roos calibrated a tuned example of visual decadence. Many in the film community cite practical effects as the film’s major contributor.
Roos is no stranger to the Horror genre. Roos, in his latest release, uses a creative direction with practical effects. Make-up design and related artistry is a fading medium in today’s Horror market. With the advancement of computers, most productions seek to use alternatives with CGI-based visuals. Tragic.
“The Sky Has Fallen” is not the first indie film to feature practical effects as a centerpiece. In 2015, Alec Gillis unveiled a sci-fi, Horror film with emphasis on the handcrafted medium. Horror is an ever-changing platform. On one side, Hollywood churns money making derivatives. The other, indie filmmakers are turning to ways that keep audiences riveted.
Does “The Sky Has Fallen” recalibrate the Horror genre? It doesn’t. Yet, Roos offers a contribution that aids in the genre’s development.
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Art in any medium or genre is not savored with a casual viewing. The same rule applies with “The Sky Has Fallen”. To the untrained eye, unfolding scenes appear just as any other Horror film. Yet, that is not the case. “The Sky Has Fallen” amassed distinguished awards during its film festival circulation.
• 2009 Freak Show Horror Film Festival, Best Horror Feature
• 2009 Indie Gathering Film Festival, Best Horror Feature
• 2015 Global Independent Film Awards, and Best Horror Feature
2016 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. “The Sky Has Fallen” was also nominated for Best FX at the 2012 Maverick Movie Awards. Also, the film won Best Practical Special Effects at the 2015 Fantasmagorical Film Festival.
One defining component does not support film as a whole. What are the other qualities “The Sky Has Fallen” offers? Doug Roos penned an amazing script. The narrative delivers intimacy between spectator and the fictional characters. Explored are intricacies of raw emotions. Roos created a multi-leveled exhibition on retribution, acceptance, and savageness.
“The Sky Has Fallen” incorporates elements found in the gaming community. The film parallels a live action adaptation of a survival horror video game. Contained in “The Sky Has Fallen” are three consecutive sequences. These intervals are;
• Intimate spotlight on the protagonists,
• Antagonists committing dominant acts of violence
• Battles against good and evil
The resemblance between Doug Roos’s film and a survival Horror video games is indisputable. To solidify this comparison, Roos also presents battles with “bosses”. Gamers are well-versed with these situations. These are scenes that portray the protagonists against stronger oppositions.
The sequence of events is mere iterations that weigh down the viewing experience.“The Sky Has Fallen” does offer intense moments. The protagonists find themselves engaging in climatic episodes of survival. Yet, this format has a templated format. The proposed intensity loses its value after the first couple of reveals.
“The Sky Has Fallen” is set against a wilderness backdrop. While the narrative matures the setting fails to develop. Absent here are a lack of reference points. Wide established shots or an overhead shot of the area would be most welcome. Also, diverse settings with relation to evolving backstories were a much-needed addition.