Parasites Imitates Doesn’t Innovate Survival Horror
Parasites Film Details
Director: Chad Ferrin
Writer: Chad Ferrin
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Release Format: Video On Demand
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 21min
Three friends find themselves lost on Skid Row and are captured by an angry homeless gang.
Enjoy survival Horror themes? These are films that on majority presents the conflict of man versus man. This film concept developed at a fast pace over the years. James DeMonaco‘s Action, Thriller franchise is a notable example of this sub-genre. There is a sense of realism conjured in survival Horror themes. The hunter and the hunted is the central component. With this comes a defining aspect of opposing forces. This crucial part of this story element is structure. There need to be a frightening reason and explanation for the thrill of the hunt.
Chad Ferrin presents his version of survival horror with Parasites. How does this film redefines the ever-changing sub-genre?
The cinematography is decent. Filming occurs on the streets of California in the dead of night. The production has a guerilla filmmaking aesthetic giving a sense of realism. Elaborate camera angles heighten the tension filled moments.
The acting also receives merits. Emotions are raw and have a strong projection from each member of the cast. Robert Miano delivers intensity in his performance becoming the highlight of the film. Sean Samuels relates the average joe turned survivalist with a seasoned performance.
Parasites commit to regurgitating ideas. In turn, Ferrin’s vision abandons a position as an entertaining original. For the complete running time, presented is lackluster cut and paste exhibitions. There’s a fine line between inspiration and emulation and Parasites commits to the latter.
The ending for Parasites also mirrors the final moments from George A. Romero‘s 1968 film. Romero presents this controversial scene at a time that best reflects social unrest. Ferrin does conjure controversy with the final scene. Yet, in Parasites, it cements a film charged with racist and stereotype tones.
The characters presented in Parasites are one dimensional. Neither the protagonist or the antagonist have a solid backstory audiences can connect with. Another problem area for Parasites is the lack of storyline. What is the motivation for each opposing forces? Why the basis for the hunt? The antagonist, Wilco provides a reason for his murderous ways. Yet, his view is so thin his henchmen don’t seem to follow this ideology.
The series of circumstances that put the victims in their dire situation is far fetched. From the start, Parasites has a detachment from reality. It is also hard to grasp that the police are absent from blocks of urban California.
Parasites is a carbon copy of classic and modern ideas. The acting is refined yet the roles have a weak backstory. The cinematograhy is decent yet only captures tension when creativity applied. A nonexisting plot carries the film.
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