Parasites Imitates Doesn’t Innovate Survival Horror

Parasites Film Details Chad Ferrin Parasites

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. Chad Ferrin Parasites


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.

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Chad Ferrin presents his version of survival horror with Parasites. How does this film redefines the ever-changing sub-genre? Chad Ferrin Parasites


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. Chad Ferrin Parasites


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. Chad Ferrin Parasites

In conclusion:

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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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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