The first movie I saw at this summer’s Fantasia Film Festival was THE BREACH, a body horror film with dash of Lovecraft elements. It’s the second feature from Rue Morgue president Rodrigo Gudino and executive produced by Slash from Guns N’ Roses, who also provides some music! It’s a film adaptation of the Audible original of the same name written by Canadian Horror Author Nick Cutter.
A small town in the country is left in shock when a boat washes ashore with a corpse that seems to have been turned inside out. The body is identified as a local scientist that lives in seclusion in the outskirts of town. The Town Sheriff John Hawkins (Allen Hawco) only has a few days left in his job before he lives this town forever, this will be his final job, he put together a team to check on the mysterious scientist cabin.
The Sheriff’s team consists of two other people, Local Coroner Jacob Redgrave (Wesley French) and Charter boat Captain Meg Fulbright (Emily Atalo). Once they get to the scientist cabin they start noticing weird things around this environment. They eventually learn that experiments have been done in this cabin that will unleash something terrible into our world. There is something in the cabin that causes humans to mutate into something horrible.
THE BREACH is a great body horror film and something to look forward to if you love gory Sci-Fi horror films. The metamorphosis that occurs to the infected humans will terrify you; the infected people look like a Picasso painting made from flesh and guts with people growing extra eyes and extra noses. The special FX looks fantastic with a combination of practical makeup FX and digital Effects. The work is so well done you can’t tell where the practical and Digital FX begin or end. Towards the end of the film this turns into a siege movie with most horrible zombies this side of THE LAST OF US.
Earlier I mentioned that Slash not only produced but provided the music, and it’s also great. I would love to see him score more genre films as his music style is like a more HEAVY METAL version of the music that John Carpenter writes. It matches well with the otherworldly atmosphere of the film. This is one of the best films out of Fantasia this year.