Reviews Review: Antidote Gives The Effect Of Making Us A Silent Third Companion Published 2 years ago on October 25, 2016 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet In a post-apocalyptic wasteland that shows very little carnage or bodies a brother and sister in law travel across an empty snowy landscape. The camera is often positioned alongside/behind the two at eye level. This gives the effect of making us a silent third companion following the two. At the start it feels a bit like the Blair Witch Project but the cinematography is much more creative and professional than what you’d see in a clichéd found footage movie. The superb sound design and score add pace to what can sometimes be over-lingering scenes of nothing. The sparseness of the sets and action make the end of the world seem quite boring really. Thankfully the cast do a fantastic job at keeping the viewer interested in whether or not they’ll survive. The brother, Matthew (Michael Izquierdo) is showing symptoms of a virus that has decimated the population. There’s a cure that will keep him alive but the side effects will turn him into a violent blood spewing monster. They don’t call them zombies but this is definitely a zombie movie. The gore is used sparingly though. Deaths appear mostly off camera. The makeup effects used to show Matthew’s worsening condition are understated. A blue vein here, a lesion there. It makes the virus and the world the pair live in seem more real. Of course as it spreads the movie turns into a nastier body horror and borrows a few elements from the Fly. When Matthew becomes bedridden the pacing grinds down to a halt and we spend most of the movie following Hannah (Kathleen Wise) as she struggles to keep the two of them alive. Antidote owes so much to her subtle charismatic performance. Without it the film could have been an 80 minute sleeping pill. Praise should also be given to the general professionalism of what is clearly a low budget movie. The filmmakers use the lack of resources to their advantage, allowing the muted colour palette and empty sets to give a coldness which Matthew and Hannah shelter each other from. In contrast to the environment they’re trekking though, their relationship has a cosy warmth to it. But we aren’t given enough backstory to truly know them as characters. At the end I wasn’t sure whether I liked them. There are a lot of slow sequences in Antidote, which could have been used to make the characters more empathetic. This would also have helped add tension to scenes of them searching dark corridors by torchlight. Related Topics:AntidoteCraig DiFolcoGareth PatersonKathleen WiseMichael IzquierdoPete DiFolcoReviews Up Next Review: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Is Crude, Gory, Made With Genuine Love Don't Miss Review: Wolf Creek 2 Headed In Some Unexpected Directions Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Dark Universe’s 15 Obscure Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween Review: Wolf Creek 2 Headed In Some Unexpected Directions Review: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Is A Perfect Standalone Contribution Combined Review: Manhunter and Red Dragon Were Both Adapted From the Same Novel Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago ‘Urban Legend’ and ‘Urban Legends: Final Cut’ Slash onto Blu-Ray via Scream Factory News3 days ago Michael Myers Searches for Dana in New ‘Halloween’ Clip Blu-Ray & DVD4 days ago Colin Eggleston’s Australian Horror ‘Long Weekend’ Getting Special Edition (UK) Blu-Ray News4 days ago Freddy Krueger Fan Documentary “FredHeads” Gets an Official Trailer News4 days ago M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘GLASS’ Gets an Impactful Second Trailer News4 weeks ago Eerie New Cinemex Trailer and Featurette for ‘Halloween’ Show That the Boogeyman is Real Music4 weeks ago Listen to John Carpenter’s Stunning First Track “The Shape Returns” for New ‘Halloween’ News2 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Writer Danny McBride Has Ideas for Potential Sequel News1 week ago Rob Zombie Shares New Photo of Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in ‘Three From Hell’ Blu-Ray & DVD3 weeks ago Tom Savini’s 1990 ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Remake is Available Again on U.S. Blu-Ray Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News1 year ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News1 year ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD1 year ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News1 year ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News1 year ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News1 year ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News1 year ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!