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Virus: Extreme Contamination - Filmon Aggujaro Print E-mail
User Rating: / 8
Written by Richard Taylor   
Monday, 27 February 2017
Review of Virus: Extreme Contamination from Filmon Aggujaro on Severed Cinema

Directed by: Domiziano Cristopharo
Written by: Domiziano Cristopharo, Antonio Tentori
Produced by: Hasan Lushi
Cinematography by: Daniele Trani
Editing by: Alessandro Giordani
Music by: Antony Coia
Cast: Michael Segal, Rimi Beqiri, Halil Budakova Merita Budakova, Paola Barale, spaqi Vilson
Year: 2016
Country: Italy, Albania
Language: Albanian (English Subtitles)
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 25min

Studio: Filmon Aggujaro

Virus: Extreme Contamination is an Italian/Albanian production from director Domiziano Cristopharo (House of the Flesh Mannequins, P.O.E. series). Don't be fooled by the name, as it suggests a Bruno Mattei-like zombie gorefest, because it focuses on more supernatural and astrological horror philosophy. I wouldn't consider this much of a zombie film at all except for the conclusion of the film. It plays out as more of a metaphysical mystery thriller which tries to be surreal and supernatural in its nature.

Unfortunately Virus: Extreme Contamination doesn't completely succeed in the approach that it’s trying to accomplish. Said to be an H.P. Lovecraft inspired tale of the dead, but we've seen many H.P. Lovecraft inspired stories turned into movies and they are usually gory, campy and amusing (The Lurking Fear, The Resurrected, Necromonicon, The Unnameable etcetera). Even with its misleading title, Virus: Extreme Contamination ends up being a slow moving and cliché-filled tale that never escapes being a mediocre arthouse attempt at making an undead film.

The production values are good, as is the score and the cinematography is dark, eerie, beautiful and very effective. The execution of the story is not so much of a joy to watch. A lot of the characters aren't developed enough and just act bizarre in general. The final confrontation or climax occurs in an old army base in the woods, and it’s just a cliched scenario of people barricading themselves inside to be attacked by the infected, when they should have just gotten the fuck out of there in the first place.

The story involves a professor/scientist named Mattia, played by Michael Segal, who is sent from Italy to Kosovo by different appointed officials, both religious and military, to investigate the possible landing of a meteor which has caused different instances of infecting the inhabitants of the area. Segal's character is joined by a priest named Florjon (Rimi Beqiri), and the two embark on their journey where they end up staying at this bizarre and rather creepy run down Inn. The Inn is ran by a father and his strange behaving daughter -- you'd think such high up officials could have at least put the two men up in a decent hotel. The men begin investigating strange occurrences of the infected, and encounter different challenges and red herrings. Finally the men meet Ammi (Halil Budakova), who leads them in the right direction to discover what is behind all the contamination of inhabitants in the area.

There is not much gore in this one, just some minor prosthetic appliances during the conclusion, and some parts just made me question a lot of different events that occurred. During the end when the army reinforcements arrive at the old abandoned compound they decide to dredge up an old water well which they feel might give them some important information. With all the contamination apparent in that area none of the soldiers take any precautions with hazmat suits, especially the poor bastard who uses his bare hands to bail all the water out of the well with a flimsy old bucket, all very questionable practices I thought to myself. Some of the infected makeup, especially in one particular scene, is questionable when a female victim is talking to Ammi and Mattia, you can see all the nice rouge and blue blush makeup used on her face.

Overall, Virus: Extreme Contamination is trying to be something that it’s not, and it never really has much of a payoff or satisfying conclusion. It’s slow moving and confused in its execution which is a shame because the style and look of the film is of a high caliber. Maybe this is not the right direction for a zombie/infected style of movie…





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