Condemned – USA, 2015 – overview and reviews

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‘Death is the only escape’

Condemned is a 2015 American horror film written and directed Eli Morgan Gesner, making his directorial debut. It stars Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubinstein and Lydia Hearst.

Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbours that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears.

After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse…



Reviews [click links to read more]:

“There’s a lull here, and sketchy script to follow, and unless you’re hyped up on meth, you’ll probably fall asleep long before the credits roll. I wanted to enjoy this film, but I can’t possibly enjoy a piece that I can’t begin to get into. I honestly don’t even know what the story is about.” Matt Molgaard, Addicted to Horror Movies

“Let me get the one (THAT’S ONE) positive thing out of the way. The gore and grisly make-up effects of the infected was pretty clever and gross. Good. Great. Now what about the rest? Utter crap […] Avoid this film at all costs. There is nothing here worth your time. In fact, follow my lead and simply “condemn” it. Ugh.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

” …while a few kills execute schlocky genre fun (spilled intestines, antler-bone weaponry, eyes dangling out of sockets), nothing grander comes from the evil, the chaos, or the hallucinogenic, reality-distorting poison. Sure, there are gross-out gags in the form of bodily fluids continuing to spill like a Septic Man homage, but “repulsive” doesn’t doubly mean “entertaining,” and strong supporting material doesn’t exist to validate the bodily anarchy.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

Main cast:

Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubinstein (Some Kind of Hate), Lydia Hearst (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Jon Abrahams (Scary Movie), Johnny Messner (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid), Jordan Gelber and Nick Damici (Late Phases; We Are What We AreStake Land and sequel).


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