THE RIFT (2016) Reviews and overview

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‘Death is dead’

The Rift – aka The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon – is a 2016 Serbian/South Korean/Slovenian science fiction horror film directed by Dejan Zecevic from a screenplay by Barry Keating and Milan Konjevic.

The movie stars Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead; et al), Katarina Cas, Monte Markham (We Are Still Here) and Dragan Micanovic. Filmmaker Mick Garris has a cameo role.


An American military satellite crash lands in Eastern Serbia and a team of US and Serbian agents is dispatched to secure the remains of the satellite. However, when the agents locate the crash site all is not as it seems…

In the United States, Cleopatra Entertainment released The Rift on November 28th, 2017 via VOD and on December 12th, 2017 on DVD. Meanwhile, the film was released on DVD in the UK on 27 March 2017.

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“The film does fall apart slightly when Monte Markham drops off the screen and Ken Foree proceeds to lose the plot, turning the film into a more traditional “stalk and slash” type tale. However, for most The Rift‘s taut ninety-minute runtime, Zecevic’s film is a fantastic example of the genre, well worth any sci-fi fans time.” Nerdly

“The concept of the astronaut discovery may make for some really chilling imagery, as well as tip of the hat to The Ninth Configuration (1980), but more importantly it’s just really cool to see Ken Foree sink his teeth into such a well-written part […] Ambitious to its core, The Rift is certainly a DTV’er to seek out, even if its pacing may leave the ADHD among you twitching with impatience.” The Schlock Pit

“While the soundtrack is slightly distracting and less-so during a second viewing, The Rift fails to offer a cohesive, underlying message. It also fails to define its villain, with one main character pulling some of the evil heavyweight. As it is, The Rift tries to break some new ground here. But, the filmmakers have really only pulled Jesus out of the ground (again), to begin some of the prophecies in Revelations.” 28 Days Later Analysis

“Whilst it’s not all bad the film it seems to be combining many ideas into a short running time that stretches the film’s already low budget and moments that drag in the middle section, along with clunky dialogue and certain scenes that come off as confusing the further it reaches towards its conclusion. However, it works enough to hold your attention…” UK Horror Scene

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