SOFT MATTER (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Everyone is a science project’

Soft Matter is a 2018 comedy science fiction horror feature film written, co-produced and directed by Jim Hickcox. It stars Ruby Lee Dove II, Hal Schneider, Mary Anzalone, Devyn Placide, Mark Blumberg, Catherine Grady and David Dillard.

Two graffiti artists break into an abandoned, reportedly haunted research facility in hopes of creating an art installation. However, the hapless pair stumble upon a team of demented researchers who are in the process of resurrecting an ancient sea creature – who they now must fight in order to not become their next experiment…


” …Soft Matter is one of those films an audience is either going to love or hate. Hickcox’s aesthetic choice of cheesy for cheesiness’ sake will rub some people the wrong way. That said, the film, packed with goofy humor, oddball performances and gross-out effects, does not aim to scare as much as it seeks to encourage revelry in the ridiculousness of it all.” Cryptic Rock

Soft Matter delivers amazing visuals and music, weird monsters, monsters who dance and fart, mad doctors who create a sea-god, a sea-god with a female voice, an animated third act fight sequence, a graffiti female artist with a painted moustache and two creepy art lovers who suggest to be into some weird gallery openings…” Decay Mag

“Despite its originality, Soft Matter is somewhat confusing and doesn’t delve particularly deeply into any kind of storyline. If you have a spare 72 minutes, it’s certainly not the worst thing you could watch – you will be entertained, although perhaps not in a conventional manner!” Flickering Myth

“I like the style it’s shot in, the nostalgic feeling it conveys and the vibrant colours. Some of it went over my head so if anyone has any explanation for Kish’s odd choice of make up I would greatly appreciate it. Not particularly horror but it has some great squishy, squelchy monsters and it does provide a few giggles.” Horrorscreams Videovault

” …when it got things right, it did make me laugh out loud. It is a very silly movie but the film-makers know this and embrace it. At times it did feel likeSoft Matter was trying too hard to be ‘cool’ and funny and it doesn’t quite pull it off. The actors don’t do bad jobs but it does have an amateur feel to things at times.” Alain Elliott, Nerdly

Filming locations:

Austin, Texas

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