Necropolis: Legion – USA, 2019 – now with first reviews

Necropolis: Legion is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Chris Alexander (Blood Dynasty; Female Werewolf; Queen of Blood; Blood for Irina) from a screenplay co-written with Brockton McKinney.

The Full Moon Features-Rabidog Films production stars Ali Chappell (The Final Ride; Psycho Biddies TV series; Underneath: An Anthology of Terror; Late Night Double Feature), Augie Duke (Blood Craft; The Black Room; Bad Kids Go to Hell) and Lynn Lowry (Pretty Fine Things; Model Hunger; Cat People; Shivers).

The movie is “a re-imagining of the 1986 Empire Pictures exploitation movie classic” Necropolis. It features practical effects provided by Canadian company The Butcher Shop. Costume design is by Beatriz Arevalo. Director Chris Alexander also provided the film’s soundtrack score.

Plot:

Satanic vampire sorceress Eva’s midnight rituals are interrupted when God-fearing local villagers burst into her lair and murder her.

A century later, motorcycle-riding writer Lisa moves into the same cabin where Eva was executed, with the intent to write a book about the supposedly haunted spot’s history. Soon, Lisa is having vivid, perverse dreams and slowly, surely, Eva begins taking over the young woman, using her body as a vessel to commit even more atrocities in the name of resurrecting an ancient monster from the underworld…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The pacing is a slow burn, but it is methodical. The score by Charles Band is chilling and carries the weight of the film. Much of the film is silent as Lisa scours the property investigating for details. Duke’s acting is solid as she relies on her physical performance more than executing her lines.” Adventures in Poor Taste

Necropolis: Legion never overstays its welcome and delivers slow burn moodiness and macabre fun in equal measures. This isn’t a Full Moon movie in the way a lot of people would expect from them, but fans of old school cult cinema and Italian horror will find lots to love here.” Brain Mutant

“The ending’s no good, but not so terrible that I felt I’d wasted my time with the rest of the movie. We spend the first fifty minutes or so getting to this point… and then we’re given a bunch of expository dialogue and a resolution that doesn’t make much sense.” Crypt Teaze

“If Jess Franco wrote a comic for Glenn Danzig’s Verotik, then turned it into a film it would be just like this putrid picture for sure! […] filled with comely babes, fever-dream logic and imagery, gorgeous lighting that is at times reminiscent of a Basil Gogos painting brought to life, and gobs of grizzly gore (practically realized).” Horror Fuel

“I liked the religious aspect mixed with the occult but the story is rather paper thin and stretched to the limit. The film has solid pacing and the slower scenes still help establish the story and build character development. Finally, the film has some great practical effects but don’t expect a gory tale.” Horror Society

“With it’s short run time Necropolis: Legion really doesn’t have time to get boring. But it never really gets exciting either. It really doesn’t do much of anything really. And the ending makes almost no sense but does allow them to pad the film out to an hour with flashbacks.” Voices from the Balcony

Background:

Necropolis: Legion is the second of Full Moon’s Deadly Ten initiative that sees the studio aiming to produce ten original feature films, and live-streaming these productions free for fans at DeadlyTen.com. The site also features pre-production videos, FX tutorials and casting sessions for each movie that fans can access 24 hours a day.

The Deadly Ten movies currently in production and pre-production are:

Necropolis: Legion will be released on multiple platforms, including Full Moon Streaming and Amazon Prime, in November 2019.

Related:

Necropolis – USA, 1986 – overview and reviews

Female Werewolf – Canada, USA, 2015

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