IMPACT EVENT (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Survive at all costs’
Impact Event is a 2018 American science fiction horror film about the survivors of a post-meteoric apocalypse holed up in a former funhouse. The group must fight off flesh-eating killers.

Directed by B. Luciano Barsuglia (The Electric Man; Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeAaron’s HouseZombie FarmDementia: An Experiment in Terror).

The Koa Aloha Media production stars Margaret O’Brien (Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!; Frankenstein Rising), Michael Berryman (The Devil’s Rejects; Teenage Exorcist; The Hills Have Eyes and sequel), Vernon Wells (Fortress; Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) and Richard Grieco (Art of the Dead; Raiders of the Damned).

“The acting is a bit of a hodgepodge but is overall pretty decent. The long runtime does mean parts feel padded, and the film could be trimmed for a tighter, smoother watch. But, Barsuglia imbues his film with an odd, charming humor, and the three ostensible leads are engaging […] Overall, the movie is a slight but fine diversion.” 6/10 Film Threat

” …the first act that’s setting the premise up drags a bit too much and hammers its point home too bluntly, and makes Billy come across as a bit of an obnoxious know-it-all, really. But once the characters go into lockdown and see their sanity and humanity slowly eroding is where things really get interesting, also when other characters are given center stage and prove to be damaged goods.” Search My Trash

“None of the film’s name performers have more than five minutes of screen time. Or are in scenes with any of the main cast. Wells and O’Brien’s characters don’t interact with any of the other characters at all. Even by guest casting standards that’s bad. Even if they had more screen time it wouldn’t have helped. Impact Event is a slow, talky mess with nothing going for it.” Voices from the Balcony

Impact Event is available on DVD and VOD from April 7, 2020, from Wild Eye Releasing.

Cast and characters:
Margaret O’Brien … Amanda
Michael Berryman … Raymond
Vernon Wells … Ed
Richard Grieco … Justice Outlaw
Chalet Lizette Brannan … Julie
Jed Rowen … Gordon
Hans Hernke … Alpha
Randal Malone … RJ Malone
Zan Alda … Jacob Wilson
Tasha Tacosa … Cassie
Chi-Lan Lieu … Sarah Chau
Barry Jay Minoff … David
Justin P. Warren … Grady
Joseph Pozo … Henry
Carmine Giordano … Pat

Technical details:
102 minutes

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