‘Prepare for carnage’
The Rise of the Beast is a 2022 British horror film about activists that break into a research facility, unleashing a mutant ape.
Directed by Jack Ayers (Shockwaves; Dirty Games; Void) from a screenplay written by Max Brooks. Co-produced by producer Scott Jeffrey (The Mutation; Bad Nun: Deadly Vows; Don’t Speak; Cupid; ClownDoll) and Rebecca Matthews (Reign of Chaos; Exorcist Vengeance; The Gardener; Pet Graveyard)
The Proportion Productions movie stars Sian Altman, Sarah T. Cohen (Jurassic Island; Medusa; HellKat; Cupid; Witches of Amityville Academy), Andrew Rolfe, Giedre Jackyte, Erina Mashate, George Nettleton, Heather Jackson, Arthur Boan, Sam Sharma, Peter Jeffries, Brendan Jones, Jack Fairbank, Mirella Camillo and Daniel Subin.
A group of activists break into a corporate facility they know unsolicited animal testing has been taking place. They discover unimaginable horrors but don’t realise until they’re captured the true extent of what it is they have been experimenting with. In a race against time to survive, they must escape friend, foe, and a mutated ape if they mean to get out alive and expose this to the world…
“The creature might well be heavily CGI, but it works for the fun creature feature elements. There is an interesting side note to what is happening, which could have easily been more disturbing.” 3 out of 5, Movie Reviews 101
” …the film is very good at what it does, a very tense and exciting piece of animal horror, with all the scenes of suspense, jump scares and action in all the right places, all supporting a tightly paced story. And even if that story might be a tad predictable, it’s very well-told and even shows some depth not always found in animal horror.” Search My Trash
“It’s actually too bad the plot of The Rise of the Beast hinges on […] a stupid set of decisions because, for a Scott Jeffrey film, it has some solid production values. There are some nasty looking practical effects and the CGI, while variable in quality, leans towards the better end of the low-budget scale. They also seem to have made some effort to make the sets look like something other than the basement of a factory or warehouse.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
In the US, Uncork’d Entertainment released The Rise of the Beast on DVD and Digital on December 6, 2022.