Ejecta (2014)

A science fiction film by the guy who wrote Pontypool???

Generally, that seems to be what most people have to say about Ejecta.  After all, there have been almost as many movies about people who’ve been abducted by evil grey aliens as there have been zombie movies.

Okay, maybe not quite that many, but still, the supply can best be described as a “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over.” And this is a problem because even a good film has a hard time standing out in a crowd that big.

Ejecta might almost be described as three movies:

the first, the footage shot by the vlogger who has been invited to meet the legendary alien contactee, Spider Nevi;

the second, the video shot by the soldiers lurking in the woods around “Spider”s cabin;

and finally, “Spider”s interrogation by agents of a sinister and very secret group, which doesn’t hesitate to slaughter its own,  the only segment that doesn’t indulge in the increasingly tired “found footage”schtick.

The three separate strands are nicely interwoven, with the main thrust coming in the third section.  The best part is perhaps Julian Richings (the first to die in Cube), as the anguished alien contactee, thanks to his strange appearance (something we often forget plays an important part in any horror film) and truly harrowing performance.

On the whole this is a stand-out film, with some pretty good scares, bucket loads of creepy atmosphere, and some generally strange goings on.  Perhaps the best moment in the film comes when the main interrogator calmly shoots one of her own aides who fails to carry out an order – and by far the scariest comes in the instant when we get our first good look at the mysterious aliens we’ve only glimpsed so far.

What do you know.  Maybe a film written by Tony Burgess is worth a little attention after all.

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