"Resonnances (2006)" Review

Synopsis: A perfect getaway for a group of friends turns into a nightmare in this amazing French micro-budget horror/sci-fi film! Thomas, Yann, Vincent and three female friends hop into their cars and travel to the French mountains for a relaxing weekend trip.  On their way, a dangerous psychopath escapes from prison and there’s even talk of a ghostly female apparition haunting the area.  After picking up a suspicious hitchhiker, a thick fog envelops their cars and sends them all over a steep cliff!  Barely surviving the fall, they soon discover something even more horrifying.  An ancient creature lives under the ground… listening and waiting.  It’s ready to devour anyone and anything in its path and this group of friends is very much on tonight’s menu!

Review: With this being a sci-fi/horror film that was made on a very limited budget  I honestly was worried that this film was going to be like and Asylum film, well I am happy to say that this film does not reach that level of crappiness. Within the first few minutes of this film my initial skepticism quickly went away as all the main characters were introduced and the story was on it's way. The array of characters is perfect because they are not all the same and they don't all follow the typical stereotype that they would be given in any other film like this one. Now when they add in the psychopath hitchhiker I was unsure how that was going to really work out and I was kinda skeptical, but as the film progressed he worked out just fine. Now when it comes to the plot I did notice the inspiration from Tremors, but only in the sense of how the creature senses them. Other than that this film stands on it's own with it's own originality.

Now For the part which I have mixed feelings on and that is the special effects. Well for the most part there is a mixture of about 50% good effect and 50% bad effects. The parts that I thought were bad are when they show the tentacles and when their is a wild boar that comes running past them and goes back into the woods to be killed by the monster, now the parts that I thought they did good on was when they show the creature moving underground and coming after them. Basically don't expect CGI like that from "District 9". For what they had as a budget they did well with. The only bad thing is that they were not able to film in HD or be able to film in anamorphic widescreen. Synapse did do a good job of picking up this one! Overall this was a very cool film that I really enjoyed and I could see anyone who loves a good creature feature also liking as well!

-Daniel Damnation

Director: Philippe Robert
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
DVD Release Year: 2010
Theatrical Release Year: 2006
Time Length: 83 mins.
Company: Synapse Films