Movies From the Black Lagoon

AGAINST THE DARK - 2009, Rated R

By Tom Doty

In a bleak future ,where a virus has converted most people into blood drinking ghouls, a quartet of “Hunters’ are all that stand between a few survivors and certain death in this two fisted low budgeter.

The survivors are a bland lot . They are mostly younger unshaven types who have barricaded themselves in a hospital but safety is far from certain. In fact there are nothing but challenges to survive. Turns out the generator is running on fumes, the infected are mutating, and the whole region is about to get bombed to kingdom come in the morning.

Luckily the aforementioned ‘Hunters” are in the house. They are a rough bunch who rock leather duds, ninja moves, and a ton of weapons though they prefer swords. Did I mention they are also led by the toughest guy to ever sport a ponytail-Steven Seagal!

The movie spends the first hour having the survivors get picked off by the mutants , who alternately act like zombies (consuming flesh) or vampires(preferring to tap their victims like kegs of Pabst Blue Ribbon). Eventually Seagal and crew catch up . They then proceed to clear the way for our survivors whose odds of making it till the end rise dramatically now.

Meanwhile there is some minor drama over at a military base. The guy in charge respects the Hunters and is grateful for their help but he has orders to blow up the city so that’s what he is planning to do. This moral conundrum eats up only eight minutes of plot but such padding does give the film a chance to have ex-Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson show up and cash a quick paycheck.

Seagal and crew proceed to cut down the infected in a few action sequences that afford the special effects crew a chance to offer two excellent decapitations and a slew of blood spattered shotgun blasts. Seagal offers a few Aikido moves but is hemmed in by a large overcoat that houses a spare sword, knives , a shotgun, and probably a deluxe pizza considering how puffy he looks.

All told this is a decent time waster and Seagal’s first foray into horror cinema though it wouldn’t be his last . “Seagologists “will enjoy his antics here which include his trademarks. You get the bone crunching fists. A little weapon work . The usual tough guy dialogue and ultimatums and the standard three word title .As a horror flick it’s kind of lame but Seagal enthusiasts will enjoy his usual blend of quiet cool and thunderous beat downs.

Best Lines: “We’re not here to decide who’s right or wrong. We’re here to decide who lives or dies.”

‘We kind of have to do what we do. We hunt and we kill and we move on.”

“We’ve evolved. You people are just cattle to us.”

AGAINST THE DARK – 2009, Rated R

By Tom Doty

Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.

Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.

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