It is said that everyone battles their own inner demons every day. But what if those demons can suddenly take physical form and wreak the havoc our subconscious minds want them to? That is the question Lionsgate’s upcoming release, PRIMITIVE, will look into next week. This film, while not perfect, is very entertaining and will make you question the events that occur in the world around you.
If you are not familiar with PRIMITIVE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
After being forced to visit a hypnotist, Martin receives news of his estranged mother’s passing. He returns home for the funeral, and before long, people begin dropping dead. The victims – brutally torn apart by what appears to be a predatory monster – convince the local police that Martin is somehow responsible, and soon he comes to believe it too, as all the victims are connected to the evil within him.
I found the title of this film very appropriate. The ‘inner demons’ that Martin has to face are basically primal urges that have manifested themselves in physical form. But the title does not just refer to them; I took it as also a description of how much we truly know about the brain and the way it works. In regard to that, we are a primitive species.
PRIMITIVE is shot well and the production value looks pretty high. I particularly like the scenes that are displayed during the opening credits. They are shots of woodland areas, but the way they are shot gives them an eerie feeling.
The acting is ok, although it could have been better. I do enjoy seeing Reggie Bannister onscreen; horror fans will recognize his trademark ponytail from classic films like the PHANTASM series and BUBBA HO-TEP. And as for the special effects, they’re pretty good overall. The creature looks a little hokey, but not too badly. And the gore is pretty nice.
The story is intriguing and I especially like how the pacing of the plot divulges just what you need to know as the movie progresses. The ‘big reveal’ at the end is well done and it almost put a smile on my face. I have to tip my hat to the screenwriter, Kenneth L. Province Jr. He does a great job, and I look forward to his work in the future.
All in all, PRIMITIVE is a fun film and I recommend it to anyone looking for some low-budget entertainment. The film hits store shelves next week, so make a note.