Oh, Syfy Channel…you just continue to bring us the best in low-budget horror entertainment! I say this with only the slightest hint of sarcasm; after all, I love the schlocky gems they have given us over the years, like SHARKNADO and ICE SPIDERS. I have a new addition to my favorites list: 12 DISASTERS. This film is an offering from director Steven R. Monroe, the genius behind 2010’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake. And while it won’t be for everyone, 12 DISASTERS is a lot of fun if you’ll give it a chance.
If you are not familiar with 12 DISASTERS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:
It’s Christmas season in the mountain village of Calvary, but merry and bright have suddenly fled town: There are mass bird deaths. Blood red water running from faucets. Grandma’s impaled by humongous flying icicles. And for 18-year-old Jacey (Magda Apanowicz of “Continuum”), a newly discovered gift has led her and her dad (Ed Quinn of “Eureka”) to the revelation that a beloved holiday carol may hold the key to a yuletide Mayan apocalypse. Can their desperate search for five golden rings now stop a global cataclysm of tornados, volcanoes and killer twinkle lights? Holly Elissa (ICE QUAKE), Roark Critchlow (“Pretty Little Liars”), Andrew Airlie (“Reaper”), Ryan Grantham (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID) and Donnelly Rhodes (“Battlestar Gallactica”) co-star in this hit Syfy Movie that delivers the ultimate countdown of Xmas mayhem!
You obviously can’t go into this film expecting seriousness. If you do, then you’ll hate it. But if you take it for what it is, I bet you will enjoy it. There’s too much here NOT to enjoy.
12 DISASTERS is shot well and looks good overall. I do have to confess that the CG is not the best, but you shouldn’t expect high-budget effects from a TV movie. Still, the effects are not that bad, and they are even good enough to make you cringe every now and then. Of particular note is when the giant icicles impale people; nice, gruesome imagery to take you through the rest of the movie!
Underneath the darkly comedic overtones (regardless of whether they are intentional or not), Monroe once again presents a strong female protagonist who is portrayed this time by Magda Apanowicz. This plucky young actress does a great job with her role and is a joy to watch onscreen. The rest of the cast does a pretty good job supporting her, however she is the primary focal point in the film.
12 DISASTERS is a win for me, although moviegoers expecting big-budget affairs should steer clear. But if you can look past the exterior and enjoy the story within, this film should entertain plenty. The film is available now in a variety of formats.