Call me a freak, but I absolutely love good, gory movies. I just can’t help myself. The more splatter, the better. Films like Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE or Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER are some of my favorite splat-fests. So when I saw the summary for CHEMICAL PEEL, I knew it was a must-see. Chemical spills are always a great way to initiate some good gory action. And let me tell you: this film does not disappoint! Chocked full of intensity and plenty of splatter, this horror flick is one you must see!
If you are not familiar with CHEMICAL PEEL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
A weekend trip to the woods for a bachelorette party turns deadly when a nearby train accidence causes a chemical reaction to overtake the secluded valley. But waiting out the disaster could prove to be just as dangerous as the outdoors.
I am very impressed with how much I enjoyed this film. It is good on so many levels. Great acting, intriguing premise, and excellent special effects (i.e. gore). You just can’t ask for much more from a horror film.
CHEMICAL PEEL starts off with a bang and it never lets up. The tension is in the air from the get go, and it’s thick enough to feel on your skin. I love this aspect of the film, as it puts the viewer in the midst of things right off.
The acting is great, with a whole cast of unknowns (to me) giving top-notch performances. I have to give particular note to Natalie Victoria, who portrays the main character, Rae. Victoria does a stellar job as the role of the downtrodden heroine, and I hope to see more of her work in the future. I also have to mention Arielle Brachfeld, who plays Rae’s sister, Angela. Brachfeld does such a great job with her role, it’s almost scary. She makes Angela into a Grade A bitch. I can honestly say I have not wanted a character to die so badly in a long time.
The special effects in CHEMICAL PEEL win the blue ribbon here, though. There are several very nice gore scenes, and they don’t leave much to the imagination. One of my favorites occurs when one of the girls decides to take a shower and wash off some of the muck in the air. Little does she know that water is a trigger for the chemical reaction. As a result, the girl melts (literally) in the tub. This scene is very well done, and it will haunt my memory for a long time!
CHEMICAL PEEL is a big win for me, and fans of horror as well as gore-hounds alike will enjoy this one. Make sure you watch this on an empty stomach, though…even if you’re not very squeamish, some of these scenes will make you look away. The film is available now, so give it a look.