Man, I love how the fine folks over at Unstable Ground Productions are keeping horror fresh!
They recently sent me their latest anthology piece, GALAXY OF HORRORS, and I have to say: it is nothing short of excellent. Granted, there are a couple of shorts that didn’t do much for me, but even they have merit; they are well made, and the talent of each director is blatantly evident regardless. If you love your science fiction combined with a nice dose of horror, then this collection is definitely for you.
If you are not familiar with GALAXY OF HORRORS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Indiecan Entertainment & Unstable Ground Productions:
Trapped in a damaged cryogenic pod, a man is forced to watch a series of horrific science-fiction tales while his life support systems run out. Featuring eight intense stories of the unknown and other-worldly, equally wonderful and terrifying. Visit the GALAXY OF HORRORS, if you dare! Curated from Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground’s Little Terrors Festival. The second release in this anthology series.
The diversity of films in this anthology is a big part of what makes it so good. There’s straight up science fiction, but you’ll also see post-apocalyptic nightmares, smart phone terror, and even aliens. As such, this assemblage offers something for everyone.
One of my favorite segments is “They Will All Die in Space.” In this story, two crewmen aboard a starship awaken an engineer to fix the communications systems in order to send out a distress call. But the engineer quickly realizes there’s more to his awakening than he initially thought. This film is shot very well (in black and white), and it creates a believable and horrific atmosphere of terror.
Another favorite is “Iris.” This short shows the relationship between a hitman and his semi-cognizant smartphone, and what happens when the phone witnesses one of his murders. I love the pacing of this film and its satisfying ending.
A peculiar short captured my eye, although primarily for visual purposes. “Entity” tells the story of a female astronaut who is outside her ship when it explodes. The resulting shockwave throws her into the black void, alone and helpless. This film is visually stunning, and I backed it up a couple of times just to watch the special effects play out. Unfortunately, nothing in regard to the ending is explained, and I still have no idea what it was about.
Probably my least favorite piece is “Eden.” This one started off strong, but then quickly spiraled into a mess. As it concluded, I was left feeling more frustrated than anything. It looks great from a production standpoint, but the story is not easy to follow.
GALAXY OF HORRORS is a hell of an anthology, though, and I highly recommend it. The films contained within it are entertaining, and they all look great. The acting is top notch, and the special effects are very believable. If you’re a fan of films like V/H/S or TV shows like THE OUTER LIMITS, this collection will be right up your alley. Don’t go to a galaxy far, far away to be entertained…just check out GALAXY OF HORRORS!! It is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.