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Offspring (2009)

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> Offspring (2009)
> The Woman (2011)
> Darlin' (2019)
Genres:
Cannibal Film, Horror, Slasher Film
Director:
Andrew van den Houten Andrew van den Houten
Starring:
Jessica Butler Jessica Butler
Kelly Carey Kelly Carey
Holter Graham Holter Graham
T.J. Graye T.J. Graye
Stephen Grey Stephen Grey

4.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A subplot involving Claire's despicable husband, Steven, gives an opportunity to cleverly compare predatory civilized folk to the appetite-driven primitives. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: November 10, 2011
So, there I was, all excited to check out The Woman based on nothing more than a brief synopsis and the knowledge that Lucky McKee was handling directing duties, when I did a little research and discovered that the film was actually a sequel. This I did not know, and thus, I had to track down and watch the first film in the series before popping in the sequel. That leads us to today's film, a charming little tale called Offspring. As is / was the case with The Woman, I had no idea what to expect going into this one: I simply knew that I wanted to see The Woman, I knew that it was a sequel to Offspring, and thus, I had to watch it. As it turns out, this is actually one of the better cannibal movies to come out in recent years.

The storyline takes place in a quiet Maine town, where Amy (Amy Hargreaves) and David (Andrew Elvis Miller) are living their peaceful little lives in relative seclusion. Amy's friend Claire (Ahna Tessler) and her son Luke (Tommy Nelson) are staying with them while Claire works out her divorce from the mega-prick Stephen (Erick Kastel), and though this adds a little drama to everybody's lives, it is nothing out of the ordinary. However, all of their petty problems will be pushed aside when a pack of cannibals stop by for a visit and a bite to eat.

Turns out, as is explained by former sheriff George Chandler (Art Hindle), these cannibals have moved up and down the coast over the last couple of decades, remaining in hiding except for when they kidnap a couple of townsfolk from small towns and eat them. Now it's up to George and a handful of other police officers to find their latest hiding spot, while Amy and Claire find themselves imprisoned by these savages and must fight for their lives if they don't want to wind up on the wrong end of a skewer.

I realize that the concept may sound a little cheesy on paper, and truthfully, it is, but it works out surprisingly well in the film. You see, the idea is played straight throughout the entire running time, and there are no jokes made or gags pulled. We are given the base concept of cannibals roaming the coastline with very little history on them, we see have vicious they are, and then we see them encounter a normal couple. No jokes, no comedic relief, no silliness, and honestly, I liked it that way. I like the idea of these savages living right beside us in the "modern" world, and though some may complain about a lack of explanations, it is necessary to realize that we wouldn't have a complete history of these people if we are to believe that this could possibly happen.

Gore fans will also be please to discover that there is a lot of the red stuff on display here. There are far too many cannibal films coming out these days where the gore is downplayed or done with CGI effects, but this is one that gives up the goods in ample amounts. It may not rival the vileness of films such as Cannibal Holocaust, but it is certainly impressive none the less. This is also a film that is not afraid to break horror taboos: nobody is safe from the cannibals, not women, not kids, not even babies.

As far as the acting goes... well, I don't want to spoil things, so I'm going to put it like this. Some of the actors aren't very good in their roles, but their characters die very early on in the movie, so we don't have to put up with them for long. The real stars of the movie (the ones who live, in other words) are pretty damned good. They may not be award-winners and they may not be perfect in every last scene that they appear in, but they are more than capable of making the movie work.

Overall, I'm giving Offspring a recommendation. It is a very entertaining horror flick, and even though it focuses on a genre that has been done to death for over forty years, it still brings some new things to the table and feels fresh. I'm not going to say that it's a new horror classic, but I will say that I was highly entertained throughout the vast majority of the running time and can not wait to see the sequel. 9/10.
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