“Do terrible things… or terrible things will be done to you! How far would you go to survive? Don’t kid yourself, you would do anything…”
Our young female protagonist, Zoey (Cari Sanders) wakes up in a make-shift hospital/shelter with fragmented memories of her immediate past. She is greeted by a blood-soaked nurse and a doctor (Will Tulin) who “tells” her that a mysterious plague has unhinged society into raving, diseased maniacs. Deprivation, madness and torture follows.
The director, Dan Donley, claims that Shellter is a full on “serious” horror film. Well, I have news for you, there is a hell of a lot of unintentional humor laced throughout the film. Please don’t get me wrong – this is a good thing! Herschel Gordon Lewis would be proud! This is mainly due to the over the top camera muggings by Will Tulin. On the other hand, Cari Sanders as the gullible “victim” is efficiently sympathetic in her role.
Good news, horror geeks, the gore effects are practical, and somewhat effective – not computer generated! You also get obligatory scenes of T&A, urine and fecal eating, cannibalism, drug induced rape, and finally sexual castration! Not for the politically correct minded folks out there. For example the doctor literally glues her “lips” shut. Misogynistic? Maybe. Symbolic of women in today’s culture? Well, that’s for you to decide. Also, a sociologist would have a field day reading into this post-9/11 fable and the similarities between the 1950’s atomic fears of American society.
On the downside, the twist ending is obvious from the very start of the film. Also, the flashback/dream sequences are handled with an annoying red and blue 3D out of focus effect. The question/answer torture segment runs a bit flat, although amusing from a historical view-point.
In closing, Shellter is a fun, sometimes disturbing foray into the revenge/torture side of horror filmmaking. So ’til next time, I’ll be seeing you in the theatre of schlock which we call life!
check out the official Shellter website here