One of the things I love about Midnight Releasing is that I never know what to expect from them. They are continuously releasing film after film with a variety of different horror stories and each one always has something fresh to offer. I recently watched their new science fiction thriller Skyquake which, again, was far from what I expected (though I shouldn’t have been shocked as the trailer gives an accurate portrayal of what is going down).
Skyquake is directed and written by Sandy Robson (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) who also stars in the film. This story has an oddly unique tone, giving off a Twilight Zone meets X-Files type of vibe with some darker horror elements. If you love cheesy science fiction films, there’s a good chance you’ll love this disturbingly bizarre story. Among Robson, the cast includes Bronwen Smith (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), John Prowse (The Uninvited) and Aidan Kokotilo-Moen.
The story revolves around Adam (Robson) who has become terrifyingly paranoid about reports of strange sounds that are coming from the sky. As the days go on, he convinces himself that whatever is causing these mad occurrences has followed him home. Is it true or is it all in his head?
Skyquake definitely has a slow build up. You’re constantly trying to figure out what is going on and why this is all happening. It’s not until the end that things (slightly) unfold, and even then the viewer is left questioning everything and still wondering the meaning behind it all.
What I loved about this film was the attention to detail. Everything is carefully filmed and all has a purpose – very symbolic like watching an Alfred Hitchcock film. One thing in particular that I found unique was Adam’s obsession with the number 4 and how it affects his life. I appreciated this notion because when you feel like you have no control over your surroundings, you try to focus on anything you can change and have control of and that’s what he does. The smallest things can make a difference.
The special effects were a tad bit cheesy in comparison to the more effective story and tone, which leads me to wonder how much more investing these scenes would have been with a higher budget. I would also say that some of the features or characters we see are seemingly dreamlike with just enough detail to be creepy, but also feel incomplete and leave us wanting to know more about them.
Overall, Skyquake was a trippy ride. In countless ways, the story is about not having control over certain events in your life and I feel they shot this film in a way that the viewers would sense this as well, resulting in them feeling no control in regard to where this story will lead. I’m still left wondering if this was real or all in his head. If you’ve seen Skyquake, let us know your interpretation of the film!