Not Rated Dir: Johannes Roberts | RHI Entertainment | 88 min.
Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
A road trip across the Ireland countryside with your good friends should be a dream vacation, but whenever gypsies are involved, you know trouble is afoot. A group of friends embarks on such a road trip, to spend time together before adult life pulls them in various directions. While on the road, they encounter some gypsies, tempers flare, and an old woman is run over in the haste to get back on track. The woman manages to curse the travelers just before she dies, with a promise of a Simuroc will kill each one of them in brutal fashion. The group decides not to stick around, but the gypsies are determined to settle the score, regardless of whether or not the curse will kick in. As it turns out, the curse is indeed a real one and now the friends have to contend with a massive bird of prey that is on their trail. As if the angry gypsies and giant carnivorous bird weren’t enough, drama arises within the friends, which only makes the trip more stressful. Will anyone be able to survive this incredible onslaught of death, curses, and rekindled romance, or will this be their final vacation?
Ah, Ireland. Gypsies, murder, and mythical beasts, all found in one beautiful locale. As you can probably guess, Roadkill is a SyFy original, but don’t write it off because of the connection. Roadkill is not a good movie in the usual sense, but for a “when animals attack” flick on SyFy, it isn’t that bad. There isn’t as much of a reliance on bargain basement CGI as usual, which makes things more interesting than wondering who the creature will kill next. The gypsies really add to the fun too, sticking around to chase the survivors and keep tensions high. The beast itself is passable, but even with the awful CGI, isn’t as cool as most monsters in these kind of low rent pictures. But between the creature and the gypsies, it balances out somewhat. The drama between the hunted travelers is lame as expected, so expect to be bored if there’s no imminent death. Roadkill has bad CGI, poorly written dialogue, and hilarious gore effects, all we could ask and more. So if you have an appreciation for bad movies with that oh so special SyFy touch, Roadkill is worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
Roadkill is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The visuals here are fine, nice and clean with no serious issues to contend with. I found detail to be solid, but it won’t turn heads. No problems to mention from colors, which look bright and natural, or contrast, which performs well. Just a solid transfer that gets the job done.
Audio: How does it sound?
A Dolby Digital 5.1 option is present, but it doesn’t provide an active experience. A handful of scenes cause the surrounds to wake up, but even those instances are underwhelming. The elements sound passable of course, I just figured with a giant bird around, some directional surround use would be nice. The music is fine, dialogue is fine, its all fine here. Not much else to discuss, as this is a decent, if unremarkable soundtrack.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.
- (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: MPEG-2
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set