MULBERRY STREET – The Dungeon Review!

mulberry street“There’s Something Below Us Worse Than Hell”

Whenever I see a great horror film like ‘MULBERRY STREET’ I wonder why the big film studios don’t take notice. It was made for next to nothing, and outshines many big budget horror films. It is amazing what you can do when you put story and strong character development before effects. Believe me, no one loves the gore more than goregirl! But sometimes it’s just not neccessary. You can actually create something horrific without a single drop of blood. Don’t let me scare you, there is plenty of blood spilled on Mulberry Street and all over the city of Manhattan!

A mysterious infection carried by rats is causing humans to evolve into violently carnivorous rat-people. A group of tenants, recently handed their eviction notices, band together to fight the plague as the entire city of Manhattan spirals out of control.

When you can create a horror film about canivorous rat-people with this much intense, claustraphobic atmosphere, I think you’ve done something right. The grue and the gore is on the low key. The effects take a back seat to atmosphere. To the directors credit, this is a very good thing. Cheap effects can work beautifully in a horror-comedy. But if you are trying to build intensity it can take it into cheesy territory real quick. What impressed me the most was the character development and the performances. I felt like I knew these people. I had empathy for their plight and rooted for their survival. The actors seemed completely comfortable in their roles and delivered performances that were understated and realistic. Esthetically speaking, the actors all look like real people you might actually know. There is a range of ages and sexes amongst the tenants. There is none of this vaccuous 20-something nonsense where the joy is in seeing each annoying little twit get picked off. I wasn’t in love with the soundtrack but the squeaking and chewing sound effects were delightfully icky. If I was to be critical of any aspect of this film it would be the ending. I found it a little too reminiscent of other “infection-themed” horror films. I would have liked to have seen a more biting twist. I didn’t dislike the ending, I just didn’t love it. This is a well directed film with excellent performances, solid character development, and great intensity. Mickle, who directs and Damici, who wrote the screenplay (and also plays Clutch in the film) have a project in development called ‘COLD IN JULY’. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Definitely a director and writer duo to watch for. Highly recommended!

Tomorrow’s review is ‘ALTERED’.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Jim Mickle

Starring: Nick Damici, Antone Pagan, Tim House, Larry Fleischman, Bo Corre, Ron Brice, John Hoyt, Kim Blair, Lou Torres, Sarah Dickinson, Heidi Peterson, Javier Picayo, Jim Heater, Larry Medich and Rodney Gray

4 Responses to “MULBERRY STREET – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. A couple cool facts about Mulberry Street is how they had to shoot essential footage in the middle of the crowded streets of Manhattan without any official permission to film there, and how all the actors in this film are friends or in some way related to the director, so none of them received any payments. Like you said, big budget studios should take notes that you dont need a big budget to make a badass horror film. This one really lets your imagination run wild. Great pick!!

  2. hagiblog Says:

    I’m pretty sure I was blogging about this one not too long ago. Too many reviews leaves my poor brain clouded. I caught this one a couple of years ago at Toronto After Dark and was blown away by it.

    This one really goes to show that you don’t have to throw wads of cash at a flick to make it good. What you really need is the love and ispiration and not just the promise of making money to build a great flick. I hope to see some more great flicks like this next month at TAD.

    • goregirl Says:

      You definitely blogged about Mulberry recently….I didn’t want to post too close to yours. It really is a solid horror film! More people need to see this one.

  3. Bartleby Says:

    The thing I liked best by far was the characterization. Amazingly strong for such a low budget pic. It put many similar big budget zombie films to shame. Also, in my opinion, it has probably been the best of the ‘8 Films to Die For’ series.

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