review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA is known for bringing a wide variety of international films to the US most notably Asian martial arts cinema. They have also been known to bring some horror flicks to the masses like their latest The Tank starring Luciane Buchanan, Matthew Whelan, Zara Nausbaum and newcomer Regina Hegemann with director Scott Walker at the helm. Could this latest creature feature bring something memorable to the genre or should it have stayed sealed?
The Tank follows Ben who unexpectedly inherits a mysteriously abandoned coastal property and packs up his family and travels to explore the place, bewildered about why his mother had never mentioned its existence. However, her reason for secrecy soon becomes clear when the family accidentally frees the ancient, long-dormant creature that had terrorized the entire region for generations—including Ben’s own parents.
I love any film that showcases monsters of any kind, especially those featuring actors in suits as opposed to CGI. This is one of those features that appears to be all practical effects and when the creatures are on screen works to perfection. It does take a bit to get going and for anything to happen as they are setting everything else, but have no fear once the terror is cut lose it never lets up until the very end.
The film follows the usual horror film tropes setting everything up, but does offer up characters you actual like and feel for as opposed to an overpopulation of annoying people just waiting to die. Where it really shines though is the look and actions of these creatures. They have a familiar look while still being completely original and all kinds of cool. They are creepy and
cool to watch in action making it a bloody fun flick for most of its run time.
This is one of those under the radar creature flicks that I hope finds its audience because it is worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre. There might be some complaints about how dark it is most of the time, but for me it worked in with the ambiance and enhances the visuals and look of the creatures.
Decide for yourself and check out The Tank available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA.