I went into Indigenous thinking that we had another film about a group of teens lost in a jungle that fall victim to a bunch of cannibals. As a fan of jungle-themed horror I decided not to read into that much and go in almost blind.
This ain’t about cannibals, at least not the ones we are all used to from features like, Cannibal Holocaust, Welcome To The Jungle or more recently, Eli Roth’s, The Green Inferno. This is a creature-feature and a damn good one. The creatures reminded me of the ones we got introduced to in Neil Marshall’s brilliant cave-dwelling movie, The Descent, although they look a little different, move differently and have razor-sharp teeth.
The great thing about Indigenous is that director Alistair Orr doesn’t shy away from showing us the creatures, which was refreshing to see. When things gets going, Indigenous is a fun ride that surprised me. It was quite impressive, well-crafted and proved to be
The film plays with both the normal feature-film look when they are partying in Panama. It then shifts and adds the found-footage element when we get introduced to the creatures. Some people may find the change of camera work annoying, but if you like found-footage movies then I thought it was a nice choice to introduce this style of filming and I thought it added to the tension of the film.
The film does follow the same sort of rules as we’d expect from a low-budget creature-feature . A gang of beautiful tourists on holiday in Panama ignore warnings of mythical bloody thirsty creatures known as the Chupacabra from the locals. They venture off into the jungle in search of a waterfall that offers some sort of eternal secrets….and we all know what happens when you ignore local legends!!!, that right, limbs will be torn off!.
When the group reach the waterfall, the madness begins shortly after – in saying that, I found the beginning of the movie to drag on a bit and follows a predictable path….but if you stick with it then the pace does pick up and it offers some great scares and gore with a refreshing ending that I have to admit I did not see coming.
This is a low-budget feature, and with that usually comes some bad and unbelievable acting. Indigenous had a good cast with strong performances from all. The creature design was awesome, it looked really well and the fact that we get a good look at it was a nice touch – we rarely see that in horror movies today.
A nice entry into the creature-feature genre. Where it lacks in originality, it makes up for with solid acting, some impressive kills, gore, and a clever ending to go with it.
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Indigenous is available on VOD on 8th December from Momentum Pictures