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Cast: Stacy Jorgensen, Aaron McPherson, Anne Griffin, Jeff Lorch, Shelley Dennis, Jeff Shuetze, The'La Brown, Scott Mullin, Marie Del Marco, And Michael Cornacchia
For seven longtime friends from college, a weekend away turns into a nightmare of unimaginable horror. They are being watched. Deep in the woods, in a secluded cabin, something is stalking them. Something is studying them.
One by one, each friend disappears among strange flashes of light. Who or what could do such a thing? When they try and escape, the power goes, nothing works. They are trapped. And still, the strange flashes of light continue, announcing a presence....
One of the friends returns; naked, bleeding from the head but seemingly, okay. Yet, there is something off. Something in their eyes show they have been changed. Experimented on.
These characters will have their friendships and loyalties tested as they must outwit a force that is both inhuman and extremely intelligent in order to survive. The outcome will shock and amaze as we come to realize... we are not alone in the universe.
I was really looking forward to sitting down to this one, a good Sci-fi is always welcomed so I was hoping for the best. As the film opens we begin to meet the group as they gather at the secluded cabin in the middle of the woods, this character development takes awhile to play out but it's important to get to know each and everyone of them a bit in order to have some sort of feeling for them later on. You are going to like some and dislike a few as well but it was great to see a film build on the little things before hitting us with the more meaty stuff later, plus even though it takes awhile introducing the characters the film still moves along at a nice pace.
After everyone arrives and you get a good sense of who they are, what baggage they brought, the material and non-material kind and who is with who night begins to fall and the group is already into their first night's party. That is when they see something fall from the sky, dismissing it as a meteor the group has no clue what they are in for.
To go on about the plot and what happens would only ruin the experience for those wanting to see the film for themselves so I am not going to provide any spoilers here. Instead I will talk a bit about the film itself, the production values are all very good, from the lighting to the cinematography it's all top-notch here. The use of the cabin and the woods around it are a perfect setting for what is about to happen and they really help in setting the right atmosphere and mood. As far as the acting goes the entire cast did a terrific job playing their roles, there wasn't a weak link to be found.
You might call the film "The Big Chill meets Signs," you would be correct on the first half but even though "Grey Skies" deals with an invasion it does it in a much better way. Director, Kai Blackwood does a great job in creating tension, suspense and plenty of frightening moments in the second half of the film, this is a very impressive directorial debut and I look forward to seeing what Kai has coming out next. Plus he adds a small dose of humor and drama and blends them in perfectly. "Grey Skies" breaths fresh air into the Alien invasion genre by making a film that is truly edge of your seat scary. This is everything that "Signs" should of been and more. A winner for Best Feature Film at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and winner of the Audience Choice Award at Shriekfest and for good reason, "Grey Skies" is a frightening, pulse-pounding Sci-fi that will leave you breathless. I highly recommend picking this up when it comes to DVD on 10/11/11, the DVD comes with Special Features that include:
You can visit Osiris Entertainment's site to see when you can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Osiris Entertainment
**** Out Of *****