Red Mist

So yesterday, my chronic pain was acting up which usually leads to a movie fest since I can’t do much else other than rest.  So I re-watched the series “Alice” (2 parter) with Kathy Bates, Tim Curry, Caterina Scorsone and my all time favorite Andrew Lee-Potts (this was on SyFy back in 2009 and originated in Canada).  So why am I bringing up a movie that has nothing to do with what I’m reviewing?  Because Andrew Lee-Potts is in “Alice” as the Mad Hatter (my very favorite Hatter of all time -even beating out Johnny Depp and I’ve been in love with Depp since I saw “Edward Scissorhands”).  But Pottsy’s Hatter is just so charming and I’ve had a teensy little crush on him since I started watching “Primeval”.  *sighs*  Sooo  sexy geek.  And I love love those Brit boys.  *double sighs*   I’m losing the point here…for real…um, oh yes!  So rewatched “Alice” and decided I wanted to watch everything else Pottsy has been in so started imdb’ing up a storm and adding things to my queue and Red Mist was one of the few of his film available on Netflix streaming so I gave it a go.

So how was it you ask?  Ultimately rather boring.  It wasn’t nearly as bad as, oh say, “Pathology” but it was nowhere near anything special.  Potts is both the main character of the movie but also isn’t in it much.  How is that so, you say?? Well, Potts plays a janitor who is kinda creepy to say the least.  He’s obviously troubled as he’s a cutter, stutteringly shy and uses his phone to film everything people are doing (kind of a stalker, this one).  Our main group of medical students that do their rounds at this hospital refer to him as “Freakdog”.  One night, our group goes out to blow off some steam and party hard!  w00t!  They’ve got drugs from the hospital pharmacy and a shite-ton of liquor plus they’re at their friend’s club so everything free!!!!  Freakdog has a crush on one of the girls and heads to her table to ask if he can walk her home.  Of course, he is mocked mercilessly until he lets on that he knows that they have drugs from the hospital and that he has filmed it.

This picture has nothing to do with this review. I’m just here because the missus thinks I’m utterly adorable and charming…

The med students decide that if they ask Freakdog to join in with their party, he won’t be able to tell anyone about the drugs because then he’ll be implicated.  So they load up a funnel with a quarter of a bottle of liquor and a few pills.  (I’m really, really not sure which one’s bright idea that was – loner who’s clearly never partied in his life?  Sure let’s start him out with the “death cocktail”…) Freakdog chugs the mix and within two minutes he starts seizing (partially from the drink and mostly because he’s epileptic and there are strobe lights going).   *Note:  If you’re epileptic, I’d stay away from this movie because there’s a fair amount of strobe lighting going on.*  The kids freak with some wanting to do an emergency trachochtomy and the rest not wanting to get into trouble because their hospital has a zero tolerance policy for drugs.  Finally they compromise by dumping him outside the hospital.  As a result of their bad choices, Freakdog ends up in a coma.

 

Careful who you make fun of kiddies or they might just come back for a little revenge.

One of the girls feels so guilty that she wants to tell someone what they did but the majority rules against her.  She finds out Freakdog will have the plug pulled on him the next day as he has no relatives to claim him and his insurance has run out.  So she decides to inject him with an experimental drug mix to hopefully pull him out of his coma.  Instead, stuff like the picture above starts happening.  See, what the experimental drug mix actually does is enable Freakdog to, for lack of a better term, astral project himself right into the bodies of others.  Too bad for them because he has this anger problem and he’s out for revenge.  People start killing each other via Freakdog’s interactions and while some of the deaths are gory fun, others are a little boring and it’s only the chick that gave him the drug cocktail that finally realizes what’s happening.  Can she stop him in time to save any of her friends?  Will she be next?  Do we really care??

This one is neither yay nor boo hiss, it’s just kinda eh.  If you like medical horror/thrillers, you might like this.

 

About mistylayne

I'm a Z movie loving, horror hound, Buffy quoting, Dr. Who watching, geekazoid and seeker of all things unusual. I'm a gypsy wanderer, lover of words, Wendy of the damned and all that jazz. What can I say? I'm complicated.

Posted on 2012.20.July, in British Cinema, Horror and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I’ve always intended to watch this but never did because I always forget ~ now I think I can say “I’m good” because of you – thank you kindly! I hope you get to feeling better : (

    • It was mostly fun trying to figure out where I knew the actors from. Like Morgana from “Merlin” is in it. ;) And thanks, I’ll be fine once I get a new script for my meds and all.

  2. Sounds a bit mental! That guy has been in some crap TV over here in the UK. I actually quite like Pathology (with Milo Ventimiglia?) if thats the same film. Maybe I would like this if its better :)

    • I have such a crush on Potts!! It started with “Primeval” then was clinched with “Alice”. Wish I could see more with him (even if it’s crap t.v.). I totally dig on UK t.v., but I’m pretty sure most of what we get over here is the totally mainstream stuff and none of the really cool cult shows. Although maybe I’m wrong. Still Doctor Who!! Lol. And yep, that’s “Pathology”! You would probably dig this then. :)

      • I literally watch nothing except sports and movies over here. All our good shows are yours just a year behind. Obviously some exceptions, The Office & Peep Show would be my two favourite british comedies for example.

      • I haven’t seen Peep Show. I’m a fan of Doctor Who, Primeval, Torchwood, and Misfits. Loved season 1 of Skins. Absolutely Fabulous is well, fabulous. ;) I used to watch Are You Being Served wayyyy back in the day. Gavin & Stacy, I enjoyed. Have a couple of shows in my queue I haven’t seen yet like, I think, Spaced & The InBetweeners. Ohhh, Merlin, that was fun! Yeah…my point being, I’m a fan of Brit shows. ;)

      • Gavin & Stacy was good, as was Inbetweeners. I believe a US version/remake of that starts next month, will be interesting to see how that works out. We will swap, you can have my UK tv and I’ll take your shows :)

      • The Inbetweeners is in one of my various queues. :) I almost always hate the US remakes and don’t watch them (although I did like “The Office” US better than the “The Office” UK. Also I’m preferring US “Being Human” to the UK because the US has more story). YES, we will swap! Brilliant! :)

      • I love the American Office but in my opinion the UK original is hands down the greatest comedy show of all time. Never leaving the faux-documentary element and Brent is just the ultimate creation. Never been into Being Human, I just wish we could get HBO and that’s the only channel I would need :)

      • I don’t remember why I wasn’t fond of the UK version (it’s been years since I watched) so there’s a chance I would prefer it now (plus I haven’t watched the US version in years either). No HBO?? NO TRUE BLOOD???? Now, that friend, is a tragedy. (Until last month, I had to wait till TB came out on disc to watch though).

      • We get ‘Sky Atlantic’ channel which shows HBO shows like Sopranos (personal all time favourite) and some newer ones, but True Blood (which is great but on the decline in my opinion) is on a different channel about a season behind. Luckily I know a man that knows a man that may or may not be able to help me watch hd rips of your brand new tv shows……which is lucky to keep me updated on Eastbound & Down, Parks & Rec, Community, Criminal Minds etc etc :)

      • Never watched The Sopranos. I still like the show True Blood but the books have *definitely* declined. I must say I’m glad the next one is her last! Yay for knowing a man…possibly… ;) Lol, I don’t watch any of those shows. I just don’t watch much t.v. “American Horror Story” was phenomenal (imho) – have you seen that?

      • No, I missed the start but something I really want to get on dvd when it comes out. Although I know the muppet out of Maroon 5 has signed on for season 2 so Im not sure I could put up with looking and listening to him :)

      • Bwahahaaaa, the muppet from Maroon 5??? *giggles*

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