Director – Chuck Patton
Cast – Nika Futterman, Keith Szarabajka, Jim Cummings, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kelly Hu, Bruce Boxleitner, Lia Sargent, Hal Sparks, Jeff Bennett, Jim Piddock, Phil Morris, Grey DeLisle, Maurice LaMarche, Rob Neill, David Allen Kramer
Release Year – 2008
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I am not very knowledgeable on animated horror films, but I really wish that I was. There are times when I just want something different, and animated horror is an easy and enjoyable fix that I should delve into more often. Based on the popular video game series “Dead Space”, Dead Space: Downfall plays into the origin of the storyline and gives us everything we’d imagine in a video game adaptation: tons of ass-kicking, gore, and good creature carnage – making for a very enjoyable experience.
Set in a futuristic age where Earth no longer exists, mining spaceship USG Ishimura is transporting an ancient artifact of religious significance known as the Red Marker. Soon after the discovery of the artifact those in its presence begin falling victim to mental breakdown that results in suicides and mass murders, and when one of those infected makes its way onboard the Ishimura all hell breaks loose in a space-age battle between man and beast.
I really need to get more into animated horror films, because this was a damn fun film to watch. Coming in at a mere 77 minutes there is little time wasted before those affected by the Red Marker begin savagely killing themselves and those around them, and when the infection reaches to Ishimura all hell breaks loose as Head of Security Alissa Vincent leads her team of security operatives to do away with the heinous creatures taking over her ship…and in bullet-slinging violent fashion. The storyline is simple and consists primarily of non-stop ass-kicking, which I found no problems with given the type of film this is. I heard some negative remarks regarding the story, with some saying the story did not offer much and this was just eye candy for gore hounds. That is somewhat true to an extent, but is it a negative? Not to me it isn’t.
Director Chuck Patton did a fine job with this piece, giving us sweet visuals and great execution of the tons of action involved. The atmosphere is great, as are most films involving space, and the nowhere-to-run scenario of being in a spaceship surrounded by millions of miles of nothing added to the good tension provided by the ghastly creatures running amok in the ship. I loved the look of the creatures and the intense gore they dished out, and equally awesome were the security operatives to returned the favor to the devilish beings and made this one hell of a fun film to watch.
Overall, Dead Space: Downfall is a fun animated horror film that I recommend to fans of such flicks as well as those who just want to see something different in the horror genre. The story is simple but effective in providing good horror as it allows Chuck Patton to give us tons of ass-kicking carnage and loads of gore that result in truly fun ride.