Director – Roel Reiné
Cast – Emily Baldoni, Nick Mennell, Marc Bacher, Brianna Brown, Hadley Fraser, Maxine Bahns, Ryan Alosio, Lance Henriksen
Release Year – 2010
Reviewed by John of the Dead
If you don’t know what the LULZ is I suggest you look it up because lulz is exactly what The Lost Tribe is. Ok so here is what happened: In 2009 a film titled The Forgotten Ones was completed. It was apparently so bad that the production crew decided they needed to remake the film as The Lost Tribe, with a new director, writer/script, and cast. So why am I laughing so hard at this film? That is because The Lost Tribe, a film that was supposed to live up to the original expectations not achieved with The Forgotten Ones, is even worse than the film it replaced. I don’t even want to imagine how this could have possibly happened, but it did. If the prior film was so bad then the filmmakers would just do the opposite in this case right? Well apparently not, and that is why The Lost Tribe is one of the biggest jokes in horror this millennium.
When their boat capsizes offshore a group of friends find themselves stranded on an uncharted island inhabited by an ancient tribe of humanoid creatures with a thirst to kill.
First-time writer Mark E. Davidson gave us a few right and a lot of wrongs. The story starts off OK, taking its time to develop and not delivering the first kill (an off-screen one) until 35 minutes into the experience. Our protagonist characters are all unlikable and I was glad to see them killed off, which is sometimes a good thing but usually a result of poor writing. Davidson does throw in a lot of kill scenes and I was happy for that, and he continued to keep the “horror” going with some tense chase sequences. The biggest fiasco regarding the story is the use of Gallo, who is portrayed by Lance Henriksen. Lance’s name is on the bill to sell the film but his character serves basically no purpose. We are teased with the possibility that he is going to show up and kick supreme ass, but instead he was wasted talent on a pathetic film.
Director Roel Reine gave us good atmosphere, a solid location, and decent looking creatures, but he offers nothing more than that. While sometimes visually appealing the actors are poorly executed and the same goes for the creatures. I liked their look and it had much potential, but their mannerisms and overdubbing were pretty bad at times. There also isn’t much as far as gore goes, leaving the horror to rely solely on his execution of the creatures, which again was decent at best.
Overall, The Lost Tribe is a laughable film and not just because of how bad it is, but because this was supposed to be an “improvement” over its failed predecessor. Instead it is much worse and I find that hilarious.