Director – Billy O’Brien
Cast – John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Craig Conway, Antonia Thomas, Jumayn Hunter, Beth Winslet, Ned Dennehy
Release Year – 2015
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Sometimes you feel the need for what you know will be obvious B-grade horror, and that was me going into The Hybrid. I went in with low expectations, and much to my surprise I was presented with a film whose production value is much better than I anticipated. Blending sci-fi and horror, I was hoping that at the very least I’d see some conflict I’d enjoy, and I am glad to say both elements leave their mark. The Hybrid is by no means a good film, but it may be enough for a night when you need an easy horror/sci-fi fix.
When a team of mercenaries is hired for a risky operation deep inside the former Soviet Union, what should have been a simple extraction turns to chaos when they realize the subject is a genetically engineered alien hybrid.
From the mind behind the unique 2005 Irish film Isolation, co-writer/director Billy O’Brien delivered fantastic execution early on. The first act had me hooked. We watch as the team of mercenaries trek across the frozen landscape to a secretive bunker under guard by a renegade Georgian troops. Our protagonists must elude them and make their way into the underground bunker to retrieve the subject their employers demand. Little do they know, they are in for one hell of a surprise. We get our first glimpse of creature action at 30 minutes, and at the 40 minute mark it manifests completely. I enjoyed the steam punk-esque look of the creatures and the good tension O’Brien provided during this first act. The story loses quite a bit of steam during the second act, focusing mostly on the mystery behind the bunker and the secrets it hides. The revelations are interesting, but they aren’t exciting. From here on out the execution is only decent and not as good as it was at the beginning of the film. We do see some decent gore and kills, with dismemberments and bodies blown to pieces in full-frontal fashion. Our main antagonist looks a bit cheesy, and because of this he is never scary. He does provide for the majority of kills seen, but a creepier antagonist would have aided the film as a horror flick.
Overall, The Hybrid is a decent B-movie. It starts off really well with good writing and directing execution, but from then on out it is mediocre.