Island Zero is reminiscent of a lost film you’d see late at night flicking through channels, it brings a 70s type feel with it (despite not being a 70s set film) and whilst you may think that I am deriding the film for this, in fact it is the opposite – I kind of fell in love with the style, the film just had me with its low budget charm and it is an indie film through and through.
The story is that a remote fishing island of the coast of Maine is cut off from the mainland as the ferry just isn’t arriving. There are a bunch of people that want to leave the island and this causes some tension not to mention the fact that supplies are running short and then people start going missing – something is hunting people on the island.
The acting isn’t the best you’ve seen but it is certainly good enough to keep the story flowing and everyone does their best. The sound design for a lower budget film is really, really good using some great atmospheric synth music to enhance the mood. Director Josh Gerritsen is certainly creative working within the constraints of the budget and using light and shadows to good effect.
Island Zero takes its time getting to the marrow of this story – which is to say that this film is a creature feature. However when the creatures do finally become an immediate threat, the film is definitely fun. I found the creative ways in which they show or more aptly hide the monsters to be very clever yet simple – the kind of thinking born of a lower budget. With a slightly unexpected twist, Island Zero keeps things fresh yet familiar and it certainly makes for a great last twenty minutes with an ending that is bleak as hell.
Don’t expect the world from Island Zero and you should have a good time especially if you have a soft spot for low budget creature films!
Available on VOD 15th May Nationwide (USA) by Freestyle Releasing
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78
Images: Ted Geoghegan