Nightmare Code (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Mark Netter
Starring: Andrew J. West, Mei Melançon, Googy Gress
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Indie Rights Movies
After a programmer working on a top secret surveillance program snaps in a murderous rage, a notorious code wizard with problems of his own moves into the startup offices to figure out what went wrong and deliver the final product. But the deeper he delves into the code, the more the code takes on a malevolent life of its own.
I give all the credit in the world to Nightmare Code for the creative side it takes. The movie is basically all surveillance and computer screen shots, which we’ve seen done as of late, but here it at least fits more of a purpose and goes along well with the story. I’m not sure I saw a character that I really wanted to get behind (the biggest thing going against this one), but I at least wanted to see just what would happen next and where this thing was going. One minute you have people wrestling around and the next you have someone running through the office shooting people at point-blank range. That is when the movie is at its most tense. Toss in some nudity and you have a bit of a random mix for Nightmare Code, but at least boring is one thing you can’t call this one and that is always a great thing in my book.
Now I don’t know if something like this will be for everyone (then again what is?). It takes a bit to really get going, but I think once this one finds the groove it at least never takes a step back, but that groove does take a little bit of time. So, setting the table here for the plot could be a bit tiresome. I do think the script is a smart one and brains in an indie horror film is something we just never see enough of these days. The actors are more than solid, they are good actors, but as I said above, I think the biggest issue with this one is that you still just never find it in you to care about these people, even when bad things are going down on-screen to them. Still, I’d say it is worth a watch and if you are always looking new and different indie films to check out, you could a whole heck of a lot worse than this one. It at least brings a little bit of creativity to the table and that makes it watch worthy in my book.
– Technology and Fear