Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of THE REMAINING: Christian Horror

September 30, 2014

It was the wedding day of Dan and Skylar. Their best friends were all there: the best man Jack, the maid of honor Allison, and the photographer Tommy. Everything was going on perfectly until suddenly, a lot of people suddenly dropped to the floor dead. This was followed by a series of disasters of such magnitude the world had yet not known until that time, killing even more people. 

All five friends survive and seek shelter with other survivors in a church. There they begin to realize what this major worldwide catastrophe was actually the Rapture as described in Biblical prophecy. As they eventually realize the true meaning of these events, important spiritual decisions between survival or salvation will have to be made. 

The cast lists unfamiliar young actors like Johnny Pacar, Shaun SiposBryan Dechar, Alexa Pena-VegaItalia Ricci and Liz E. Morgan portraying the lead roles. They were an attractive lot, and they did relatively well in the acting department given the limited dimensions of their characters, especially Pacar (as Tommy) and Ricci (as Allison) who had a little romantic subplot written for them.

Writer/director Casey La Scala did well in telling the story at a fast clip. The atmosphere of suspense and tension were effectively developed. The violent visual effects were passable given the limited budget. I thought La Scala did well not to blatantly show those creatures which snatched people off to the sky (though this might disappoint hardcore horror fans). The shaky camera work did make me dizzy a bit, so I could not keep my eyes on the screen all the time.

Though it was not obvious from the title nor the trailer, this film is actually a vehicle for Christian preaching. The message was not subtle. It is out there for the audience to listen to and reflect on. I do not think I have seen such a horror film with an overtly religious intent. For me, I did not mind it. However, if you are one of those who do not like religion mixed with their film entertainment, this will not be for you. 4/10.

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