The Turning (2011) Review

the turning 2011 filmStacey (Lianne Robertson), in a violent relationship with her husband Michael, has an affair with a childhood friend Dillon (Kemal Yildirim).
And just as things are getting intimate between them, they get caught, which leads to Michael and Dillon fighting and Michael being accidentally murdered.

Dillon and Stacey drive out to the woods to dispose of the body. Problem is when they open the boot he’s not dead! Oh sorry, I meant he’s undead!

We are then introduced to Quaid (Rami Hilmi) and discover through flashbacks that he had been hired by Michael to take pictures for evidence of an affair.
Leon (Jason Impey) joins the action, who has also hired Quaid. He’s something of a Neo-Nazi character, and he and Quaid’s relationship is rocky to say the least – Leon believing that Quaid is ripping him off and not doing the job that he agreed to do for him.

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Meanwhile Stacey and Dillon have been followed by the now undead Michael who has still not forgiven Stacey for the affair. He finds the pair and proceeds to bite Stacey, who unfortunately begins that inevitable, gradual transformation into a zombie.
As poor Stacey starts to feel exhausted as her zombie side takes over, they find refuge in a cabin which sadly seems to be attracting all the zombies in the area – they proceed to make Stacey and Dillon’s lives hell.

We then discover that Leon has been working with Ilsa (Eileen Daly) through experiments on “test subjects” and it looks like they have been creating zombies by referring to past Nazi experiments. Dillon feeling battle worn, tired and hungry still manages to put up something of a fight and is not going to be taken down easily, even when he gets captured.
The Turning ends on quite a retro 70’s/80’s vibe, you’ll have to check it out to see what I mean…

The whole vibe of the film reminds me of a low budget 70’s/80’s horror movie crossed with a martial arts movie. The fight scenes between Quaid and Dillon are beautifully choreographed for a low budget feature. Also the soundtrack embellishments remind me heavily of 70’s/80’s zombie films which suits the visuals perfectly. Stacey and Dillon make quite a convincing couple on screen and you can genuinely feel the love between them.

What makes this low budget horror film better than most other films of its type, is that the director, Jason Impey takes the time to ensure that we are introduced to the characters through flashbacks, whilst ensuring we are kept along for the zombie ride. No momentum is lost in the process.
It’s also nice to find out how Stacey and Dillon meet, prior to their unfortunate circumstances after the death of Michael.

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It would have been great to have had a touch more back-story regarding Dillon’s character as we don’t really ever discover what his character does for a living (drug dealer perhaps?)

On a personal note, I jumped out of my skin during a particular well shot scene when a zombie appeared out of nowhere in the cabin. It was totally unexpected, so congratulations to those involved for actually making Cut And Slash jump. It’s no mean feat!

Overall this is a great low budget film, which I would highly recommend you see once it has acquired UK distribution.

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Movie Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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