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on 28 January 2010
A group of ambitious medical students get together to party the night away, with a mix of drink and drugs nicked from the hospital pharmacy. Along comes Kenneth(Andrew Lee Potts, of Primeval and Ideal fame), not exactly the life and soul of the party,a shuffling, stammering mortuary worker with a penchant for self harm. He has a crush on one of the students Catherine(Arielle Kebbel), and asks to walk her home. He is told to get lost by obnoxious Sean(Martin Compston) and Kenneth retaliates by telling them he has filmed the stealing of the drugs from the pharmacy, on his mobile. Worried, they invite him to sit with them, in order to placate him, and steal the evidence.
The it all goes pear shaped. After pouring copious amounts of liquer down Kenneth's throat, he suffers an epileptic seizure, and then goes into shock. Catherine wants to ring for the ambulance, but the others all side with Sean, who says that if they are caught with illegal drugs, their careers will be over. So instead, they dump Kenneth by the hospital. Catherine rings the hospital ward later to discover that Kenneth has slipped into a coma. Sean is pleased, as this guarantees Kenneth's silence. Catherine is not so pleased, and wracked with guilt, she uses her brilliant medical mind to research drugs that may help Kenneth's recovery. The following night she enters the ward under false pretences, and injects Kenneth with the drug. She should have researched the side effects more carefully, as soon Kenneth is able, through out of body experiences, to possess other peoples bodies, in order to carry out a bloody revenge on his tormentors.
This film is directed by Paddy Breathnach, who also has Shrooms in his directing credits. This might put a few people off, as Shrooms is widely derided as a bad film(I thought it had some good points). Well, this is a far better film, and I really can't understand the criticism that it was wrong for Breathnach to have used British locales and cast and made an American based horror. I think if the script worked in an American setting, so be it. It is difficult to side with any of the students in peril, as on the whole, they are a very selfish, unlikeable bunch. However, the mainly British cast all deliver good performances.
The film really comes into its own once Kenneth is in the coma, and is carrying out his revenge through other human vessels. There are some inventive , bloody set pieces and the whole thing comes across as a nifty variation on the Australian horror film 'Patrick'.
Altogether, a very enjoyable horror film, and a rather unfairly derided one too. Nice array of extras on the disc too. I'm giving the whole package 4 out of 5