|release date||April 10 2012|
|writer||D. Todd Deeken|
|starring||C. Thomas Howell, Judd Nelson, Jason London|
|tagline||Terror Is Contagious!|
The Terror Experiment is essential 28 Days Later meets Resident Evil with slightly higher production values than a SyFy movie of the week. It features a number of actors desperately clinging to some semblance of a career, such as Judd Nelson, Lochlyn Munroe, Robert Carradine, and Jason London. It’s really no surprise at how bad this movie is; director George Mendeluk has an impressive resume, having directed 13 made-for-TV movies inside the span of four years, none of which appear to be anything more than your standard late-night fodder.
The film follows a group of survivors as they try to escape a deadly biological weapon that is spreading throughout their office building. Released by a disgruntled veteran to call to light the government’s role behind its development, the gas causes those who come into direct contact with it to become violent and aggressive. A bunch of stuff happens, secrets are revealed, blah blah blah.
The film opened with a scene of chaos as the weapon is released in the building, causing earthquake-like tremors. It then flashes back four hours to Cale, played by Jeremy London, asleep in his bed. He wakes up, goes to work, trades jabs with his ex wife in the elevator (who happens to work in the same building with him) then settles into his boring job. Then we get the EXACT same scenes from the opening of the movie. Aside from not being interesting to watch, it’s just lazy.
Really, it’s nothing you haven’t seen a million times before. It’s boring, poorly written, and riddled with such horrible CGI you can’t help but laugh. I would single out a character for a halfway decent performance if there was one, though it was nice to see Judd Nelson, playing a tough-as-nails federal agent, come out of his mom’s attic for once. David Carradine, clearly not able to capture the fame and glory that came with starring in Revenge of the Nerds, stars as a scientist or something. I don’t know, I was too busy being mesmerized by his perfect goatee. It didn’t make him look evil at all.
I…I can’t write anything else. This movie is just so monumentally stupid that writing anything else would simply be a waste of time.