Virus movies that turn victims into crazed predators or zombies are a dime a dozen these days, so it's no surprise that Anchor Bay Entertainment releases Antisocial on DVD for April 22, 2014. But even though Antisocial may seem like another bargain-bin virus movie, it actually has some interesting ideas.
On New Year's Eve, five university friends gather together for an intimate house party, but as the night progresses they become aware of a dangerous pandemic striking the world outside their walls and soon have to contend with the threat entering their space when infected victims come knocking on their door.
As a whole, Antisocial isn't a spectacular movie. It's a simplistic film that uses a very old formula (think 28 Days Later, or Night Of The Living Dead) and along with the erroneous music soundtrack heard throughout, the acting is also a little wooden. For a horror movie, Michelle Mylett's female lead character Sam is tough to rally behind because for most of the movie she reacts to events and situations like a statue. Then there's the ending ripped right out of Resident Evil.
But where Antisocial deserves some points is its creativity. Taking a satirical bend, Antisocial utilizes the concept of social media (and inevitably social media addiction) as its cause for the virus. Exactly how that translates in the plot details, is up for the viewer to see and conclude if it makes much sense, but Antisocial at least comes at its night of terror from an interesting angle.
The movie also maintains an intriguing visual look that adds nice depth to its creepiness. When the victims first begin to feel their infection, their hallucinations are eerie and from a visual effects standpoint, scary. If the film could have improved its other flaws, Antisocial might have been one to talk about for years.
On DVD, the movie looks pretty clean with a nice standard image and sounds very effective with two different audio modes; Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo 2.0. The disc comes with a couple of added features, including a half-decent commentary track by director Cody Calahan and DOP Jeff Maher (discussing the visual look adopted for the virus). A behind-the-scenes segment that touches on the social media theme that fuels the film is talked about by the cast and creators.
Antisocial is a satirical horror film that has some genius ideas but ultimately lacks in execution. While there are things to enjoy about it, there are also elements that remind you how its faltering. The DVD edition is a pretty solid release, delivering a good technical presentation and worthwhile bonus features, but Antisocial unfortunately won't be remembered in the long run.