Friday, May 15, 2015

Fear Friday ~ Love Apocalypse Style or Hey, Aren't There Supposed To Be Zombies?


It's Friday and time for another Fear Friday here at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. All month long our movies are finding fear out on the open road with a Road Trip theme. Last week's film tried to freeze us to death but this week's takes us back to the sunny desert for a joyride through a highly infected world. Checklist for your next road trip... bleach, surgical mask, disposable gloves, duct tape, plastic wrap and plenty of extra gas! Good luck out there!!!

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.


Fear Friday - Carriers



Tagline - The rules are simple. You break them, you die...


Directed by David and Alex Pastor (The Last Days) and released on September 4, 2009 by Paramount Vantage (Rated PG-13). Two couples, in a world with a deadly pandemic, try to cross the country in hopes of a safe place. But as in most apocalyptic worlds... this is no easy task!

Our story begins in an already pandemic effected United States. Brian (Chris Pine) and his girlfriend Bobbi (Piper Perabo) travel across the country along with Brian's brother Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Kate (Emily VanCamp). The brothers have a very simple set of rules they abide by... at all costs. Following these will hopefully bring them safely to their destination, a beach oasis from their childhood. Unfortunately they are not the only ones trying to stay alive in this post apocalyptic world. 

This week's film is a road trip through a desolate world where much of the population has been killed off by a deadly pandemic. While the cause of the virus is never mentioned one horribly wrong scene early on gives a huge nod to the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. And, while many people have died, there are still plenty left for our main four to run into. Some are desperate, some are good and some are not. Either way you learn quickly that no one in this new world wants to stop for anyone unless there is no other choice.

The story is a simple yet effective look at the possibility of a world without order. Because of this our main characters have create a few simple rules they live by to keep themselves safe. Unfortunately these rules are not always so easy to follow. But, as in most of these types of movies, people find themselves capable of many things when it comes to self preservation! Atmosphere plays a large part in this film. Choosing to have our characters driving though mainly desert country is a great choice as it adds to the empty and desolate feel of this post apocalyptic world.

As always the people that are left are more of a threat than the sick/infected/undead. That's what I find the most scary about these stories is how quickly the human race will turn on each other. I also find it refreshing to watch this genre without having any Zombies roaming around. I do love the Walking Dead but it's more realistic to take out that factor and leave the fear to our own doings. And I'm sure some will be thinking Zombie Land since this one also have rules. I read that this one was released before the other but had a very limited release. Though I have yet to see Zombie Land I am pretty sure this varies greatly from it.

With a PG-13 rating the scare and gore factor is pretty low. It's really more about atmosphere and the human condition than outright horror. But that doesn't mean it's not still a rather unsettling movie with some thrills along the way. I did read that the full R rated version was released on DVD in other countries. Here in the US they only released the PG-13 version on DVD.

Carriers is available on most DVD and DVD Streaming services.


Take a look at the original trailer ***If you don't want a great deal of the story pointed out to you I would suggest not watching past the 1:02 mark***


Sorry, no trivia for this one.

53 comments:

  1. not my thing but i do remember watching a TV serial based on a stephen king book that had a topic a littel similar that i enjoyed a lot ( can't remember teh name of the TV programm)

    thanks

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    1. That would have been The Stand I believe. A super virus gets loose at the beginning and wipes out most people. It's been a long time since I saw that.

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  2. Never heard of this movie but I love Piper Perabo and I like zombie/outbreak movies, so I would definitely give it a watch.

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  3. Nicole Carter (Weasley)May 16, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Where do you find these movies? Another one I haven't seen! Looks like a good one.

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  4. I have never heard of this movie, it looks like one I would watch.

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  5. I didn't used to be a big zombie apocalyptic movie type person until Walking Dead!! Now I'm willing to give any of them a chance :) This one looks great!! I can't wait to check it out!

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  6. Not my thing. It sounds scary and depressing.

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  7. I haven't heard of this movie and I have no interest in seeing it as I don't like movies or horror.

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  8. Zombie movies really aren't my thing, but this one sounds kind of different.

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  9. haven't seen it; not into zombie movies

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  10. I remember seeing this movie with my nieces - they enjoyed it, bit it's not the type of movie I generally watch.

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  11. I haven't seen it, but I would like to. I like zombie movies.

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  12. I have watched this movie before. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I thought that the plot and acting were well done and it kept my interest throughout. I recommend it.

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  13. Haven't seen it, looks interesting though.

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  14. I agree, what makes a movie like this scary are the things that desperate people will do when there's no one around to enforce the rule of law. Thank you for sharing this review.

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  15. This movie is very action packed. The trailer made me nervous. This movie is a good one But I am afraid I would get too nervous Watching it!!

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  16. I haven't heard of this one either. It sounds good though. I like the idea of a pandemic...well...not in real life!

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  17. This looks very intense! Maybe a little too intense for me, lol...

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  18. Interesting! I hadn't heard of this one. Cool. Thanks for the review.

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  19. I haven't seen it and probably wouldn't. Horror movies just aren't my thing.

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  20. Looks strange not sure I would watch it!

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  21. Sometimes the way people react is scary than any gore or monsters

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  22. I am glad that it has a PG-13 rating and that the scare and gore factor is low.
    This does not look like my kind of movie.

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  23. I'm not a huge fan of pandemic themed movies, so I probably won't watch this one.

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  24. I'm not a huge fan of pandemic themed movies, so I probably won't watch this one.

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  25. Never seen or heard of this but it sounds interesting

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  26. I would totally watch this, it's right up my alley!!

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  27. I am an hige HORROR fan, have seen all the great movies. I have seen Carriers as well, loved it!

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  28. Me & my 2 daughters are big scary movie buffs! We can't get enough & the scarier the better ;) some think we are a little wierd but its ok to be wierd or different is what I say! Anyways, we will definitely be looking for this one to watch this weekend,sounds awesome, Thanks :)

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  29. Me & my 2 daughters are big scary movie buffs! We can't get enough & the scarier the better ;) some think we are a little wierd but its ok to be wierd or different is what I say! Anyways, we will definitely be looking for this one to watch this weekend,sounds awesome, Thanks :)

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  30. I have never seen this one and i like to think im a scary movie buff! thanks i will check this one out!

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  31. I haven't seen this but I would like to. I also don't think it looks too scary!

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  32. ashley.loves.deanMay 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Pass. I like zombie movies but this looks too....commercialized

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  33. I though that this movie was pretty cool in that it had a theme that is not covered in Hollywood much--disease. I though it was good and I would like to see it.

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  34. I've never heard of it, but as soon as I finished the trailer, I was suddenly pumped to watch it :)

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  35. I haven't seen it yet but it sounds really interesting.I'll definitely watch it soon.

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  36. I do think this looks like a good movie. I like scary movies but can't really watch the gore anymore. I used to love the gore but it's not for me now. Thanks!

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  37. sounds and looks like a good movie. More my speed than other horror movies!

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  38. I haven't heard of this but sounds interesting.

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  39. Awesome movie. Great take on the virus flick with solid performances and a cool cameo by Meloni.

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  40. I would probably watch it. I usally like scary stuff.

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  41. I would definitely watch this. I'm slowly becoming more of a horror fan.

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  42. Never heard of it but it does look like my kind of thing, I'll definitely end up checking this out.

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  43. I'm such a coward lol don't think I have the guts to watch this

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  44. I've never heard of this movie but now I definitely want to see it!!

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  45. Looks good, I'd give it a watch.

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  46. I've actually seen this before and I really liked it

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  47. I love horror, but I usually pass on outbreak/virus (& even most zombie) type movies; although I have seen some I did like.

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  48. This really looks like it is a great movie, that I need to see very soon.

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