24th Mar2021

‘Crucified’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Cinzia Monreale, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Marina Loi, Veronica Urban, Lorenzo Lepori, Nina Orlandi, Sergio Stivaletti, Francesca Orsini | Written by Claudio Lattanzi, Antonio Tentori | Directed by Claudio Lattanzi

Crucified (aka Everybody’s End) does sound like a slightly odd title for a movie about a post-apocalyptic world in which an epidemic has taken over and a few survivors band together to try and stay alive. But the title does get explained towards the end of the movie in an interesting turn of events.

As far as post-apocalyptic worlds go, especially in lower-budgeted movies, Crucified looks pretty good. A mix of basic CGI and using a small indoor location works well and the movies shows a dark, miserable-looking world that suits much of the movie. The filmmakers have also put in plenty of effort into the practical effects for the gore and death scenes. They are a definite highlight and by far the most entertaining and craziest scene involves a man having his heart ripped out of his chest (Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky-style) in a death that looks so much better than you’d expect it to.

Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot else that Crucified has going for it. The acting isn’t great, and while the dialogue may have the subtitled translation (from Italian) as an excuse the wooden acting doesn’t have that on its side. There are some terrible moments in the film that are inexcusable and the director has to take the blame. One scene shows a character ‘caught out’ when he sends a ‘secret’ text. He tries to hide it by turning his back on the person standing a metre in front of him. While another scene sees two characters hide under some clear bubble wrap and it works! And the final moments see a character just choose not to use the one thing that can get them out of their bad situation until the very last moment, seemingly only to build tension (it doesn’t work).

Other low points including a group of people with a cool name – The Exterminators – but are just a not very cool looking group of people wearing a lot of black (that sounds like I’m talking about goths but they are less cool than that). The music is generally just really odd too. There’s no flow to it, it seems to cover many genres but never fits the action on screen, almost placed randomly throughout the film.

There is a twist ending that opens up lots of possibilities and in theory, is kind of exciting. It definitely makes the final fifteen minutes more interesting but not enough to make up for the hour before it. To the point that it almost seems a bit tacked on. It does at least give the filmmakers an excuse to make a sequel or prequel but I’m not sure many people will be desperate to see it. Practical effects lovers will get some joy from Crucified but everyone else should steer clear.

Crucified is out now on digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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