Equal parts zombie flick, sci fi shocker, black comedy, and apocalyptic disaster movie, Hungerford is an impressively ambitious project with a huge amount of heart and passion.
…reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project… with more than a little of the black comedy of Shaun of the Dead. Horror fans won’t be left hungry.
Directed by nineteen-year-old Casson, Hungerford is a charmingly homegrown addition to a lagging subgenre, brimming with ideas and personality. Like its young director, Hungerford is one to watch.
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Cowen Rosewell lives with a small group of old friends, in a scruffy flat, in a small English town. Like many teens leaving school, there are few prospects or opportunities for people like Cowen and he has enrolled on a college media course as a way of passing the time.
His first assignment is to record everything in ‘a week of his life’. At first Cowen dismisses the random acts of violence he witnesses as the ‘business as usual’ in a small English town. However, when Cowen inadvertently kills an assailant, whilst defending one of his best friends, the inexplicably serious nature of the dead assailant’s injuries alert them to a more disturbing reality.
As events escalate, Cowen and his friends discover that the town has come under a mysterious malign influence which is somehow controlling organised gangs who are rounding people up and taking them to a nearby factory.
The friends hide, hoping to escape, but their sanctuary is discovered and overrun. Finally Cowen must make his way alone to the factory in search of his loved ones. The evil force that awaits him there has implications not just for Cowen, but for the entire world.