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REVIEW: Cargo

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Netflix has finally released the highly anticipates Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, over this weekend and we got a chance to check this film out last night.

Cargo throws you right into the desperate situation of a husband, wife, and baby as they are living (trying to stay alive) while on an old boat.

Rations are slim and life is dangerous for the trio and things take a turn for the worst when Andy (Freeman) comes upon an abandoned boat and decides to pillage it for rations and items.

During his exploration, Andy hears a noise coming from a door in the boat and quickly makes his escape from, what we assume to be, a zombie.

Kay, (Susie Porter), decides that she will explore the boat too, for whatever illogical reason, and she too encounters this zombie, only she is unable to escape from being bitten, and, infected.

This puts a timestamp on Kay’s life and marks as a turning point in the film as her eventual, and unavoidable death, thrusts both Andy and their daughter onto a different path of survival, now making their way towards a military hospital.

This forces the trio to leave the comfort and safety of their boat for the wild and unpredictable journey on land.

Kay eventually succumbs to her infection and now Andy and his daughter are forced to go it alone, but, things take an interesting twist after Andy starts feeling the effects of a bite he received from Kay during her downfall.

This is where the movie starts adding layers to the storyline, with tribes, additional characters, and a villain, Victor, all added to the mix.

Andy and his daughter come across various groups of people all taking their own approach to survival and all taking a different mindset.

While some, such as Victor, believe that the world will return to normalcy and are using this time to build a foundation of power, others, such as Lorraine (Caren Pistorius) seem to have already accepted their fate, and seem to project a miserable and defeated attitude.

Others, such as Thoomi (Simone Landers), prove to be resourceful, determined, strong, and heroic.

While Cargo has it’s points where it can drag a bit, it doesn’t take away from the overall story.

Zombie movies have been done too many times to count, but Cargo takes a fresh approach that doesn’t seem to put itself at the mercy of gore, brutality, and our typical zombie hoard.

Instead, Cargo focuses on the story of humanity and the tough choices that lie ahead, putting the importance, and focus, on making decisions that impact loved ones, even if it means putting your own life in danger.

Where Andy takes an “at any means necessary” approach to ensuring the safety of his daughter first, and himself, other families choose to accept their fate and take the path of suicide to avoid an infection.

Fright Nerd Score
82 frights
Summary
Cargo will likely have a long run on Netflix and shows off Netflix's renewed focus on the horror genre, and this particular film is an example of things trending in the right direction.
Fright Nerd Score82

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Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ Shows a Pharmaceutical Trial Gone Wrong

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Netflix has shared an insane trailer for Cari Joji Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’, which arrives on the streaming service on September 21st and stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

“Maniac’ tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.”

Things do horribly wrong in the trial, and you get a glimpse of all the insanity in the trailer below:

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Brand New ‘Dead Night’ Clip Has Arrived

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A brand new clip of Brad Baruh’s ‘Dead Night’, which was at one point in time called Applecart, has arrived, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

The clip comes with a jump scare and should give you a nice taste before the film’s official release on VOD on July 27th.

James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James heads into the snowy forest in search of firewood, he encounters an enigmatic woman passed out in the snow. Bringing her back to the cabin for help, the family has no way of knowing that the woman’s presence is the catalyst for a series of events that will change their lives forever.

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Netflix Releasing ‘Ghoul’, Based On Arabic Folklore

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Netflix continues to churn out the scares and it will continue to do so when it launches its first Indian original horror series “Ghoul” on August 24th.

“’Ghoul’ is a thrilling horror series, both frightening and insightful. Its high production value, a chilling performance from Radhika Apte, and quality writing are sure to scare Indian and global audiences alike,” Simran Sethi, director, Netflix International Originals, said of the film.

Per the synopsis:

Based on Arabic folklore, “Ghoul” is set in a covert detention center and follows an interrogator who arrives at the facility to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world

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