Director: Greg A. Sager
Cast: Alys Crocker, Michael G. Wilmot, Tara Elizabeth
Production Company: Matchbox Pictures Inc.
Runtime: 85 minutes
Are we alone in the universe? It certainly doesn’t seem likely. If that’s true, why haven’t we ever met any extraterrestrials? Maybe some of us have, but it remains a secret. Director Greg A. Sager puts this theory to the test in his new movie Gray Matter (2017).
In the film, a creature from outer space arrives on our world, intent on unleashing a deadly infestation. An alien GRAY abducts a human woman (Alys Crocker) and gives her the power to hunt down and destroy the evil invader from beyond.
Gray Matter is like an old-fashioned sci-fi invasion movie, but with better effects! There are definitely nods to films like The War of the Worlds (1953), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and Invaders from Mars (1953). There’s even a touch of Night of the Living Dead (1968) in there too!
Alys Crocker from ABCs of Death 2 (2014), Tormented (2014), and The Door (2014) is stone-cold sober and resilient in the role of Annabelle. She reminded me a lot of Brooke Adams, and her classic performance in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).
Early moments in the movie manage to capture some of the same awe and wonder that I remember feeling while watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Annabelle’s abduction is cleverly reminiscent of Barry Guiler’s capture from that movie.
The good alien vs. bad alien scenario also reminded me of a somewhat similar theme in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). I know I’ve dropped a lot of comparisons here, but take it as a positive that so many other great films came to mind while watching this one.
The digital and special make-up effects in the movie are highly effective. I particularly liked the look of all the alien creatures. The fight and stunt scenes are also well done, with excellent choreography. There’s definitely a lot of action in this movie to keep you interested.
Though technically a science fiction film, Gray Matter has plenty to offer horror fans as well. There’s plenty of tense moments, creepy monsters, and bloody violence that will appease even a finicky terror hound. Gray Matter will have you looking to the stars with hope and fear…
– John Migliore
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