Director: James Ojala
Cast: Lisa Sheridan, Bruce Bohne, Jonah Beres
Production Company: Ojala Productions
Runtime: 99 minutes
We pollute our lakes and rivers, forcing nature to respond accordingly. The effects may have seemed minimal at first, but how long will it be before they become irreversible? Director James Ojala shows us one such eventuality in his new film, Strange Nature (2018)…
In the movie, Kim (Lisa Sheridan) returns to a small lakeside community where she grew up as a child. She soon discovers deformed frogs all around her family home. She initiates an investigation in order to discover the cause, but the hideous mutations have now moved up the food chain.
Lisa Sheridan is excellent as a former pop sensation who must now convince locals that something has gone terribly wrong in their community. Bruce Bohne from Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Jonah Beres from Stephanie (2017) are endearing and likable as Chuck and his grandson, Brody.
The film also features a wonderful supporting cast that includes…
John Hennigan from Minutes to Midnight (2018)
Justen Overlander from House of Ghosts (2012)
Faust Checho from 6 Degrees of Hell (2012)
David Mattey from Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)
Stephen Tobolowsky from Memento (2000)
Tiffany Shepis from Visions of Horror (2007)
Ann Hearn from Mirror Mirror (1990)
Chalet Lizette Brannan from Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills (2016)
The creature and gore effects are awesome. They’re a huge part of the movie. Ojala’s special effects have also been seen in a number of other films, including House of the Dead 2 (2005), Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) and Silent Retreat (2016).
Strange Nature is a good old-fashioned creature feature with an environmental theme. It’s was brewed in the same kind of toxic soup that brought us films like Frogs (1972), The Food of the Gods (1976), and Slugs (1988). Though it does have one big difference…
It’s a lot more serious than those other movies. The ramifications are more real than what we’ve seen in previous films of this nature. No simple answers are given, nor should they be expected. Be sure to stick around for an additional scene after the final credits roll.
– John Migliore
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