Production Update: The reviews are in...
Kiss the Abyss has been well received at it's first batch of festivals and some terrific reviews are hitting the wire. Here Jonathan Weichsel from Film Radar offers his 2 cents...
Kiss the Abyss:
In order for a monster movie to be successful, it needs to be psychological. Think back to the old Universal monster movies. These dealt much more with the emotional pain that a monster goes through than the physical pain of the monster’s victims. The same can be said about Kiss the Abyss. This is not to say that the film isn’t a bloody good time. It is. But it also has more going on below the surface than your typical monster movie.
Kiss the Abyss deals with relationships, both familial and romantic, and takes a hard look at how we feed off of each other. After Lesley (Nicole Moore) is accidentally murdered, her wealthy but arrogant father, comically obedient brother, and slightly rebellious boyfriend Mark (Scott Wilson) drive her out to a shack in the woods where a mysterious man named Gus (Douglas Bennett) is given a lot of money to inject her with a serum which revives her. The trio is given firm instructions never to return.
Mark brings Lesley home, and under instructions from her father, does not tell her what happened. Unfortunately, the treatment causes her to gradually transform into a flesh eating monster.
Kiss the Abyss starts with a slow build that gradually pulls you in by withholding information. The family drama is handled very well, and Douglas Bennett steals every scene he is in, giving a truly crazy performance.
Kiss the Abyss does an outstanding job handling its comedic elements. Like Fugue and Transfer, this is a film that really understands its genre, and is therefore able to fully explore its premise. If you are just looking for a really fun, really well made, intelligent monster movie, this is the one to look for.
Thanks Jonathan, I couldn't agree more.