When I received this screener from director Scott Hansen, I honestly didnít know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that it was a low-budget effort and that Hansen had put his heart-and-soul into the project.

Iím no going to lie. I went into this viewing experience with little to no expectations. The most I could hope for is that I would be blown away or walk away saying that film was absolute crap. There was not going to be any middle ground.

So, what did I end up finding? Letís take a look and see:

The short film (which I was expecting to be a full-length release) opens with the break-in at a pharmaceutical company. This is done while the opening credits play over the action.

Afterwards, once the eclectic credits have rolled, weíre introduced to two cops sitting in their car and waiting to make a bust against the criminals whoíve busted into the company.

I have to stop here for a second. Before I put the DVD into my player, I told myself that since this was a low-budget film, we were going to get a cop smoking and that there would be a close-up of the cigarette. Was I wrong? Nope. There it was only about five minutes into the film. Not that it detracted from my viewing experience, mind you, but I did get a giggle from it.

So, our cops find the criminals and take off on foot after them. Itís here that we get to the meat of the action.

One of the cops, reminding me of Kane Hodder in the face and body build, begins to track one of the criminals. He trails him through the streets and into a section of old buildings.

During the chase, the criminal trips and spills some of the goop stolen from the pharmaceutical company onto himself. When heís finally cornered at a chain-link fence, instead of giving up he chooses to jump entirely over the barrier.

A SWAT team is called in once the criminal backs himself into a corner in an old building. However, heís slowly changing into a monster. And once the transformation is complete, he takes out the SWAT team one-by-one. But not before his body is riddled with bullets.

Still alive, heís about to kill ďKane HodderĒ when the other cop shows up and blows him away with a shotgun.

Now, once youíre led to believe that the film is almost over, we get to the twist.

The cop with the shotgun gets a call from his wife. It seems that sheís been in an accident. He races to the scene and finds her car overturn. And he also finds his daughter, who was contaminated with the goo when the criminal was escaping through a supermarket.

Is she now one of the monsters? Youíll have to watch the film to find out.

Now that Iíve spilled the meat of the movie, letís take a look behind-the-scenes and comment on our hearty filmmakers:

I wasnít crazy about the filmís soundtrack. It just didnít seem to compliment the movie in any way. There were even moments when the click clack of the music got to be aggravating. It didnít completely take me out of the film, however, which is a good thing. I just couldnít dig it.

I also have to mention that the acting was pretty sub-par. The characters came off like walking 2X4ís instead of as human beings. The only character that I truly felt emotion for was the black man who turned into the monster. You could really feel the exhaustion oozing from him as he ran from the cops.

The F/X team did a great job. There are moments when the monster would be puking up its insides that really got me to pumping my fist for more. Their make-up on the monster was also fantastic. Itís also here that I have to give up a thumbs-up to director Hansen for keeping the monster in the shadows. Itís rare that we get a good close-up on it, and it truly helps the imagination to conjure an eerie image of just what we canít see.

The only downside for the F/X team is a moment when one of our cops is attacked and bitten on the neck. The F/X is pretty poor on this one. Of course, Iím not sure if the cop was completely bitten or just infected with the pharmaceutical goop. It was pretty hard to tell.

Director Scott Hansen does a great job with the material given him. He uses some great shots in the film. Now, Iíve already mentioned the infamous cigarette, but he does so much more that it keeps you glued to the screen. Thereís one shot of a battleship that I really loved. Yes, thereís some herky-jerky camerawork, and a tad of
ĒMTV-styleĒ editing, but it goes with the flow of the film. In no way does it take anything away from it.

So, how well do I like ADRENALINE?

I really liked it a lot.

The film reminded me of an episode of MASTERS OF HORROR. Was it good enough to compete with the big boys like John Carpenter? Oh, most definitely. Now, let me remind you that Carpenter is my all-time favorite director. So Iím really putting Scott Hansen on a pedestal. ADRENALINE is good enough to compete with ďPro-LifeĒ.

There are moments in his film that truly reminded me of early Carpenter efforts like DARK STAR and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Now, if someone would give Hansen a budget (if Iím not mistaken, ADRENALINE cost roughly $2,000), thereís no telling what he could do. Is he capable of a HALLOWEEN or ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK? Only time will tell, but I do believe Hansen has the chops to make genre favorites.

Iím going to go out on a limb, here, and just say it: Scott Hansen is the next John Carpenter.

Now, find yourself a copy of ADRENALINE and watch it. And see if you can come away from it without hearing the word ďdaddyĒ and keep your skin from crawling.

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