Below is the trailer for the French horror film Mutants, which is timed rather poorly considering the imminent release of the remake of Romero’s The Crazies. I say timed poorly because they appear incredibly similar in plot — according to Bloody Disgusting, Mutants is about:
… a world devastated by a pandemic virus that turns human beings into primitive and bloodthirsty creatures, Marco and Sonia set off to find a secret base to escape from the “mutants”. When the latter attack them, Marco is contaminated too. Little by little, he undergoes the same changes. Sonia, who is expecting a baby, is then forced to fight her worst enemy, the man she loves.
So, yeah, a little bit of 28 Days Later, a little bit of the Living Dead series, a little bit of The Crazies. Not exactly original. That said, if you’re going to rehash a tried-and-true plot device, you should do it well. Writer/Director David Morlet (and co-writer Louis-Paul Desanges) appear to be doing it well. Quite well, in fact. It’s an effective little trailer, especially considering there’s zero dialogue in it, just flashing images. I like the shot at the end with the woman peering through the hole in the broken door, particularly because they didn’t go for the cheap jump scare, and instead just used a nasty sense of foreboding.
The plot, and the trailer, remind me of what was probably the best five minutes of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake — the scene at the very beginning with Sarah Polley trapped in her bedroom with the zombie little girl, and eventually, her zombie husband. It’s one of those incredibly freaky, panic-filled scenes, made more terrifying by the family aspect of it. Mutants looks like it might be two hours of that, which I find to be both disturbing and fascinating. I guess what I’m saying is, hell yes I’m going to check it out. It will be released on IFC later this month.