RELEASED IN 2006 and directed by Nicholas Mastandrea, "The Breed" details events when five American youths spend a party weekend at a scenic isolated island. Unfortunately, the island is inhabited by scores of mad dogs, literally. Oliver Hudson and Eric Lively head the cast as rival brothers: one a wild screw-up and the other proper & academic.
The cabin-in-the-woods horror element is old hat, dating back to "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), but "The Breed" is more realistic than most of these kinds of creature features, particularly since the 'creature' in this case is a bunch of rabid canines, which brings to mind movies like "Wolfen" (1981) and "Night of the Wild" (2015). "The Breed" is more akin to the latter, but with a limited cast and isolated setting.
The prologue is highlighted by Lisa-Marie Schneider in a bikini and the gorgeous South African locations (although I'm sure the island is supposed to be somewhere off the American Northwest coast). Michelle Rodriguez & Taryn Manning appear as the two main females in the cast; they're likable enough and moderately appealing, but nothing to get overly excited over. It's nice to see Michelle in a role that deviates from her typical kick-axx cliché.
Despite the by-the-numbers plot and some horror trappings, e.g. the black dude (Hill Harper) dying first (which isn't a spoiler), it all comes down to whether or not you can buy the setting & the characters; and does the movie build-up suspense by the final act? The answer to both questions is 'yes.' It may not be a resounding 'yes,' but it's a good enough 'yes.'
I heard a couple of critics pan the film on the grounds that the youths look way older than teens or even college age, but listen closely and it's established that they're all in their mid-20s. For instance, the younger brother is 25, which means that the older brother is around 27; and the blonde girl is 24 if you do the math.
THE FILM RUNS 90 minutes and was shot in George and Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. WRITERS: Robert Conte & Peter Wortmann.
When the bad boy John inherits an isolated house in an island, he invites his brother and student of veterinary Matt and his girlfriend Nikki together with their common friends Sara and Noah to fly with him in his hydroplane and spend a couple of days having good time in the place. Later Sara is attacked by a dog and they recall that in the other side of the island there was a facility for training dogs that had been shutdown to avoid a rabies outbreak. While walking through the woods, they find a man called Luke, who sailed with his girlfriend Jenny to the island, covered of blood and Luke is killed by a pack of hounds. The group runs to the house and the animals put the place under siege, and they try to find a means of escape. When the survivors reach the compound, they disclose that the dogs have been genetically redesigned to become a breed of killers.
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