Mercenaries are hired to rescue a bioengineer imprisoned in a cold war bunker. As they arrive to the location, they are about to find out, underneath these doors walks an unknown creature.
If you were worried that you could not end the year of 2021 in a positive, loving way, then i have some wonderful news to you. Death Valley is exactly how you celebrate the end of a year, because what more could you ask for than a monster running around in an underground military facility, where you even find zombies? This is definetely a film that will be appreciated if you love films such as Xtro 2, The Devil´s Tomb and Resident Evil combined. You could say that this film have borrowed ideas from a lot of similar films, and i have no problem with that. The way i see it, is that we need a film like Death Valley to be released in 2021, because we need the legacy of sci fi horror that reminds us of the 80´s and 90´s to continue. There is a new generation of teenagers out there who need to see why a film like this is so important to be made, so they can learn to appreciate the true classics. So what is it specifically i appreciate with a film such as Death Valley? First of all the monster design looks really good. This may be the best monster design i have seen for many years, knowing that this is all made from practical make up effects. The details on this creature is quite incredible, when you see the monster in full, and i guarantee that you won´t find any film that have done better practical make up effects than in Death Valley this year, in independent horror films. I think the military facility works well with the atmosphere of the monster, as he walks around looking for new victims. What about the plot? To be honest there is not a lot of plot in this film, and that´s ok. A film like Death Valley does not need a complicated plot, we just need big guns, a monster and some fun dialogue. The characters in this film actually works for the most part, and especially the duo actors known as Jeremy Ninaber and Ethan Mitchell as the characters James Beckett and Marshall. You can feel their chemistry on screen, and they are a great match for a film like this. Actres Kristen Kaster as the character Chloe is exactly the right female character to be in a military facility, bringing some female power into the plot. My only real problem with Death Valley is that i would have liked to see more brutal fights between the monster and the military crew. With such a cool design of the creature, i just feel like we could have had more blood and flesh wounds. Otherwise i can´t complain, since this is a fun film for audiences wordwide. Director Matthew Ninaber combine a lot of classic ingredients, and have managed to make a film that brings back the good old days of VHS action horror releases. If you plan to end 2021 with a film on Shudder, you should spend the countdown in the company of Death Valley, and i guarantee you will feel pleased with the beginning of 2022.