The Hive – USA, 2014

The Hive is a 2014 American science fiction horror feature film directed by David Yarovesky (BrightBurn) from a screenplay co-written with Will Honley. The movie stars Gabriel Basso, Sean Gunn, Kathryn Prescott and Gabrielle Walsh.

Plot:

A young man suffering from amnesia must dig deep into the far reaches of his mind to remember who he is and save the love of his life before a virus that has infected him takes over…

Reviews:

“There are moments within The Hive that work very well, and it’s a promising first effort from director Yarovesky, but it ultimately ends up feeling half-baked in spite of it tackling on a deeper than usual story.” Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting

” …it’s a brutal, occasionally heartbreaking tale of societal collapse and the dangers of scientific exploration. By frequently bouncing from past to present, Yarovesky balances two vastly different tones and manages to string them together seamlessly. The film works successfully as both a teen drama and an infection-based horror film.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

“The overall plot was properly introduced and elaborated upon, what began as a slow paced, cliché script morphed into a cleverly written conspiracy thriller. The practical effects were superb, the effects team didn’t transform the characters into typical zombie deviations.” Kage Einjeru, Decay Mag

“Instead of being an effective horror movie that has a love story at its heart, it ends up being a jumbled, unfocused, obnoxious mess that jumps back and forth so much, that at one point we didn’t even care what was happening anymore… which sucked” The Horror Club

“The camerawork was very quick with few scenes lasting more than a handful of seconds, it is for want of a better word MTV! Fast scene-to-scene and then going from one time to another. The FX were absolutely top-notch and by the look of it all physical where possible. Some really grimy and nauseating moments were all the better for the physical FX.” Andy Deen, UK Horror Scene

Cast and characters:

  • Gabriel Basso … Adam
  • Sean Gunn … Dr. Baker
  • Kathryn Prescott … Katie
  • Gabrielle Walsh … Jess
  • Jacob Zachar … Clark
  • Elya Baskin … Yuri Yegorov
  • Elaine Kagan … Subject 14
  • Talitha Eliana Bateman … Kayla (as Talitha Bateman)
  • Sonya Eddy … Nurse
  • Todd Christian Hunter … Pilot (as Todd Hunter)
  • Peter Mackenzie … Man in Suit
  • Ivo Nandi … Alexsandr
  • Sonya Krimsky … Mrs. Baker
  • Mary Elizabeth Boylan Mary Elizabeth Boylan … Dr. Baker’s Receptionist
  • Steve Agee … Kevin
  • Koosha Yar … Puraj
  • Michael St. Clair … Priest
  • Brekkan Spens … Camper
  • Aurelia Scheppers Aurelia Scheppers … Current Girl #1
  • Madelaine Petsch Madelaine Petsch … Current Girl #2
  • Velinda Godfrey … Current Girl #3
  • Alexandra Grossi … Current Girl #4
  • Stephen Blackehart … Soldier #1
  • Mike Escamilla … Soldier #2
  • Angie Menze … Shower Girl

Trivia:

Not to be confused with ant attack movie The Hive (2008).

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