Chrysalis (2014) – By Brian Morton

It’s the zombie apocalypse…again. And there’s a small band of survivors who are trying to get by and just survive…again. This is what was going through my mind when I saw the movie Chrysalis drop into my inbox. ‘Oh great, another zombie apocalypse!’, I thought. Well, Chrysalis is the zombie apocalypse…sort of. But it’s a bit more, and that’s what makes is an apocalypse of a different sort!

It’s years after a war that has left man on the edge of extinction. A virus was released that has turned men into monsters and there’s only a few humans left alive. Two of them are Josh and Penelope. These two have been together for a while and have managed to survive…although barely. One evening, they hear fighting outside their shelter and discover Abira, a woman who’s on her way to meet others who are banding together for the safety of numbers. Penelope wants to join, but Josh wants to wait a few days, in order to better gauge Abira’s veracity. As the three struggle together, they begin to understand each other and soon, Abira’s secret is revealed! I’d tell you that secret, but it’s sort of the turning point of the movie, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!

I’m giving Chrysalis 4 out of 4 cigars, John Klein and crew have managed to take a fairly worn genre and work a bit of life back in to it. And, in the end, we’re left wondering what exactly might come next…and, as isn’t always the case in these movies, we’re left with some hope for humanity! It’s a zombie apocalypse that isn’t all darkness and horror, there’s some humanity left, which is nice to see for a change. You can visit the world of Chrysalis for yourself by heading over to http://www.glasscityfilms.com.