Subject Two (2006) – By Brian Morton

 We’ve seen it time and time again, the Frankenstein theme is so prolific in horror that it seems that every filmmaker out there has a script tucked away that’s his or her own personal riff on the Frankenstein theme. The problem is that most people don’t have a particularly interesting take on the story, that’s not the case with Subject Two.

Subject Two is basically the story of Adam, a young man who has volunteered to help a doctor who’s doing research in the middle of nowhere. The problem is that the doctor, Ethan, is working on a formula that will resurrect the dead, and, in order to test his serum, he kills Adam again and again. Now, don’t think this is another zombie/Frankenstein movie, Adam returns with all his faculties and understands what is happening to him, that makes this movie all the more disturbing, as Adam begins enjoying his new freedom, after all what can happen to you once you’re already dead?

Subject Two is probably one of the best independent horror movies of last year. It’s well put together and acted and the story never veers too far from reality. And, since Adam is Subject Two, what happened to Subject One, and with an ending not unlike the original Frankenstein story, what’s next for Adam is a question that I, for one, would like answered. I’m giving Subject Two three and a half out of four cigars, because after a sort of slow start, this movie picks up and never stops. I’ve heard some criticism that Subject Two moves too slow and that it’s a bit dull, but if you allow yourself to be drawn into the story, the claustrophobia and the horror will hit home…hard! So, until next time, when I’ll reveal that I’m Rogue Cinema’s Subject Two, Subject One being Duane Martin, who, sadly, didn’t survive, remember that the best movies are bad movies.