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Director: David Morley
Screenplay: David Morley
Cast: Hélène de Fougerolles, Francis Renaud, Dida Diafat, Marie-Sohna Conde, Nicolas Briançon
Producers: Alain Benguigui, Thomas Verhaeghe
Distributor: TVA Films
The Schneider Disease
2008 | 10 min
Spanish language, English subtitles
The first cases of the viral infection were reported last summer. It’s now the middle of winter and the entire country has been decimated by the mysterious disease that transforms its victims into ferocious cannibal predators. Sonia and Marco, always watching their backs, are crossing through a gigantic forest, doggedly seeking Noé’s military base, the only place they’re sure to find safe refuge. Following an attack by particularly vicious mutants, the couple hole up in an abandoned building—and they have a problem. Marco is contaminated. The thirst for human blood is slowly overpowering him. In less than three days, the virus will have taken complete control of his body—and his mind. The only hope is that Sonia keeps him stabilized until Noé’s agents arrive. Having once been infected herself, Sonia came through after a medical procedure and is now immune to the terrible virus. An antidote therefore exists, but time is short for Marco before he’s yet another mutant among the horde.
Last summer, Fantasia offered the opportunity to catch MORSURE, a seriously sanguinary short by a new voice in French horror cinema, David Morley. He’s back on the Fantasia screen with his first feature film, MUTANTS, an homage to the cinematic living dead loves. While it certainly recalls major works of the zombie genre, from George A. Romero’s series to 28 DAYS LATER, it has the interesting distinction of focusing primarily on the moment when man becomes monster. The exploration of the psychology of people trapped in a critical situation offers horror movie buffs to enjoy a familiar premise from a new perspective. Oh, this doesn’t mean MUTANTS isn’t soaked in suspense and violence. Exceptional special effects sequences abound! Highlighting the importance of the new French horror wave on the international festival circuit, anticipation for the film has been catching on and spreading—like an unstoppable virus!