SHROOMS director Paddy Breathnach delivers this tawdry tale about a group of medical students that accidentally put the school's social misfit into a coma during a night of drunken debauchery. After he is hospitalized, the only conscientious member of the group attempts to resuscitate him using an experimental drug, which inadvertently unleashes a wave of psychic energy that allows him to exact his revenge by possessing those around him! RED MIST is an average revenge flick that blends the Aussie shocker PATRICK with the standard conventions of the American Slashers like I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. For what it is, it presents enough tension, suspense, and gore to earn a passing grade, but the film fails to bring anything new to the table. Breathnach shows a vast improvement over his previous Slasher, this time creating believable characters while building on a steady pace and a reliable visual style. With a few minor adjustments, RED MIST could have ranked higher as one of the better Indie releases of 2008, it just lacks enough originality to distinguish itself within the genre.
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If you liked RED MIST, check out:
SHROOMS, PATRICK, TERROR TRAIN.