Have you always wanted to see Lt. Uhura (after she was Lt. Uhura) and Geordi La Forge (before he was Geordi La Forge) get molested by undead confederate soldiers?
Well then The Supernaturals is the movie for you!
The Supernaturals is a curious (and cheap) video nasty from the 1980s directed by Armand Mastroianni.
It has gained a slight cult-following over the years, mostly due to the Star Trek links….and maybe also due to the fact that it was never re-released since it first appeared on VHS, giving it a sense of scarcity, and a sense of achievement in tracking it down and saying that you have watched it.
The Supernaturals focuses on an army company who go on a training exercise in the woods for no apparent reason.
Nichelle Nichols plays the company’s demanding sergeant and leads this troop of nobodies – one of who is Levar Burton – through a series of training exercises that wouldn’t even test a group of school-children. In fact, the most training exercise-like thing done is that she makes one guy walk with a log in his pack.
So that is the plot set-up taken care of; everyone enters the woods. And you know how these things pan out – things start to get creepy, at least we are supposed to read them as creepy, right away, though it takes a full 45 minutes before a zombie even appears.
See, this literal neck of the woods is the site of a massive execution of confederate soldiers who come back to life by what is initially explained as magic by is eventually explained as, wait for it, the power of love. Not even joking with that one. But we don’t meet our zombie sons of the south until 45 minutes into the movie, and it’s just one of them, and he’s practically the only actual zombie we see the entire time. The rest of the movie finds the zombies being suggested as something dark and sinister that exists just off screen, which isn’t how zombies work.
This movie has absolutely no budget and its ghastly apparent. With the exception of the forest, there is only one other setting in the whole picture and it’s a tiny wooden house. The lack of an extra budget is probably what kept the zombie’s off screen. And the movie isn’t in any way lit with anything other than natural light and not in a good way.
Also, the movie features a really troubling attempted rape scene. Like, explicitly attempted rape that is staged as playful flirtation. And the man who attempted said rape is the first victim of the zombie, and his death is staged as something we are supposed to be sad about. Just disgusting stuff.
Only watch The Supernaturals if you are a mad nerd who feels the need to see the complete works of all the principle actors in the first two Star Trek series. Otherwise, simply pass this one by and pick something that will be genuinely entertaining.
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