A mysterious suitcase explodes resulting in an horrific plane crash (and another explosion ‘cuz why the F not), and the deaths of every passenger and crew member aboard, save for the pilot, Keller; who stumbles from the wreck completely intact. Witnessing this tragedy is a school teacher and psychic (what a resume) named Hobbs who begins having visions of the poor bastards what burned alive…which would be enough of a turd of a time, but she also seems to be kinda possessed by them as well (amazingly she doesn’t begin trying to shove four hundred pounds of luggage into a bread box sized compartment or continuously asking for more peanuts or an extra pillow).
After near constant ball busting by investigators and the press, our haggard hero meets our comely clairvoyant and the chase is on to figure out what in the ever-loving F is going on with those mother F’n ghosts from that mother F’n plane…including whatever is murdering people willy-nilly around the scene of the crash.
Dripping with atmosphere and a real sense of dread; The Survivor is a supernatural shocker the likes of which simply doesn’t exist in this day and age; i.e. a fright flick full of real, three dimensional characters experiencing things beyond the ken of normal men and women with an emphasis on mood and tension rather than jump scares and spookshow theatrics (with a massive budget to boot) that plays out at a slow burn (though never becoming boring). The Survivor also excels at deftly combining multiple genres including: the disaster picture, preternatural ghost story, and slasher flick. It’s a weird combo for sure, but it all gels into a compelling story that keeps the viewer engaged until the mystery is finally solved in an excellent final twist.
If this Blu-ray release from those rascals at Severin contained only the film itself (presented here in a jaw droppingly gorgeous 2K HD transfer); I’d give it the highest of recommendations; but this release contains a first class selection of extras as well! Starting things off we get an extended scene, as well as extended interview segments (originally from the documentary Not Quite Hollywood) with Producer Antony I. Ginnane and Cinematographer John Seale. Following that are a duo of short pieces on the legacy of author James Herbert (who’s novel the film is based upon). There is also an archival TV special about the making of the film, as well as archival interviews with Director David Hennings and Actor Robert Powell. Rounding out the package are an extensive collection of trailers for the films produced by Ginnane, and a TV spot.
Creepy, atmospheric, and mysterious, The Survivor is one hell of a fright flick, and the presentation put together by Severin is truly excellent. I highly recommend adding this one to your collections my creeps!