Movie Review: ‘Parasites’

Review by Monique Thompson

Three college students get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts that seizes them and one-by-one. horrifically kills all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture.

With “No Lives Matter” as the films tagline, Parasites is a horror film about three college football jocks that up on the wrong side of town at the wrong time. The trio fall victim to a booby-trap while driving under an overpass that causes their car to stall out in the Skid Row area of downtown LA. Shortly after, they fall prey to a ruthless homeless gang, led by a guy named Wilco. The gang viciously attack the guys, killing two and leaving one, Marshall, to fight for his survival alone. Marshall escapes but leads the gang on a cat and mouse chase through the streets, alley ways, abandoned parking lots, and train tracks.

Unfortunately, there’s just not much going on with Parasites for me. Initially, the plot put me in mind of The Hills Have Eyes, but then again, there’s absolutely no comparison between the two. One thing that is a major blow for me is the very odd filler music. It sounds like some type of time-warped, psychedelic music that you’d hear in a circus scary house or something. Paired with the music are scenes of the lead character Marshall just continuously running and running, at one point even nude. The music just doesn’t fit with the plot or even the scenes. It’s very distracting and takes away from the what should be suspenseful moments.

The ending is very abrupt (like this review), yet still predictable so for me, I’d say this one is a bit of a dud.

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