From director Peter Daskaloff, and starring The Human Centipede’s Ashlynn Yennie and Louis Mandylor (Rambo : Last Blood), comes the horror/thriller film, Antidote. The film is released by Uncork’d Entertainment and is available on both digital and DVD today, May 11, 2021.
Sharon (Yennie) is a married woman with a young daughter. One night she’s awaken to severe pain. Her husband rushes her to the hospital where she needs to have emergency surgery done on her appendix.
When Sharon awakes, she finds that she’s handcuffed to her bed and the site where she was operated on is healed over. How could the surgical site already be a scar if she just had surgery?
Sharon is introduced to Dr. Hellenbach (Mandylor). He tries to keep Sharon calm, without answering any of her questions, such as where is she and where is her family?
Dr. Hellenbach introduces Sharon to other people who reside in the same wing that she does. Each one of them is very peculiar. They include a criminally insane person, a woman who seems “frozen,” and a man who claims he had his tongue cut off the night before (but he can speak).
Sharon’s questions are never answered by Dr. Hellenbach, so she has to rely on the other patients. She comes to learn that that they are all being used as “human Guinea pigs.” As test subjects, they are subject to unspeakable horrors such as being burned alive, and being stabbed. Even Sharon ends up getting her leg cut off after a failed attempt to escape. When she woke up the next morning, her leg was re-attached and already in the process of healing.
It would appear that whatever is in IV bags they are being given might have a lot to do all of this… or does it?
What exactly is going on? Where is she? Where is her family? Will she ever escape? To find out, you need to purchase or rent Antidote. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
I will admit that I got “lost” a few times while watching this movie. The storyline was going along fine for me, but when a character from her past is reintroduced into the mix, the film seemed to venture in a different direction a bit. But it’s OK.
Overall the acting was pretty good, most especially Yennie and Mandylor. Mandylor especially gave off super creepy vibes. If he was my doctor, I would certainly go to a different medical group entirely (ha ha).
Throughout the film, I kept guessing what was the real story behind the facility where she woke up in, and how she got there. My mind was blown the last few minutes of the film when where she is was revealed and why she was there.
The ending was a bit far-fetched, but it made sense with the film.
Kudos to the filmmakers for a totally unexpected ending.
Almost the entire film is shot in a dark and dreary hospital (?) wing. The people who work there are faceless for the most part (they are wearing surgical masks). It really adds to the creepiness of this film.
There is some blood and gore, but not too much. At least not for me, a diehard horror movie fan.
This is one of those films where I wouldn’t go out and purchase it for our at-home movie collection, but if I came across it on television on one of the premium channels, I would certainly watch it again. Maybe if I do, I might be able to pick up more clues as to where she is.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.