Where to begin with â€œThe Terror Experimentâ€? I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. The movie starts with a handful of very frightened-looking people being chased down a stairwell by a bunch of zombie-types with weapons. Some stabbing and biting ensues and weâ€™re all of a sudden whisked away to the bedroom of our hero played by Jason London (of â€œDazed and Confusedâ€ fame) and weâ€™re told that the bedroom scene is â€œfour hours beforeâ€ what weâ€™veÂ just witnessed in the stairwell. Whatâ€™s majorly kooky is that weâ€™re already back to the stairwell scene about five minutes later into the movie which led me to ask, â€œwhy the hell would you bother giving me a glimpse of something that Iâ€™m going to see in five minutesâ€?
Â Â This film is rife with â€œwhy the hell?â€ moments. Like why the hell are they throwing around every zombie/outbreak movie clichÃ© ever? And why the hell do you assemble a cast with C. Thomas Howell, the almighty Judd Nelson and Lochlyn Munro and have them sit outside of the building, and the action, for the entire movie?
Â Â Iâ€™m not going to go too crazy explaining the plot of this movie because youâ€™ve seen it before. All you need to know is that some whacko terrorist unleashes a chemical into a government building that causes everyone who breathes it to turn into a zombie-ish character. Cale (Jason London) is the mild-mannered IT guy who gets to be the hero and lead the cast of usual suspects past the infected to the freedom of the outside world; but not before rescuing his daughter who is trapped somewhere in the building.
Â Â The first thing I thought while watching â€œThe Terror Experimentâ€ was, my, how very â€œ28 Days Laterâ€ of them. The â€œinfectedâ€ in this flick are â€œRageâ€-inspired types with undertones of â€œThe Craziesâ€ (due to their use of random weapons). Then I realized that this was all taking place on Christmas Eve and that the survivorsÂ were trapped in a huge skyscraper surrounded by police and FBI and I thought, my, how very â€œDie Hardâ€ of them. Sadly, the one thing I didnâ€™t think while subjecting my poor wife to this movie was, my, how original of them.
Â Â Some final thoughts on â€œThe Terror Experimentâ€: the effects were very, very good, Judd Nelson hasnâ€™t acted well in a movie since â€œThe Breakfast Clubâ€, Lochlyn Munro played Cliff in â€œDead Man on Campusâ€ (one of my favorite characters of all time) and C. Thomas Howell is still aging poorly.