Taking two prominent strands of low budget British cinema – gangsters and vampires – and combining them seems like a logical enough step. After all, many would argue that crime is a kind of vampirism, that criminals and vampires share an innately parasitic nature…
Marco Ristori and Luca Boni appear to consider themselves modern day successors to Lucio Fulci, the Italian maestro behind zombie classics such as The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and The House By the Cemetary.
Roy (Gordon Mitchell) fakes his own death in order to bamboozle his old partners by burying their stolen booty in his coffin. He enlists Glenn (George Hilton) to help him. The Colonel (John Ireland) and Portugese (Piero Vida) are not so easily fooled.
2011 was a decent year for Italian science fiction, what with the release of the superior The Arrival of Wang and Gian Alfonso Pacinotti’s distinctly odd but rather engrossing The Last Man on Earth (L’ultimo terrestre).
If there’s one thing that the makers of The Scopia Effect can’t be accused of it’s a lack of ambition. Whereas most low budget science fiction films try to make the most of their limited resources by reducing their scope – relying on a small number of characters and settings – this does something rather different