Death Valley: Review

Death Valley: Review

Chloe (Kristen Kaster) is a bioengineer in a secret facility underground in a forgotten cold war bunker. She’s also the only survivor of the attack as a creature has mutated and made his way out of his confinements and wreaked havok, killing everybody in sight. However, there still needs to be a final girl and so Chloe has ended up being that person, but she needs backup.

Step in James Beckett (Jeremy Ninaber) and his elite team of soldiers who are sent in to finish a job that should never have gotten out of hand in the first place. The trouble is that they’ve never really faced anything like what they’re about to encounter before. So, the team find themselves being slowly picked off as the monster decides on his next prey.

Death Valley is a sci-fi horror exclusive to Shudder, written and directed by Matthew Ninaber and starring his brother. It must be nice to have such a creative and close-knit family as the Ninaber brothers seem to have because Matthew has a ready to go action hero in the form of his brother. Together, they’ve directed and starred in a few action movies on a similar budget as this as well.



It’s just a shame that so much of it comes across as one egotistical passion project after another as they assumedly try to build their own brand. In fact, Matthew Ninaber could even do better work playing monsters as he did in Pyscho Goreman playing the titular character, but here we are.

You have to feel sorry for the women in these films too because they all end up either as love interests, cannon fodder or the villain which leads Jeremy to have to finish off the she-demon herself, which unfortunately gives their films a rather unpleasant tone.

It’s also a shame that the dialogue for Death Valley isn’t all that much better than their last film and that Matthew Ninabar’s delivery has yet to improve.

Death Valley is a generic, action thrusting, testosterone fuelled monster movie which should have been forgotten long ago. It’s just a shame that pride and ego may make the Ninaber brothers want to do more.


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