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Colin (2009)


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Produced on a micro-budget of just $70, director Marc Price's independent horror film Colin details the painful transformation of a typical British teen into a flesh eating corpse from his own personal perspective. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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This overlong, non-frightening debut features ugly digital images that are either over-saturated or absurdly badly lit, and its attempts at leavening humour all fall flat.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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If you take away the novelty of the low budget, what's left is a mostly failed experiment that meanders down many fruitless avenues.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

Until it turns poignant, Colin is often funny.

October 10, 2010
Vancouver Voice

Feels like a decent short film blown up to feature length.

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

I've seen crisper, better-lit images on CCTV screens.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A confused, unoriginal and unimaginative hand-held account.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Maddeningly slow and relying too much on shaky handycam footage - probably an economy measure - it's a promising debut from filmmaker Marc Price.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Vivid proof that filmmaking is more about creativity than money, this micro-budget British movie takes an inventive approach to the ubiquitous zombie genre. It's rough around the edges, but is surprisingly fresh and engaging.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Falls down technically (unsurprisingly) and narratively (bit if shame) but with a certain British charm.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This is a film that belongs to the noble heritage of beery DVD nights with a takeaway and themed movie double bill.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

There's no jeopardy, no conflict, no drama. Indeed, Price doesn't seem to be aware of the most basic principles of storytelling.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The overall cost was clearly higher than 45, but I've seen duller and cheaper-looking films that have cost Britain's lottery players an awful lot more.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

The absence of that free commodity, narrative surprise, makes it a movie whose resourcefulness you can applaud -- I wish Price well -- while secretly being glad you didn't pay to see it.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The meagre budget has taken its toll. Many scenes are too poorly lit to be enjoyable. Coupled with the convulsive camerawork, a good 25 per cent of the film is unintelligible.

October 23, 2009
Little White Lies

Colin easily transcends its origins to rightly take its place as one of the better British horror films of the past few years.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

If a Credit Crunch Oscar existed, his DIY chutzpah would take the gong.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's rough, it's bleary and the acting is dodgy, but, let's face it, the collapse of human civilisation won't look like a Zack Snyder or even a Danny Boyle movie - it'll look like the discarded home movie footage from hell.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

Not so much a movie as a protracted act of collective career suicide, like the post strike.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

You get what you pay for and what you get for 45 is next to nowt.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Colin plays things painfully straight.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Colin


Marc Price's indie zombie-horror flick "Colin" is a perfect example of what can happen when you have a good idea, good intentions, yet don't intend to spend any good money whatsoever. Made on a measly 70 dollars, or somewhere near that, the film is more-so an exercise in just how much low-budget antics one can take. I suppose in the theater, the experience would be slightly more endurable, but at home, while watching the film, I honestly found myself really, really bored; and I was insulted by my own feelings towards the film, in this way. I wanted to like it. I wanted to praise how much it does on its low budget, but the truth is, it doesn't quite do enough to warrant a positive review. I can't call it bad; there are some seriously tasteless, mindless, stupid zombie films out there, and this is not one of them. But "Colin" seems to be consistently searching for something more than a standard zombie tale, but it can't quite find "it"; whatever "it" is.

The film gets started pretty quickly. The titular character arrives at his friend's house with a wounded arm, and attempts to heal it. The house is empty, and there appears to be chaos ensuing outside, and it's not until Colin once again steps foot out there that we learn just what's going on. You see, the character has been bitten by an infected, undead individual; a zombie, and now, he too is one of them.

What's a zombie to do? Colin walks the streets of London, aimlessly looking for purpose, getting mugged, passing by countless other zombies, and eventually getting captured by some remaining survivors. We meet Colin's sister, who at one moment attempts to refresh her brother's memory through pictures, but fails to get any type of response. Colin has, unfortunately, lost all of his humanity; he is not part human, but all-zombie. Now it's all a matter of how many times he can dodge a bullet or whatever other weapon is aimed for his decaying flesh.

As a simple zombie tale, "Colin" plays out fairly decently and overall "better" than most of its kind, and perhaps I say that only because I have minor sympathies for a film made with so little cash. This makes the film's lack of depth and consistency forgivable and even acceptable, but I imagine that some - including me - will still lack the patience for director Price's documentary-like treatment. He presents the story from Colin's point-of-view, which isn't all that original at this point, but I also wouldn't call it overused, so it made for something potentially interesting. Sadly, in Price's world, zombies have absolutely horrible vision; or at least that is what the genuinely poor camerawork seems to imply. I know the director wasn't working with much of a budget, but please, there had to be some way that he could have made more beautiful images. Everything looks boring; almost to the point where it's all apocalyptic and creepy no longer.

I don't know. Maybe the film's biggest fault of all is not its budget restrictions. There's a human element that "Colin" attempts to explore with its zombie story, which puts an undead character as its central protagonist, but it never quite captures human drama the right way. The dim cinematography, the mediocre acting, and the excessive use of shaky-cam prevented me from enjoying the film in the slightest, and even when it tries to be "something more", it still fails to be conclusive. "Colin" is not a miss, just as it isn't a recommendation either. Some might be entertained by it, but I imagine most will find themselves wanting to close their eyes and doze off, perhaps to a world where a better film is playing on some other screen. To end this review, I want to make one thing clear; I am not in any way insulting "Colin". It's a competent and ambitious debut feature that simply lacks the right treatment for its material. I like zombie movies and on occasion, I like indie flicks, but here, the two just don't mix. Die-hard fans of the genre should probably check it out, and I hope Price goes on to make bigger, better films; but the fact that I had heard of a film as small as this one should have meant something, but as the film progressed, I realized that it just...didn't. But overall, can't say I mind it; but I will most certainly forget "Colin", for it doesn't offer much in the way of tasty, entertaining morsels.
October 18, 2011
Ryan M
Ryan Marshall

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I find it absolutely amazing how he filmed this all with a little camcorder, with a budget of only $70. I LOVED the story. Possible one of the greatest zombie flicks i've ever seen. In my life. Ever. Go watch it!
September 17, 2011
Jacob Palacio

Super Reviewer

Very cheap but pretty cool zombie film. This caused a bit of a stir on release as it was apparantly made for 45! Looking at that you might think how the fuck could anyway make a half decent film for that price? But it worked! Colin is made mostly from the zombies' point of view making it an interesting, if sometimes very shaky, watch. Basically its about a young mans transformation into a flesh eating zombie which is happening to the rest of the country to. Some of the make-up effects look pretty cool, theres some cool jumpy bits and it can be oddly moving at times to. It may be a bit in-your-face for some but as mega-budget movies go, Colin is a good little film and a nice addition to the extremely overcrowded but still fucking cool zombie genre.
January 15, 2012

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