Isolation (2006)




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An experiment in bovine genetic modification goes horrifically wrong in writer/director Billy O'Brien's debut feature, Isolation. John Lynch stars as Dan a cattle farmer on the remote Irish countryside, whose ex, Orla (Essie Davis of the Matrix films), a veterinarian, has convinced him to take part in a profit-driven experiment on his cows, run by John (Marcel Iures), an officious scientist who seems very concerned with maintaining secrecy. Orla is conducting a routine check on a pregnant cow, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
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Written By: Billy O'Brien
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On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Isolation

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Novice writer-director Billy O'Brien brings a seriousness of purpose and a modicum of showmanship to the task of serving generic B-movie cheese in Isolation

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
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Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Toronto Star
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Working from a rather inauspicious premise ... writer-director Billy O'Brien conjures a remarkable genre achievement: a somber, sad, and absolutely convincing film that is also genuinely terrifying.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008

Isolation is a claustrophobic, increasingly icky chiller that is just as horrifying for its underlying ideas as for the more visceral shocks that it presents on screen.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

Taking itself far too seriously and nearly devoid of suspense, Isolation gets kudos for a nice try... but I can't recommend it.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006

Fans of good old-fashioned creature features should be very pleased...

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Isolation

A bloody confluence of Alien and Old McDonald Had A Farm.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A decent Irish chiller clearly inspired by "Its Alive" and "Alien". I enjoyed the earlier stages more. Isolation here lives up to its name -- the dilapidated and perpetually dark cattle farm, the cows in gruesome distress, and messy bloody trauma scenes. Alas, for all that good atmosphere it migrates to the same old critter hunt -- even doing a version of "Aliens" air ducts scene, and then leaving us hanging with an ambiguous ending. yeesh..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A very low budget horror set in Ireland on a farm. Very much like the Thing but on a much smaller scale. Great for a low budget indie film. Slow to start but the second half of the film is quite creepy.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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