Chosen Survivors

October 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm (6 Heads, Chosen Survivors) (, , , , , )

Chosen Survivors – 1974 – United States/Mexico

During a global nuclear holocaust, ten people are imprisoned by the U.S. government in a high-tech underground bunker. The ten were computer-selected for their intellectual, physical, and leadership qualifications. When the fallout clears in five years, they will be released from the isolated bunker to rebuild civilization. Unfortunately, on the first day of their confinement, the complex is infiltrated by a colony of intelligent, aggressive vampire bats.

Despite its killer bats, Chosen Survivors is about man’s inhumanity to man. This point is driven home by a surprising twist that reveals how little the government values individual freedom and life. The bunker’s captives include a businessman, a politician, an athlete, a novelist, a technician, and various scientists. As they adjust to their environment and fend off the bats, they must overcome insidious feelings of depression and paranoia. There is quarreling, suicide, rape, and other antisocial behavior.

Chosen Survivors’ premise is interesting. It explores the concept of “survival of the fittest” in a bleak way. By the end, everyone is dead or traumatized. However, Chosen Survivors suffers from contemplative pacing that often seems self-indulgent. Also, the torrent of live bats is creepy, but the film’s effects are pretty cheap. Shoddy chroma keyed scenes of people flailing amid the bats are ridiculous.

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. In another reality not far from ours, Chosen Survivors might have really happened.

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