(Katie Maloney, Eric Swader, Dawnelle Jewell, Vincent Bombara, Umar Faraz, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A dinner party turns deadly when a group of friends is trapped inside of their house after a massive alien invasion threatens to take over the world.
Things take a turn for the worse when they discover that the chemical the military is using to destroy the aliens is also turning humans into zombie-like savages.
Now the group must band together and try to survive the night ... if they don't kill each other first!
DVD Verdict: From the off, 'Night Zero' might well be a slow going plot builder, but it does get going, and how, trust me.
However, as always, at first we have to be introduced to the characters of our horror play. So, that said, get to meet and greet three couples who have come together on this most varied of nights to celebrate the relocating of Sophie (Dawnelle Jewell) and Eric (Vincent Bombara).
They are moving from a small town in Pennsylvania to a somewhat larger town in Boston. Joining them are interracial couple Monica (Monisha B. Schwartz) and Danny (Umar Faraz), and the two main protagonists - who are on each others backs from the very start - Nina (Katie Maloney) and CJ (Eric Swader).
So, yeah, the first 20 minutes or so is just all about them, as they talk, argue, and celebrate. But, once this film gets going, well, there's a lot to love about, it, believe me. Sure, whether you've now grown to like them or not, the main characters actually do feel like real people; hey, to me, at the very least.
As the tension grows, and things start occurring - now worries, I won't be giving anything away here - they make good and bad choices, and even begin to turn on each other. But it's not just the loving couple that experience the changes in themselves for all their friends do also, of course.
Writer/Director Mark Cantu also brings into the mix two characters later on: a cop (Mike Dargatis) and a scientist (Tom Mirth), who both help with exposition and also to be the voice of reason for whatever is happening beyond the door – which is locked, but never barred, even with all the glass!
In conclusion, and despite the obvious C-Movie budget (let alone a few of the actors with limited credits), 'Night Zero' (think Patient Zero and other such mantra's here) features a cast that is rather strong, as a whole, and who really work well together. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.