Cadaver (2020) is one of those movies that kept me entertained throughout, wondering what would happen next. It begins with a strange scene of children going through heaps of clothing in a hotel, and then it took me outside to an apparent post-apocalyptic/dystopian world with dead littering the streets.
When a carnie appearing man invites a group of people to the dinner theatre hotel, the fun begins. I questioned what they served as “meat” since these people can’t get food. There’s a good reason for my suspicion, which is unveiled later in the film.
The bizarreness of the guests wearing masks so they can be discerned from “actors” as they follow these people through the hotel to see visual delights is a nice touch. Our protagonists are the family, Leonora and Jacob and their daughter, Alice, who disappears and her parents begin to search for her. Mathias is the hotel’s leader, and oddly, most of his staff don’t know what he’s up to.
The musical score is fantastic, some of the best, adding an excellent creepiness layer to this already dark world. The gore effects are good as well, but the set is what takes the cake for me; it’s gorgeous. Without giving too much away, I’ll stop there.
Cadaver is a fantastic mix of Soylent Green, The Shining, and Something Wicked This Way Comes in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world, and that’s why I give it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.