Dead Space: Downfall was the animated horror prequel to Dead Space, taking place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction. It was developed by Film Roman and was released on October 28, 2008 for Blu-ray and DVD. It showed the events leading up to the beginning of the Dead Space game and how the Necromorph infection spread to the USG Ishimura from the mining colony on Aegis VII.
A screen crackled to life as an exhausted Alissa Vincent got in the chair in front of the recording device, explaining the fall of the Ishimura due to an infestation of parasitic alien-organisms possibly brought about by the disturbance of an "artifact" and told the recipient of the message that the Ishimura and the artifact must be destroyed. The message ended.
Going back in time, three patrolling inspectors in RIGs moved to inspect unusual seismic activity on the planet's surface. One of them noted chemical weathering on the walls and another took notes of what appeared to be a claw mark. They discovered an object referred to as the "Artifact" on the planet's surface. It was later brought aboard the Ishimura by the orders of Captain Mathius and Dr. Kyne. A week passed and a rash of violent attacks between the miners and the other crews began to rise in numbers. Hostilities began to break out as the members of the religious group, the Unitologists begged for a glimpse of the Artifact which was a key icon in their religion.
Meanwhile, on the planet, two miners, one named Colin Barrow investigated an outpost that went silent while the Ishimura brought up a chunk of the planet for mining purposes. Shortly after arriving, the men discovered that something was amiss and one went out in search of his wife while his partner eerily vanished during a quick blackout. In his wife, Jennifer's room, Colin watched in shock as she cut her throat with a Laser Pick shortly after muttering how "they want our bodies." As Colin fled the facility with the body of his dead wife, he was unaware of an alien presence flying into the closing shuttle door and attaching itself to his deceased wife.
On board the Ishimura, Alissa Vincent, the head of the security on the ship demanded that Mathius should allow an investigation of the recent outbreak of violence, but Mathius remained firm in the belief that nothing was amiss. Suddenly, the vessel piloted by the surviving miner crashed into the hangar just as he cut communications and was killed by his mutated wife. Vincent and her team are dispatched to contain the situation, but discovered no bodies on board the shuttle, though they took notes of the copious amounts of blood, then departed to find out what caused the crash.
Down in the sickbay, a man awoke to discover alien creatures mutating the various corpses in the morgue, only to be gruesomely dispatched moments later. The situation turned grim on the ship as the chaos and body count steadily rose, creating havoc as Mathius demanded order. A confrontation between Mathius and Kyne led to Mathius being accidentally killed by a needle driven into his eye by Kyne who then fled in terror. Vincent and her team arrived at the morgue where a recently mutated corpse killed a teammate before being dispatched.
Things became chaotic as Vincent and her team struggled to make their way back to safety, but are confronted by a horde of mutated crew members. When it looked like conventional weapons are useless, a man named Samuel Irons arrived on the scene with a mining tool and easily cut down the creatures. Unfortunately, a member of the team named Hanson went insane from the chaos and killed his teammate, Shen and Hanson and Vincent had a brief fight ending with Hanson being shot through the head by Ramirez. Returning to the Bridge, Vincent, Irons and her remaining teammate, Ramirez discovered that Dr. Kyne overrode the ship's gravitational controls and was planning to crash the ship into the planet below.
Along the way to confronting Kyne, Vincent and the others discovered the survivors being attacked by the Necromorphs and went to save them. Using himself as bait, Irons bought time for Vincent and Ramirez as they extracted the scared crew members before being killed and turned into a Necromorph. Unfortunately, the survivors are overwhelmed off-screen by more of the creatures and Ramirez sacrificed himself to give Vincent a head start for the control room where Kyne was hiding. Vincent confronted Kyne who claimed that he did what was necessary and stole her weapon as she tried to save the ship.
All seemed lost and Vincent found herself surrounded by numerous Necromorphs. She then discovered that the creatures could not come into close proximity with the artifact, but the hopeless Vincent did not care and broke down. Spurred on by a brief vision of Ramirez, Vincent left a video log that detailed the entire ordeal up until now and warned that the Ishimura and the artifact must be destroyed and uploaded the log to a distress beacon nearby on a downed shuttle. In a final act of heroism, Vincent charged through the Necromorphs and activated the distress beacon as the airlock opened which sucked out the beacon and the Necromorphs. Vincent tried to hold on a bit more, but got sucked away as well, though it was possible that this may have been by choice as her only options at that point are either to eventually be killed by a Necromorph or staying near the artifact and slowly starving to death.
As the film drew to a close, Vincent's lifeless body drifted into the darkness of space as the song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star played eerily.
Cast and CharactersEdit
- Nika Futterman as Alissa Vincent
- Keith Szarabajka as Terrence Kyne
- Jim Cummings as Benjamin Matthius, Farum
- Kelly Hu as Shen
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Samuel Irons, Pendleton, Miner
- Phil Morris as Hanson, Glenn
- Bruce Boxleitner as Colin Barrow
- Jim Piddock as Chic
- Grey DeLisle as Heather, Donna Fawkes
- Lia Sargent as Jennifer Barrow
- Jeff Bennett as Dobbs, Hans Leggio, Jackson
- Hal Sparks as Ramirez
- Maurice Lamarche as D. White, Bavaro
- Bob Neill as Carthusian
- Off The Walla
- Lia Sargent
- David Allen Kramer
- Kirk Baily
- Shelly O' Neill
- On the inside of the DVD cover there is a scene index and a picture of a large Necromorph called the Graverobber that has deceased human bodies fused into it including Ramirez, Samuel Irons and the woman who was killed by a Slasher in the shower room in Downfall. Although it was cut at the last minute from the film it can be watched as a deleted scene in the special features index on the feature film.
- The Infection is shown to spread much faster in the movie than in Dead Space. An Audio Log from Jacob Temple states the trouble started two days after Captain Matthius died. Whereas in the movie the infection occurs in a matter of hours. This was most likely to keep the movie moving fast, and exaggerated how fast the infection spread.
- The Necromorphs in the film still have the majority of their clothes and some of their hair, whereas in the games the majority are either naked or wearing the tattered remains of their uniforms.
- The inspecting miners note that there are E-34 drilling rig drag-lines made across the area close to the Marker, and that E-34s "haven't been used in over 150 years", hinting at some possible human intervention. This is backed up in Chapter Eleven of Dead Space by Kendra Daniels: "This divine relic? Made by man".
- The Marker as shown in the movie appears to be much larger than depicted in the games.
- The Marker as seen in the movie is a black/charcoal color with red glyphs. In the game, the marker is a rich crimson color with glowing scarlet text. Dead Space 2 contains a brief allusion to this, which suggests that the two are actually separate and distinct objects.
- There are only 6 types of Necromorphs that make an appearance in the movie: Pregnants, Slashers, Infectors, Swarmers, Lurkers, and the Corruption.
- At the end, the Ishimura is seen lit up when the Kellion arrives, however during the subsequent events seen in Dead Space all lights are seen to be out.
- Keith Szarabajka (voicing Dr. Terrence Kyne) is the only voice actor from the game that reprised his role in the movie, though the voice of Captain Matthius is remarkably similar to that in the game.
- It is speculated that one of the scared crew members that Vincent and Ramirez save is Nicole due to the fact that Vincent asks her if she has a boyfriend, alluding to Isaac. However, this may not be her as in the Dead Space Extraction (Comics), Vincent knows who Nicole is and chats with her, but doesn't acknowledge her when she sees her in the movie. There are several contradictions as far as the movie, games, and comics go, such as Vincent sending the distress signal, not Nicole, and the way the Captain dies.
- During the movie, it is shown that Necromorphs are unable to enter close proximity of the artifact, and indeed, visibly rebound off an intangible wall of force. However, during Chapters 11 and 12 of the game, there are more than a few Necromorphs hanging around the Marker.
- The movie boxart pays homage to Dead Space's boxart, though the hand on Downfall is a left hand, not a right hand, is missing its hand cover, is floating in empty space, and the index finger and thumb are gloved.
- The USG Kellion preparing to dock reveals that the movie passes before Dead Space and at the same time as Dead Space: Extraction.
- The only never before seen Necromorphs in Downfall are the 5-headed monster in Glenn's hallucination, the Necromorph that Jen turned into (human like, with eyes and teeth of a Slasher) and possibly the dead Lurker-like creature, sans tentacles, seen while Alissa was filming her message .
- The only weapon from Dead Space to appear in the movie is the Divet pistol. The Plasma saw serves as a stand-in for both the Ripper and Plasma Cutter.
- The only weapons from Dead Space Extraction are the Rock Saw and Pistol.