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Attack of the Vegan Zombies!

Christine Egan , H. Lynn Smith , Jim Townsend  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Christine Egan, H. Lynn Smith, Wyatt Gunter, Kerry Kearns, John D. Kelly
  • Directors: Jim Townsend
  • Writers: Jim Townsend
  • Producers: Jim Townsend
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038YX2DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Attack of the Vegan Zombies!" on IMDb

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SYNOPSIS

Dionne Talbott and her husband, Joe Bryant, own and operate a family vineyard. After yet another failed crop, Joe wants to give up on their dream and sell the vineyard. Dionne solicits the help of her mother Audra, a practicing witch, who casts a spell on the farm. The following year they have such a bountiful harvest that they hire an old friend, Professor Frank, to help them pick the grapes. Professor Frank arrives with four college students to join him over the weekend. While working, they begin to notice phenomenal growth rates for the vines. Professor Frank ventures into the woods to investigate the water supply after their neighbor disappears. Dionne becomes suspicious and confronts her mother about the exact nature of the spell. Audra finally admits to her and Joe the potential threat it brings: the vegetation may attack people and turn them into zombies! They immediately summon the four students inside the house for their own safety. After Joe finds Professor Frank's bag in the woods, they reach the conclusion that he may be a zombie. Their fears are compounded when their missing neighbor emerges as a zombie and attacks Joe and Dionne. They retreat to the house only to realize that it has become a prison. Unable to flee or call for help, they must stand and fight the vegan zombies the only way they can: by concocting a counter spell and face the zombies in their own fields.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Vegan Zombies May 1, 2010
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A more suitable title would have been ATTACK OF THE ALCOHOLIC ZOMBIES, since the film takes a much more critical look at the effects of alcoholism than it does on meat-eating. After years of failed crops, a desperate wife turns to witchcraft to revive the grape harvest for her struggling husband. The vines return, but the juice from their fruit transforms all who drink it in to winethirsty zombies who attack anyone that has had a drink! VEGAN ZOMBIES' goofy B-movie plot compliments the title, but is derailed by the seriousness of the acting and filming. It has trouble deciding if it is a silly spoof or a socially conscious metaphor, especially when it shares just as many thematic links with NIGHT OF THE LIVING as it does with TROLL 2. Townsend makes the most of his inexperienced actors, colorful settings, and ambitious camera work, which borrows generously from genre classics like THE EVIL DEAD. A lighter tone and increased vegan zombie action would have benefited this small film, but for the budget, it makes a valid effort at creating something unique and significant that Indie Horror fans are sure to enjoy.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the genre but with a great sense of humor March 21, 2010
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The writer/director was serious about his craft with beautiful scenes from Virginia's wine country and careful selection of actors. But he also brings a sense of humor to the genre with over-the-top characters and some outrageous lines that had me laughing so hard we had to rewind what I'd missed. It has the feel of the old-time horror movies combined with a campy humor. Have a glass of wine and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Attack of the Vegan Zombies seemingly ignores the very nature of the zombie as a flesh-feaster, yet somehow pulls off a fine Indie horror film.

Synopsis:
Joe (Jim Townsend) is a struggling vineyard owner who can't catch a break. Bad weather, dry soil and other hindrances, both explainable and unexplainable, prevent him from having a good grape harvest and realizing his dream of a good life in the country. His loving and supportive wife Dionne (Christine Egan) does her best to be supportive and encourage her husband, but it's no use... Joe is ready to give it all up and takes solace in liquor, though he gave it up years ago.

Dionne, not one to whither away like a raisin on the vine, decides to take matters into her own hand and consults her mother (H. Lynn Smith), a witch from way back. Dionne too, complains mother, also has "the gift" and foolishly decided to turn her back on the old ways and go for the life of a vineyard owner's wife - but that doesn't stop her from helping her daughter cast a powerful spell to encourage the grapes to flourish and save the vineyard. Just a bit of blood from the now passed-out Joe and the spell is complete.

The next year the vines are lush, packed with grapes bursting with juice, and it appears that a happy ending is in store... but the vines seem to have a mind of their own and will stop at nothing to quench their unearthly thirst.

Thoughts:
Everything about Attack of the Vegan Zombies is all wrong, right from the start. Just the concept of a vegan zombie is just stupid, and zombie aficionados wouldn't be criticized for turning their back from the beginning... but wait.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last a movie for winos, vegans, and zombies... February 22, 2010
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I consider myself an avid cinefile, however, there are crater sized holes in my viewing history. The films of Pedro Almodóvar and Zombie films are two of my greatest deficiencies. I spent 2009 working towards a respectable knowledge of Zombie films, but many of them seemed too slick - fast zombies with high production value, comedies wrenched from gore splattered premises, post-apocalyptic scenarios too farfetched for me to suspend my disbelief. The Zombie films I enjoyed all seemed to hearken back to Romero's original whose craftsmanship indicated that perhaps actual Zombies were part of the filmmaking process. The lower budget Zombie films seemed more adept at my belief in Zombie lore and more creative. "Attack of the Vegan Zombies" has that wonderful grass roots quality to it. Ominous and unsettling, at times this film feels like a 1970s hard-to-categorize film. The distinct vineyard setting, the undercurrent of the ravishes of alcoholism, and the stoic quality of the lead actor all lead one to wonder, "What is this film about?" For those who eschew airplane movies and Hollywood cranked-out crap, "Attack of the Vegan Zombies" is a stagger in the right direction. The directorial debut of Jim Townsend may have some imperfections but the true zombie of the film world is the dearth of original thought - I found "Attack of the Vegan Zombies" all together human and certainly worth watching.
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