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  • Actors: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson, Cornelia Moore
  • Directors: Kevin Hamedani
  • Writers: Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao
  • Producers: Ali Hamedani, Bob Parker, Cheryl Cowan, Dan Thornton, Jenny Klimenko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zombies of Mass Destruction (After Dark Horrorfest 4)" on IMDb

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Making of Zombies of Mass Destruction featurette

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A conservative island community is under attack! Port Gamble, Washington is being overrun with brain-eaters, and the people seem powerless to stave them off. A ragtag band of rebels led by Frida (Janette Armand), an Iranian college student suspected of being an Iraqi terrorist, and Tom (Doug Fahl), a gay businessman who has returned to town with his partner to come out to his mother, tries to turn the tide and push the invading hordes of undead back.

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Zombies continue to prove their applicability to all genres with the low-budget political comedy Zombies of Mass Destruction, which pits a conservative small town--and its few liberal citizens--against an army of the walking and ravenous dead. Director Kevin Hamedani's obvious template is George Romero's zombie series, which uses the flesh eaters to address all manner of social ills, but neither Hamedani's targets nor his protagonists have much meat on their bones--his heroes are defined largely by what sets them apart from the rest of the town (Iranian, gay, liberal) and his antagonists are cartoonish neocons and intolerant religious types, both of which have been done to death, and by better filmmakers. Once the living dead start popping up, the film gains some momentum, and the tone turns broad and bloody, but again, Shaun of the Dead and Peter Jackson's Dead Alive did the zombie comedy with greater verve. What's left are a few amusing moments of splatter humor (one involving a young girl and a speeding car is both shocking and hilarious) and little else. The Zombies of Mass Destruction DVD, which is part of the fourth After Dark Horrorfest series, includes a short featurette that discusses Hamedani's reasons for making the film, which are more politically charged than anything in the picture itself. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

I thought it was great and very entertaining.
Vandy
The movie got stupid at times, like, For example, when they tried pushing the Humor, It Didn't Work.
Kaelan
Thus the filmmakers attempt to tackle racism, homophobia, and left/right politics all at once.
Steve Forsyth

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Philip C. Perron on April 2, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this flick at the theater during the Horrorfest itself and right away I knew we were going the horror-comedy route so I was like, okay, not my favorite but when done well it usually can top any real horror flick easily.

We have some island community right off the coast in the Pacific Northwest, just like "any small town" in the US (or even Canada for that matter). Instantly we find out that almost everyone in the town is a caricature or an exaggeration ... think the Simpsons humor. We have a gay couple that are truly stereotypical where one is deciding to come out of the closet. We have a crunchy-feely hippie middle aged woman. We have an ethnic father from the "old country" (in this case Iran). We have his teenage daughter who is a typical teenager (pop music lover, dresses like Britney Spears, dates a boy her old man doesn't like, etc.) The next door neighbor family who seem to be clueless of what an American is. The girl's rock and roll boyfriend. The local pastor and his pulpit somewhat as a political tool. The conservative mayor running for re-election. Now take these characters and make them so exaggerated and poof, you have the Simpsons. Only the teenage girl is "normal" and pretty much is the straight-man for the flick.

The movie actually was pretty fun, the humor was great (from Archie Bunker ridiculous, to parody like the Simpsons), and the story seemed pretty cool. Basically a zombie outbreak occurs, started by an Islamic terrorist group, and then the island goes into total chaos with jokes created within the extremes of the caricatures themselves. The main jokes focus around the misunderstanding of the teenage girl's heritage and how the typical "dumb" American doesn't know the difference between a middle eastern American and a Middle Easterner.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on February 2, 2010
Format: DVD
ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION--what a spectacular title. No way an After Dark Horrorfest entry could live up to such a masterful name, is there? I had some pretty low expectations for this movie, and was somewhat surprised by the overall results.

But after thinking about this movie for a couple of days, I've come to an important realization--I'm getting kinda tired of my zombie films being infected by this outbreak of comedy. I enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, but I'm starting to crave a totally serious, well-made undead film. Something along the lines of the classics White Zombie, I Walked with a Zombie, or Night of the Living Dead. I'd even settle for a brutal gorefest with a cardboard script, as long as it didn't cram politics down my throat in a completely obvious manner. No teen romance, no trite morality tale, no transparent social criticisms, PLEASE! It's getting overdone.

Although I really enjoyed ZOMBIES OF MAS DESTRUCTION, it didn't totally avoid any of these cliches. It did bring some immaculate gore--the heinous, blood-soaked flesh-chomping madness that is vital for this type of film. The type of stuff that will make you shudder, wince, and eventually chuckle a bit to cope with the absolute mayhem. Very well done in that regards.

But there is plenty of gay humor that's worn pretty threadbare in this film. It focuses too much on the town, family, and church's response to the gay couple, and it's completely overdone.
Other stuff that came off pretty heavy handed--the media's reporting of the zombie crisis. They quickly called it the work of terrorists. This causes one idiot to become overly suspicious of his friendly Iranian neighbors. Ok, ok, I get the real life implications, just thought it was forced upon us way too much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on April 18, 2010
Format: DVD
If a political commentary is to succeed, especially if it's a comedy, it cannot simply point at a target and pump it full of lead. It must also be clear on what it's speaking out against and why, and it must go about it thoughtfully and intelligently. The great failure of "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" is that aims at everyone, regardless of political orientation. It gives the appearance of an attack against conservative American values, but at the same time, it takes potshots at progressive ideas and the people who support them, so in the end, everyone looks weak, unfocused, and just plain stupid. Are the filmmakers saying, then, that politics in general turns us into zombies, like the ones roaming the streets feeding on flesh? They may be right in that some of us are mindless and ignorant, but they're wrong in that it applies to everyone.

Part of the problem is that the zombies exist as a metaphor for far too many social issues, including racial intolerance, homophobia, ignorance of world affairs, terrorism, religious fanaticism, the electoral process, and family values. At a certain point, it becomes exhausting trying to figure out exactly what political point is being made. Another problem is that, so far as I can tell, most of the subplots would have been just fine without the presence of the zombie metaphor - it provides little apart from an excuse for relentless gore, which is so over the top that it surpasses humor and becomes monotonous. After it was over, I felt as if nothing of political or social relevance had been said, not even with the inclusion of obvious imagery and one-liners.

The setting is a small community called Port Gamble, located on an island off the coast of Washington State.
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