Zombies of Mass Destruction (After Dark Horrorfest 4)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This is a good zombie comedy, made absolutely enchanting if you appreciate the very pointed satire. The acting is generally very good - particularly the Mayor, the Preacher and the terrorist seeking Redneck.Read more ›
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Satirical zombie movie with several laugh out loud moments. If you like the genre, then you can appreciate the campy nature of this film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shakira G
Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)
ZOD bills itself as a Zompolitcs movie and it really does have a lot of good social and political commentary. Read more
Great movie and really funny. It is a must for your DVD Collection!Published 13 months ago by Jeffreyeffrey
This movie not only was a horrible zombie film, it was just a horrible film all together.
The worst part of the movie is that there is just a whole bunch of right wing... Read more
Very funny satire of zombie movies with interesting characters and even a social conscience, placing it firmly in the Romero tradition. One of my favorite zombie comedies!Published 19 months ago by Yorick86
My friend loves this movie. So I bough a copy for her. The only problem, when we tried to watch it, it did not work. Read morePublished 21 months ago by blackclover
Love this movie! Hamedani does a fantastic job of weaving very real issues and topics into an entertaining B-movie style horror flick. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Teris Ivan Winkler
Most horror movies I detest. However, there was something about this crazy movie that my son (32 yrs old) and I loved, and we laughed and laughed while watching it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michi
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