After Dark Horrorfest 4: Zombies of Mass Destruction [DVD]
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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 ›
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 ›
ZOD bills itself as a Zompolitcs movie and it really does have a lot of good social and political commentary. It also has a lot of social and political satire. And good old American shuffling, drooling Zombies. And a wonderfully beautiful young woman protagonist. Janette Armand plays the pretty college girl returned home to a small island community in the Puget Sound area, just in time for a Zombie outbreak.
Armand stems from Iranian roots as does writer/director Kevin Hamedani. Writer Hamedani includes some very closely drawn generational inter action between the college girl, born and raised in America with American sensibilities, and her dedicated, hard working but old fashoned immigrant father. This part of the film really worked very well for me. Two other of the major characters are a gay couple come to the island to island to come out of the closet to one of the guy's mom. They try to fend of a Zombie with a weed whacker, a gag done before and not a good Zombie defense. They seek refuge from the Zombies in a church filled with bigots. The whole theme seemed over done and ham handed which might have been amplified by the bad acting on the part of the minister. The minister seemed more symbolic than real. The third theme involved the variance between the older town patriarch and the young, hip, modern woman who are contesting the mayoral seat. I liked this as well. When faced with flesh eating Zombies a person's attitudes will quickly change or one ends up as fodder.
Doug Fahl plays the returning gay businessman, Russell Hodgkinson, a long time character actor plays the dim witted, drink addled and panicked family man who tries to sort out the Zombie outbreak by attacking the young woman of Iranian extraction.Read more ›
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Funny and bloody... exactly what I was looking for. Good enough to waste away a Saturday afternoon after a long ride home.Published 2 days ago by Michael P.
Wow, Really. 3 stars because it was mindless. As a zombie movie aficionado this movie will be placed in the section called I will never be able to get the time I wasted back. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Stoner
Worth watching the movie was good had a good story line and the point it was conveying. Was fun to watch.Published 1 month ago by weekendhousefixer
A lot of unnecessary story in something that should've been a simple zombie moviePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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