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After Dark Horrorfest 4: Zombies of Mass Destruction [DVD]

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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

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Making of Zombies of Mass Destruction featurette

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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:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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A breath of fresh air - you name it. This is not only a zombie comedy - it's a glorious parody of our years of madness (which are, of course, still going strong). And, yes, it absolutely has a decidedly "liberal" slant - so what? Satires always present a very definite point of view: how could you satirize something if you had no point of view against which to compare whatever it is you're satirizing? And in this case, that point of view is reason, balance and sanity - which constitute the traditional point of view which gives satire its sting. The residents of Port Gamble are already zombie-like in their ritualistic adherence to what they take to be the norms of society. They go through their lives reacting blindly to outside stimuli without ever thinking about anything beyond the immediate environment. So when they begin one by one turning into actual zombies, it's quite a while before anyone in town notices their transformation. Once their transformation is all but complete, the comedic parody takes a terrifyingly gruesome turn. The three main characters - Frida, daughter of an Iranian immigrant, and Tom and Lance, gay lovers who come to town so Tom can "come out" to his mother - find themselves having to fend off, not just an army of zombies, but the few remaining townspeople unaffected by whatever caused the mass transformation. There is gore and mayhem enough to satisfy die-hard zombie fans, aided by one after another narrow escape from the clutches of death. And, through it all, the satire just keeps rolling along.

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.
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I've watched this movie a couple of times and it gets better with each viewing. It's clear the writers were aiming for social commentary combined with horror elements and they accomplished it nicely. There are some real characters in this movie and the actors do a great job making them real. I certainly wouldn't compare this to the great zombie movies of the past couple of decades, but it's fun on its own.
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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. 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.
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