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Bob the Alcoholic, a character molded in the vain of Ash from ARMY OF DARKNESS, has been holed up in a cave for weeks. His peaceful desert hometown has been taken over by a corporation of undead zombies, called Neo-Genentrix, who use the locals as cattle. Hermit-like to begin with, it isn't until members of his own estranged family are put in jeopardy that Bob takes matters into his own hands. Be it blasting lead or bare-knucked brawling, Bob's going to make sure that undead heads are gonna role...or go "splat."
The idea of an Undead Corporation takes George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD view of consumerism a step farther. Rather than reflecting the cattle-like nature of blind consumerism, the White's capture the soulless nature of corporate greed and the capitalistic desire to infest every home with one's wears. The ultimate goal of head zombie, Nefarious Thorne, a Bill Gates by way of Beelzebub figure, is to eventually monopolize the undead market and create a zombie dictatorship modeled after Hitler's regime. The guy even has his own swastika-like Neo-Genentrix logo emblazoned on every piece of company-owned merchandise from cars and trucks down to the gestapo-like getups worn by his gang of zombie stormtroopers.Read more ›
Garrett White's debut film, Necropolis Awakened, had a small budget. Okay, a really small budget. I'm not sure exactly what the budget was, but I'm guessing that the $7,000 on which Robert Rodriguez made El Mariachi was an A-list Hollywood budget, by comparison. Did I mention the budget was minuscule?
The box says Necropolis Awakened is "Pulp Fiction meets Day of the Dead," but I'd have to say that the copywriter was a little over-ambitious (and probably didn't have too much wide-ranging experience in movies). Necropolis Awakened is a lot more like El Mariachi meets The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. And the one thing, aside from both resembling this movie in major ways, those two films have in common is that, while most people find them unwatchable, there are a small cadre of those who think they're brilliant. I have no doubt that Necropolis Awakened, too, will find a place on the shelf of sacred low-budget films in a number of households.
The story: a team of assassins, headed up by the insane Judas (Duke White), have been hired by the head of the Genentech Corporation, Nefarious Thorne (Brandon White). Thorne has been using the town of Sky Hook, Oregon, as an experiment, creating undead from the townspeople. He's eliminated them all in one way or another except for the reclusive drunk, Bob (Duke White). That's what Judas and his sidekicks, Gog (Brandon White) and Detroit (Brandon Dubisar), are here for. Once Bob's out of the way, the undead can boil up out of the depths of Sky Hook, Oregon, and take over the world.Read more ›
One of the reviewers I read said, "Wow, look what they did on a $7500.00 budget." Maybe they should have used some of that money for acting lessons for Duke White! I still think that they made the movie with intentional bad acting!
I bought this movie solely on these reviews (which I have done many times before) and this is the first time I was steered very wrong. A word to anyone wanting to buy this movie, save your money and don't do it. It is not even worth renting! I wish I could have given it zero stars!
What follows is a chronicle of Bob's effort to defeat the evil plans of Nefarious Thorne and his undead zombies. Thorne, the leader of a company called Neo-Genentrix, has chosen Skyhook for his evil experiment and only Bob and his nephew can stop them. The two remaining Assassins, after executing their traitorous partner, are hot on his trail.
Part of the delight of watching this flick had to do with knowing it was mader for under $7,500, but beyond that, I was surprised at just how good Necropolis Awakened was.
Sure, the plot if pretty standard zombie-flick fare, but what impressed me was the ambitious effort at details. A couple of action sequences are impressively staged and shot, particularly a rollicking free for all on an old Ford Pinto. Nefarious Thorne is truly creepy, as is the scene featuring the zombiefication of the traitor Assassin. I also loved how the filmmakers managed to use a lot of the cattle range equipment at their disposal ( squeeze chutes, hay barns and so forth. ) to create atmosphere.
The result is a pretty heroic effort. Necropolis Awakened packs a lot of jury-rigged ingenuity and ambition, as well as the odd rocket launcher, into it's 93 minutes.
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I'm not sure if the acting or plot was worse in this movie. I read the reviews before my purchase thinking it couldn't be that bad....but it was. Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by C. Grotegut
I'm a sucker for low-budget straight to video titles, so upon reading some of the reviews on this site I decided to pick up Necropolis Awakened and give it a chance. Read morePublished on March 10, 2004 by Trevor Jones
...I couldn't watch any more of this ridiculous shlocker after the first ten minutes. The acting goes beyond awful.....so if it's good, I'll never know!!!Published on February 9, 2004 by Michael Butts
If one of your hobbies is to watch movies, take it from me that one will make you change it. The worst movie I have ever seen. Read morePublished on October 25, 2003
Five stars what do you guys have points on this movie. Easily some of the worst acting and cheesiest special effects I've ever seen in a zombie movie. Read morePublished on September 10, 2003 by john
I thought the action scenes were great, and the zombie attack scenes were also scary and gory, but I did not really dig it for the most part. I'll give it another watch though. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003
This is a zombie movie...but I'll be damned if it's a zombie movie like you've seen before.
Very original, very fun. Read more