Silent Night, Zombie Night
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A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman. Written by Velvet Hammer Films
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What we're left with is then a basic small budget zombie movie with a few actors in a small apartment and a few outdoor shots. That's how you do a small budget film: not many actors, not many sets. but without all that you have to turn to a character plot since you can't have rampaging zombie scenes, so this becomes a fairly conventional soap opera with two men in love with the same woman. There are other developments, of course, but that's the thing the plot turns on. Uniquely, there are two kinds of zombies: the slow, lumbering kind who mostly seem to be in a trance, and the ones with red eyes who possess intelligence and are fast and limber and can even climb fences to get at you. The zombies are pretty decently bad looking for a low budget film. These are actually "infected" and recently so. The acting is also okay, on a par with a minor TV show or film.
I don't find it as bad as many people do, but don't go in expecting much.
Not to fault the zombies for any of this, though. They did everything expected of zombies - with one interesting twist: there were two kinds, one the passive zombies who spend most of their time walking aimlessly about; the other attack zombies who spent all of their time stalking normal humans and even planning strategies of attack. There was even a virtual first for a zombie movie: a poignant character, who took a moment from trying to survive to lament the unfairness of the zombie assault. His son had been bitten and, instead of trying to deny the boy's growing zombification, had shot him to keep him from becoming a zombie himself.
Through it all, the heroine - the bad cop's wife, who also loved the good cop, who loved her back, which affected their primary focus - remained closer than anyone else to the central theme. So much so, in fact, that at the end when given the grisly task of undoing the inevitable result of the cops' using up all their bullets to have fun with the attack zombie instead of killing him outright, she was up to the task. Score one for feminism.
UPDATE: After having watched "Devil's Playground" - a genuinely great zombie film - I can't in good conscience give "Silent Night, Zombie Night" four stars, so I changed it to three stars.
The tone of this movie was totally from a soap opera standpoint, with a few zombies tossed into the background. If it was meant to be funny, it failed, if it was meant to be horrific.............well, define horrific, it was pretty abysmal.
Not a keeper. I'm almost sorry I bothered watching it in the first place. I'm certainly sorry I wasted money on a frustrating viewing of a subpar movie.
Well, the Santa zombie was worth a chuckle.