Zombie Apocalypse (Special Edition with Comic Book)
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In the tradition of The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Night of the Living Dead. When college roommates Mark and Tom go out for a night at the bar, the last thing they expected to find was a machete wielding stranger and a horde of the undead. With the help of amateur photographer and video store clerk Raven, the unlikely party fights their way into an epic conflict between the living...and the dead. Zombie Apocalypse is a feature-length over-the-top action/adventure/horror movie. Its roots are in the style of the blockbusters of the 1980 s, John Carpenter films, and the energy of video games. Zombie Apocalypse has scenes of exciting action and intense drama, but it never takes itself too seriously for too long in the style of Zombieland. It focuses on four main characters and their adventures after a zombie outbreak spreads throughout the country. Miller: the mysterious stranger searching the country for his long-lost wife, who herself has ties to the creation of the zombies; Mark, a bullheaded college student with a chip on his shoulder and an axe in his hand; Tom, Mark s video game playing medical student roommate; and Raven, a rebellious video store clerk and amateur photographer who goes from depressed to overjoyed once the zombies hit. Throughout the movie they meet a host of other characters including a mob of survivors who call themselves The Marauders, shadowy agents, an Illuminati-style organization, and nemesis from the past.
I really liked Zombie Apocalypse. I thought it had the likeability, energy and promise of classics like Phantasm and Evil Dead. It looks really good and the story and acting are very strong. All that splattering blood works well too. I will be recommending it. --Tom Sullivan (legendary SFX artist for the Evil Dead movies)
Without getting in depth or poetic, I loved it. A must see for zombie movie fans. --Aaron Reddinger, Zombie Movie Data Base
Zombie Apocalypse was nominated for a Dead Letter Award for Best Movie of 2008! --MailOrderZombie.com
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ACTING: As with the usual low / no budget indies, the expectations for oscar worthy performances are pretty low. The cast of Zombie Apocalypse was a nice surprise. While there are a few actors that may want to consider other career choices (or at least, some acting lessons) pretty much everyone held their own and it was clear that they had fun doing it.
PRODUCTION: Another pleasant surprise. This is one of those films that realizes it doesn't have millions of dollars at its disposal and embraces it. The script is pretty good considering it originally was separate episodes meshed together into a full length feature (I did notice a few things continuity-wise and plot-wise that vanished thanks to the meshing). The sound production and background music is great, the make up, blood & gore is pretty good and the special effects aren't bad.
ZOMBIES: The good, the bad and the ugly! The make up for the zombies was really good. The zombies were the usual eclectic bunch. Walkers, runners, shamblers, they're all here. One thing that caught my attention was at first the zombies need to have their brains destroyed to be stopped, then later, it seems anything goes as a way to destroy the zombies.
THE CAUSE: Not really clear about this. Some sort of infection.
FINAL: Overall, what can I say? This was a fun, action packed zombie adventure. It would be nice to see what the director and his production team could do with some serious cash. I hope that a distributor picks this up as it deserves to be seen and enjoyed by all of us zombie aficionados and those just looking for for an action filled adventure.
RATING: 4 out of 5
"Zombie Apocalypse" was in some ways a zombie comedy as well as a traditional fight and flight flick. But the comedy wasn't in your face funny; it was more subtle. The action hero, who looked and sounded Hispanic, was named Dwight Miller - about as far from an action hero's name as from an Hispanic name. The chick, named Raven, who eventually came to be the movie's heroine, started out as an airhead whose greatest concern was capturing the zombies on film - not the standard video film but regular point-and-shoot camera pictures, which she planned to work into a montage once this zombie attack was over. Of course, she didn't realize then that zombie attacks are never over. The two college guys, named Tom and Mark, were a kind of Felix and Oscar Odd Couple, the rational one always asking how doing such-and-such a stupid thing would help the situation. Eventually, Dwight, Raven and the two college guys worked their way to a haven of survivors - led, not by a tough military man named Bull or Rope or Sarge but by a kid named Kevin - the very college freshman, in fact, who stole Mark's girlfriend.
The climax of the movie was the inevitable fight to the death between Miller and his nemesis, named only Net. The fight sequence was well staged, if a bit over-drawn, with Net first running Miller through with his own machete then pulling out one of his eyes. But, not to worry, his wounds weren't fatal; but his fighting days, alas, were about over.
Another thing just right about the movie was the music; and, as mentioned, the atmosphere - dark, creepy and, of course, heavily wooded - was perfect for a zombie movie. And, as with any good zombie movie, the ending was ambiguous. I'm sorry reviewers, but this was a really good movie.
There is also Raven, "don't call me Jennifer" who is a punk-goth looking photographer. She joins the group. As fate would have it these 4 end up together. We find out the man in cuffs is some kind of government agent who was supposed to have been killed by the zombie attack. Mark has issues with his former roommate Kevin, who is sleeping with his gf, or ex-gf. Kevin looks like a young Val Kilmer.
The movie has some real bad acting, like the bouncer at the bar who has "SECURITY" on his t-shirt. Fortunately the worse actors get eaten early. There seems to be a serious lack of guns for rural Michigan. There is one scene with some comical Dr. Evil diabolical laughter. The zombies are of the slow moving variety with a lousy make-up job.
The DVD comes with a PREQUEL comic book. It would help if you read the comic book first. 3 1/2 stars.
F-bomb, no sex, no nudity (unless you count the comic book which has topless drawings).