Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) - After Dark Horrorfest 4

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 89 minutes - $19.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kevin Hamedani
Writer(s): Ramon Isao & Kevin Hamedani (written by)
Cast: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve always had a place in my non-existent heart for zombie films. Iím not sure exactly what the appeal is for me, it could be the fact that I wish I was one sometimes. Yeah, Iím going to go with that thought. Zombies of Mass Destruction, the sixth in the After Dark Horrorfest 4 series, tries to play off of the successful Shaun of the Dead flick yet fails on most of the levels with stereotypical characters and a somewhat lame beginning and a predictable ending.

Frida (Janette Armand) is your typical female living in a town that is infected with zombies. Wait, did I say typical? Yeah that works. The town sheís living in has become corrupted by zombies and for some reason the world thinks that this is somehow a terrorist plot to destroy the world and the local group of rednecks decide to kidnap and torture her until she gives up the truth behind the matter. That group of local rednecks consists of a family (go figure) that thinks their views are the only ones that matter: Joe (Russell Hodgkinson), Brian (Andrew Hyde), and Judy (Victoria Drake). At first they try to help Frida with her problem of trying to survive the night but after viewing television (once again, go figure) they turn against her.

Meanwhile, the other story arc going on deals with Tom (Doug Fahl) and Lance (Cooper Hopkins). Tom is coming out to his mother that heís gay and brought his boyfriend Lance to help with the topic. The two meet outside his place and discuss the fact that Tom is scared but Lance convinces him that he needs to. While eating dinner his mother strikes ill and turns into a werewolf. Ha! Just kidding. She turns into a zombie which leaves Tom and Lance with the frightening decision of surviving the night or falling victim to the zombies going on around that may be a terrorist plot or just a random occurrence that happens in every town.

See, the first issue that struck me when I started watching this film is that I donít give a crap about any of the characters trying to survive. At any point during the movie when a character croaked I simply uttered ďwho was that again?Ē and moved on. Thereís no interesting people involved with the film that caused me or will cause you to care as you are watching the flick. Thatís a huge problem in horror/survival movies. The audience needs to actually give a crap if the main character is going to live or die. Plus, I laughed several times throughout the movie at the inane deaths and shuddered at the racist family that resides within the town.

The second issue, and the main one, is the fact that the movie tries to be funny and horrifying at the same time. You canít do both, as any film major knows, you need to pick one genre and go with it. The film tries to diverge from the serious, to scary, to funny, and many other ways throughout the movie that caused me to wonder what the heck was going on. The funny parts donít work at all, the scary parts are hilariously lame, and nothing about the movie was really memorable.

Zombie movies are supposed to be entertaining and fun to watch. Instead, this flick manages to bore audiences with the lame zombies found within, the lackluster character development, and a mundane script that the cast seems like they are reading off screen.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Making of Zombies of Mass Destruction (6 minutes): The lone feature is a short one that dives into the make-up used to make the cast seem more zombie-like.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I normally expect my zombie movies to be in tip-top shape, but since this was the sixth in the series of eight that Iíve watched I set my sights insanely low. That being said, I was glad I did since the transfer is just as poor as the rest of them. Colors are outdated and bland, which is a pain to have to write so many times. There are the same problems here that are in the other transfers, which include but not limited to: brightness levels, flesh tones, and finally the massive amounts of grain. So feel free to take your pick with whatís wrong with this one and let me know in the comments section.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 trackÖ sigh you already know where this is going donít you by now? The track is fairly low-key and doesnít provide any sort of bass or oomph to your speakers in terms of dialogue or action. The gunshots did sound better than the past films, but what good that it makes in that category really brings it down in the others. Dialogue levels themselves are low and constant tweaks needed to be made. Plus, in addition to those problems, surround sound was non-existent except in maybe three scenes. Zombie movies need surround sound people, take note!



.::OVERALL::.

Zombies of Mass Destruction is a light-hearted flick that had it come out years ago, probably would have overtaken the whole Shaun of the Dead thing. Instead, the film is outdated and not as funny as it makes itself out to be. The technical package is average but the lack of any real special features makes this a destruction to view only for the night.