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REEL ZOMBIES
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: David J. Francis, Mike Masters

Starring:
Mike Masters
Stephannie Hawkins
David J. Francis
Stephen Papadimitriou

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
After civilization has been (almost) destroyed by a zombie apocalypse, the unlucky but enthusiastic folks who brought you the low budget Zombie Night films try to shoot a new kind of zombie movie...with real zombies! Something tells me this is not going to be pretty. And who the hell would want to watch a zombie movie after having their family and friends eaten by zombies? All of our questions will be answered!
Is it good movie?

I can think of no better praise for a Canadian low budget zombie movie than to say that when I was watching Reel Zombies, I was reminded of the show Trailer Park Boys (which is made close to where I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, and yes, there really are idiots like that living here!). Some brain dead but enterprising guys who are in it because they are either in love with what they are doing, or they are clearly too dumb to know how to do anything else. Just imagine the logistics involved with shooting a movie, period. Now imagine shooting it with real zombies, in the middle of a global zombie crisis, and trying to keep your living cast and crew safe. Now imagine if the people organizing all of this had no clue what they were doing, or the dangers involved.

This pretty much sums up Reel Zombies, and the results couldn't be funnier. Directors Masters and Francis play themselves, as do mostly everybody else who was involved in the first two Zombie Night movies, and they run the gamut of indie film stereotypes that are always a hoot to watch. We've got the dedicated yet clueless producers, the burned out stoner director with the "big vision", the whiny actors, the one girl willing to flash her tits for art, the grips and crew who are gnarly like old biker asscrack, and the brooding guy who wants to be a director or cinematographer but ends up running transportation instead. They are all played to hilarious effect, and the gags are plenty in this flick. Shoot me for saying so, but I enjoyed these behind the scenes shenanigans much more than the ones in Tropic Thunder, because they were that much more down to earth and ridiculous (and I really hate Ben Stiller, but that's another story).

Another thing I liked about this movie was that under the comedy, there was always the potential for horror and massive violence, because when the handicapped start trying to wrangle real zombies as extras, you know it's not going to end on a happy note. And in the final moments, the whole production breaks down and becomes a messy meaty lunch for the zombies. It's a glee filled treat, as the zombie extras finally go apeshit and kill almost everybody! It's a metaphor for every oppressed movie extra's wet dream! And the gore goes down smooth! It's a nice way to cap off the trilogy. I loved the first two movies, and this one is the big bloody centerpiece to top off the rotted zombie cake! These guys do awesome work, and I'll watch anything they have coming down the pipe with glee. Highly recommended for all zombie fans, this is probably one of the coolest indie flesh eater flicks I've seen all year!
Video / Audio
Video: I don't know the actual aspect ratio, since this is a screener, but it's mostly steady handheld action.

Audio: Probably Dolby 2.0, but it sounded just fine through a 5.1 system.
The Extras
Got a festival screener, and I couldn't find any features. But then again the whole movie is one giant clusterf*ck of a making of feature, so it's all good!
Last Call
Like I said, imagine if the idiots from Trailer Park Boys were shooting a zombie movie in the middle of a freaking zombie onslaught! And that's exactly the sort of shit that I love. This sort of on the fly, comedic and gory independent movie is one of the reasons I love horror movies in the first place. Francis and Masters have created a believable and funny nightmare out of playing themselves, and getting their buddies and colleagues to play along. Competent, with some visual style, great effects work, a little nudity and some dead on comedic timing (if you'll forgive the crappy pun). From where I stand, It's all good here! Come on guys, I want some more!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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