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!
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!
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!