THE ZOMBIE FARM
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Frederico Lapenda and Blaine McManus
What's it about
Some poor lady hates her abusive husband and she seeks out a voodoo priestess(Yeah, for real). Unfortunately when she slips it to her husband, he turns into a zombie and the rest of the movie is spent trying to get a bunch of farmhands from turning into the undead.
Is it good movie?
I don't want to be rude right out of the gate here folks but this is a strange little film that likely won't offer up what you'd expect to get from a movie like this. As I mentioned in the synopsis, this movie deals with voodoo, a documentary gone wrong and farm workers turning into zombies. You'd think that all of this would lead to a rip-roaring zombie smashfest that leaves you smiling from ear to ear.
Shockingly enough, the Zombie Farm plays itself super seriously and that's not even the whole enchilada. The voodoo people are not a small fixture in the film but a big part of the enemy side of things as they want to TAKE OVER the farm and use it for dastardly voodoo deeds. Yes, that's right, the voodoo people want to run the farm.
So it isn't a rip-roaring fun fest, and on top of that, it's not even gory. There's pacing trouble too- it takes over a third of the movie before you even see any zombies because they spend so much times setting up the stereotypical characters. I know that I usually complain that characters are underdeveloped but that isn't the case here, the problem is that the characters are typical and remain relatively predictable.
Somehow though, with all that said this movie is actually not bad. The performances are fun (priestess Nadia Rowinsky and misunderstood hero Roberto Montesinos) and pretty decent at the same time . The zombies look decent, but again there's barely any gore. I liked the look of the shamblers, but it wasn't anything to write home about.
Although this movie takes itself seriously, there are still a few laughs to be had through characters like the investigator. In fact, there's even a fair amount of social commentary to be found here too (immigration stuff and the like) if you're into that. So I know it might be odd, but give it a bit of a chance.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks alright, although a bit grainy.
Audio comes in 5.1 surround and is just fine.
The only extra is a relatively brief behind the scenes featurette that comes off like a TV style interview. It has some info worth noting, like the fact that this was originally going to be a spanish language film. It has interviews with the actors, directors and so on but is pretty standard and runs only about 15 minutes.
There are also some trailers for See you in September, a Kiss of Chaos, Across the Line and Sins of my Father.
At the end of the day this little movie was unexpected and relatively watchable. It has pacing issues and no gore, but I made it through from start to finish without sighing or wanting to shut it off, and that's a good sign.