Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
There’s a bad cop on the loose, handcuffing women and taking them for his own sick pleasure. And at some point, some voodoo priestess’ get involved and then come what are supposed to be zombies. Don’t be fooled.
Is it good movie?
Awful, awful, awful. What the hell is this trash? I remember seeing Ulli Lommel’s bad The Boogeyman, but it in no way prepares you for the miserably atrocious Zombie Nation. What is it about? Well, it has nothing to do with zombies, I mean… AT ALL. The few “zombies” in it talk, drive cars, and yap with voodoo chicks about revenge. No, this is about a cop who has issues with his freaky mother and tends to take it out on unsuspecting women. He pulls them over for no reason, handcuffs them and brings them to a warehouse for some sick fun. The cop’s partner attempts to do something about it but nobody listens because you can’t rat on another cop… because that would be bad. The psycho cop is played by Gunter Ziegler who is from Alabama in the movie… this guy has an accent, but it ain’t Southern. Gunter gives a terrible performance. He is stiff and completely unbelievable. Ugh!
Was there anything good about this? Not really. I did like the rookie cop played by Brandon Dean. He gives a pretty natural performance, well as natural as he possibly could with this ridiculous script. Producer, Nola Roeper also is pretty enjoyable as the only female in the police station. But that’s about it. There might have been a good idea here. After all, this type of story about the dead coming back for revenge has been done, especially back in the Eighties. But here, the direction is so amateurish, the writing is mind-numbingly bad and most of the actors are terrible, but I’m thinking most of that is not their fault. Do not be fooled by the DVD cover. This is not a zombie movie; the title comes from a lame bit of dialogue about creating a “zombie nation”. There is nothing tasty about this cannibal meal.
Video / Audio
Video: This 1.78:1 Widescreen looks fine. Although in the commentary they talk about shooting most of this in 35 MM. Really? It didn’t look like it.
Audio: the 5.1 Dolby Digital is also fine but the sound guy didn’t do to great of a job here. But I guess its fine for this awful film.
The extras include a Commentary with Director Ulli Lommel, Producer Nola Roeper and the Editor XGIN. This is a very dull watch even though these folks seem to really love their film. Hey, thankfully someone did.
Finally, we get Trailers for “The Descent”, “House of Blood”, “Dark Harvest 3: Scarecrow”, “A Dead Calling” and “The Kumite”.
This is one of those rare films that lives up to the hype, it really is awful. In Zombie Nation, there are no zombies. These are not zombies… they are dead chicks with black eye make-up who are sort of pissed off that they were killed. This Ulli Lommel “film” is a jumbled mess that makes little sense with a pathetic excuse for a script and poor direction. Gunter Ziegler gives an amateurish performance as the psycho who is not scary. And most of the other actors are not given anything to work with, although I will give props to Mr. Brandon Dean. In spite of the awful dialogue, he pulls off a decent performance. But for the most part, I warn all of you… stay out of Zombie Nation.