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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 02.07.08] zombies movie review horror

Year: 2007
Director: B. Luciano Barsuglia
Writer: B. Luciano Barsuglia
Trailer: link
IMDB: link
Review by: agentorange
Rating: 4 out of 10

B. Luciano Barsuglia’s Zombie Farm is the latest in a slew of low budget hopefuls looking to tap into the recent resurgence in popularity of the zomedy or “splatstick” zombie sub genre. But, considering I saw better acting and production value in my five year old cousin’s elementary school production of Oliver Twist this year, I find it very hard to recommend the film to anyone but the most ardent diehard zombie loyalist. Seriously, this film is such a mess of long winded goof ball encounters and wannabe gore gags that it interferes with what could have been a great film, and I, for one, predict that movies like Zombie farm will very quickly bring rise to the end of everyone’s love of the new horror- comedy hybrid.

Of course, being that B. Luciano Barsuglia’s last film was Dementia: An Experiment in Terror, a film that not only garnered great reviews but at least tried to make the best of its low budget constraints, only makes my disappointment that much greater.

See, Zombie Farm comes across like a first effort; a dropout of the Troma School of “hey guys let’s make a movie” enthusiasm that mostly features non-actors making bad meta cinema jokes even worse with poorly timed deliveries.

The set up is good enough. It begins with some terrorists (one of which I swear to god is wearing a ripped sweatshirt on his head) lacing the wells of a town called Muerto Verde with some sort of zombificating toxin. Barsuglia then matches them up with some murderous hillbillies, a couple of big city cops, and a group of boozin' oversexed teens and voila, it's 24 meets Dawn of the Texas Chainsaw Massacres!

Of course, for you more serious gore hounds out there, Zombie Farm might be able to make up for its lack of originality and find a way into your trash seeking hearts due to the fact that it offers up quite a healthy portion of designer violence. In fact, besides the usual buckets of pigs blood and cow intestines, Zombie Farm boasts over 130 digital shots of gory goodness. But I warn you; watch Zombie Farm and you'll reap the sour oats that you sow. And I'm not talking about the good kind of rotten crops either, you know, the ones that yield hallucinogenic goodness. Just the ones that stink.

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