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quietearth [Celluloid 05.26.09] zombies movie review horror

Year: 2009
Directors: Henry Weintraub
Writers: Henry Weintraub
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Trailer: link
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Review by: quietearth
Rating: 5 out of 10

To give you some idea what type of film this is, Troma head Lloyd Kaufman has a bit piece, but it's not sub-Z like all that other crap, it's polished and enjoyable but not without numerous flaws. The story revolves around a nerd, Melvin, killed by a bunch of punks who comes back from the dead for his revenge. The trailer was what sold me, but as the film was done in a linear style, interspersed with slowly revealing flashback sequences that were at times utterly confusing, the potential was shot to hell.

Melvin turns out not to be the main character but he's behind the revenge commited. It starts with him as a zombie and some great gore (which you would expect in this type of film) but as it went along and the body count piled up, the gore was substituted for spraying blood and crushed heads.. it was really disappointing. There was no torture or creative death sequences, just immediacy.

The acting was terribly exaggerated and nothing short of lovely. Goofball punks acting like retards with half-witted dialog, Melvin the nerd with his greasy hair and utter lack of self-confidence, and cheerleaders with tattoos. Everyone was pushing the nerds around in this film, everyone was a prick. It was like the worst of High School on crystal meth put on film.

But now I have to discuss how I would fix it. First off, straight linear story with no flashbacks. Show what happened to Melvin in the beginning and move on from there. Torture all the victims, heavy on the gore, and for God's sake, fix the ADR! It was terrible! This had such potential but it just didn't work.

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