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The tag line for Todd Jason Falcon Cook’s ZOMBIEFIED (on DVD
from Celebrity Home Entertainment) promises a lot: “Zombie Film, Slasher Film…The
Infection Begins.” Immediately the mind starts to race and figure out how a movie
could combine the best elements of FRIDAY THE 13TH and DAWN OF THE DEAD. While the
movie is somewhat fun, it doesn’t quite live up to that premise.
Houston concertgoers are treated to much more than the latest
cool punk-metal band working the audience into a sweaty frenzy: They are exposed
to a CD that causes an undead breakout. Even given the low-budget special FX—and
we are talking very low-budget—it’s kind of fun to watch the audience being turned
into zombies, either by the music or by other zombies. When lead singer Alana (Rebecca
Torrellas) escapes, she is hunted by a mob of ghouls being controlled by a man in
a Richard Nixon mask.
One major problem with the script is that the part about the
serial killer is never properly explained (although there is an attempt to do so
in a deleted scene included among the special features). So even though we may not
fully understand why, it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on: Zombies are overrunning
Houston, and only two people know how to combat the epidemic.
While I‘m willing to suspend my disbelief for a lot of things,
ZOMBIFIED contains so many gaps in logic that they pulled me out of the story. One
thing the movie does have going for it is that it adheres to Joe Bob Briggs’ immortal
credo that “anyone can die at any time.” There is a very high body count, many of
which are shown in grisly close-up.
Also among the extras are a commentary track by Cook as well
as outtakes and bloopers. The commentary added a lot to my enjoyment, as I always
enjoy hearing about the artist’s process. Cook has also included several trailers
to whet our appetites and information about the soundtrack, which is actually very
ZOMBIEFIED isn’t perfect by any means, but it is fun, and director/producer/writer/just
about everything else Cook shows promise. The special FX are cheap but generally
effective, his direction fairly strong. If he could spend more time on the script,
making his story tighter, and get a few stronger actors for key roles, there’s no
telling where he could go.
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