Actually with a name like "Zombies of Mass Destruction", the plot of this film is already given away. But then I began to think about it a little bit and I realized that there is a lot more to this movie than just a simple plot. I think the film is an excellently crafted political statement about the profiling of Muslims and the way they were treated after 9/11. Director Kevin Hamedani also has something to say about the ways gay people are treated as well. I first thought this would be a no-brainer film and that I would not remember a thing about it, but I was wrong. The film is set in Port Gamble in Washington State. It is here that zombies washed up on shore and went about infecting the entire town. There are some very funny moments in the film and the opening scene pulls you into the film. The special effects are nothing short of amazing and the gore is juicy. The movie is a genre bender in that it is a horror comedy and the comedy comes from within and you do not laugh at the film but with it. It is a low budget flick but director Hamedani gives us the apocalypse for almost no cost.
The “After Dark Horror Fest” series have always been a real mixed bag for me. I can count on one hand the number of decent to good horror movies under this label. My friend @Christy reviewed the latest zombie outing under this label, and I was very skeptical since this label hasn’t exactly delivered in the past. However, “Zombies of Mass Destruction” may come a lot short of what its title suggests (it is actually more a play on its meaning), but I have … more
If a political commentary is to succeed, especially if it's a comedy, it cannot simply point at a target and pump it full of lead. It must also be clear on what it's speaking out against and why, and it must go about it thoughtfully and intelligently. The great failure of "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" is that aims at everyone, regardless of political orientation. It gives the appearance of an attack against conservative American values, but at the same time, it takes potshots at progressive … more
I like to profess being a self proclaimed Zombie lover...but that would be weird. I do this, though, after seeing a gem of a movie like this. Zombies of Mass Destruction (ZMD) is something of a modern cult classic. I do not know what form I need to fill out in order for it to become a "cult classic" but in my book (zombie movie book) it is right up there with Shaun of the Dead. Now, with all of that said this movie is by far not even close to an "E.T" or a "Back … more
Zombies continue to prove their applicability to all genres with the low-budget political comedyZombies of Mass Destruction, which pits a conservative small town--and its few liberal citizens--against an army of the walking and ravenous dead. Director Kevin Hamedani's obvious template is George Romero's zombie series, which uses the flesh eaters to address all manner of social ills, but neither Hamedani's targets nor his protagonists have much meat on their bones--his heroes are defined largely by what sets them apart from the rest of the town (Iranian, gay, liberal) and his antagonists are cartoonish neocons and intolerant religious types, both of which have been done to death, and by better filmmakers. Once the living dead start popping up, the film gains some momentum, and the tone turns broad and bloody, but again,Shaun of the Deadand Peter Jackson'sDead Alivedid the zombie comedy with greater verve. What's left are a few amusing moments of splatter humor (one involving a young girl and a speeding car is both shocking and hilarious) and little else. TheZombies of Mass DestructionDVD, which is part of the fourth After Dark Horrorfest series, includes a short featurette that discusses Hamedani's reasons for making the film, which are more politically charged than anything in the picture itself.--Paul Gaita