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 to admit the movie has its fun moments. If you are simply looking for a good time watching zombies have a lunch buffet and some quirky humor then the movie delivers; just don’t expect something inventive from the brain of George Romero.
Port Gamble, Washington is a conservative town and its population is just happy to mind its own business…living and let live. Frida (Janette Armand) is an American-born Iranian woman who is trying to make her dad understand that she is NOT a traditional Iranian woman, a town native, Tom (Doug Fahl) who has become a success in Wallstreet returns to “come out” to his mother, candidates for a mayoral election (Cornelia Moore and James Meshaw) go about their campaign and Reverend Haggis (Bill Johns) is having a church ’bingo’. It is business as usual in port Gamble; that is until a viral attack turns most of its residents into flesh-eating zombies and the remaining human population is helpless to fight off the attack. The remaining people must set aside their differences and try to survive….but can personal grudges survive a zombie attack?
“Zombies of Mass Destruction” is a horror-comedy that makes fun of itself. If the movie is trying to make a statement, if anything, then the film can be seen as very pro-liberal as the movie’s script seems to revolve around a premise that seems to portray “conservatives” as highly lacking in common sense. The characters are made to appear quite stupid, the acting very wooden (it was a little hard to see which were the zombies at times), the characterization nearly none-existent, it has some real bad dialogue and makes a subtle commentary that some Americans look at terrorism as a way to blame when anything bad occurs. So I guess the movie is trying to make a commentary (ha!), but it makes fun of itself in ways that intentionally fall on the ‘campy‘ side. There are a lot of gay jokes ("Don't shoot, I'm gay!"), some black humor about religious zealots and even the news. The film does touch on some things that we can relate to, just not in an intellectual way but rather in an intentionally funny way. I thought it was just oddly humorous to see what the zealots in the film defines as homo-erotic and it was real fun to see an obsessive reverend try to exorcise a zombie; heck, I liked the way the town hick interrogate a suspected terrorist. However, I did find some jokes about a certain ethnic background a little tasteless after the movie just kept on going around with it.
The zombies in the film are your usual slow-moving undead that shambles more than actually walk. They have that purple-like make up and yellow eyes that are mostly seen in zombie movies nowadays. Alright, the zombie ‘dinner buffet’ are quite fun to watch and makes use of the usual old-fashioned red ink and prosthetics. It was kinda nice to see them tear the skin off someone’s face, chew on someone’s guts and munch on some fingers. Also, as with other zombie movies, they can be killed by destroying the brain and yes, the movie does feature quite a few brains being splattered. The kill scenes offer nothing new but they are still fun to see. The movie is a formula movie, its main draw would be the zombies and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. If you want a movie with loads with glorious blood and gore, then this movie would not disappoint.
Truth be told, I am yearning for a real intelligent zombie horror movie to invigorate a horror genre that needs something a lot more fresher and inventive. The zomedies “Shaun of the Dead” and the recent “Zombieland” did well as zomedies but I guess I am just screaming for more real intense zombie thrills than just a simple ‘zombie buffet’ (I cannot believe I call zombie buffets “simple”). “Zombies of Mass Destruction” isn’t in the same class as “Zombieland” when it comes to comedy (this film doesn't have cool Woody Harrelson) and comes a lot short of “Dead Snow‘s ” fun factor; but it is still pretty fun. If you want a lot of blood, gore and comedic horror, then this film is an acceptable entry in the books of zombie-comedies. Hey, it is pretty fun to see zombies heads being blown or hacked away.
Recommended to True Zombie fans but a RENTAL to everybody else. [3+ Stars]
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 of Mass Destruction" Comedy and Gore Amos Lassen 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 … 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