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Movie review: Zombie Night

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Movie review: Zombie Night


Without explanation the dead begin rising in a small California town and set out in search of flesh. As the undead hunt for a flesh feast, two families band together in hopes of surviving until sunrise.

Anthony Hall (Patrick), Daryl Hannah (Birdy), Alan Ruck (Joseph), Rachel Fox (Tracie), Shirley Jones (Nana), Jennifer Taylor (Karin), Daniel Owens (Perry), Gibson Sjobeck (Nathan), Zoe Canner (Irina), Tia Robinson (Janice).

Zombie Night comes to life immediately as the dead begin to rise without explanation. As the dead carnivores multiply and begin hunting for the living a family realizes their only hope may be their neighbor's safe room. Escaping the zombies invading their home only to find they are turned away by the neighbors, the family searches for a safe place to hide.

Though there were a few decent names in this one they just weren't enough. Hall tried to step up in this one but felt over his head, while Hannah overacted much of the time. Ruck paired with Taylor did somewhat better but still couldn't make it work. The remainder of the supporting cast was mediocre most of the time.

Camera work was lacking with many shots out of focus or failing to present an entire scene. Sets and backgrounds were interesting if nothing else. Dialogue was okay and helped the storyline a bit but in the end it just took up space until the next zombie attack. Sound and soundtrack were decent enough.

Overall Zombie Night was at best a mid-level entry in the zombie genre with lethargic acting and repetitive bad decision by the characters, making the storyline even harder to swallow. Devout zombie fans may enjoy this one a bit while those hoping for higher quality will be disappointed.

With plenty of zombies, violence, and gore this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 2.19.14
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror Movies, Zombies

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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