Released on Aug. 6, 2013, "Zombie Massacre" stars:
- Christian Boeving as Jack
- Mike Mitchell as Mad Dog
- Tara Cardinal as Eden Shizuka
- Ivy Marshall Corbin as Sam Neuman
- Gerry Shanahan as Dr. Neumann
- Jon Campling as Doug Mulligan
- Daniel Vivian as Dragn Llic
"ZM" has a tired plot, but is revived a bit by some interesting actors and a few good zombies.
The fact that the film is a quilt of a few other films helps it along a little bit. "Resident Evil" is diffidently represented. There is a slight feeling, very slight of the Lucio Fulci film "Zombie." Yes, I did bow down before the directors name. There is even a tip of the filmmaker's hat to "The Dirty Dozen."
Official Synopsis IMDb
A bacteriological weapon developed by the US Government to create a super soldier - spreads an epidemic in a quiet little town in the middle of Eastern Europe. All citizens have been turned into infected zombies. The plan is to bring an atomic bomb into the city's nuclear plant to pretend a terrible accident occurred. No one has to know the truth. A team of mercenaries is hired to complete the mission. The battle is on. Hordes of monsters against the team. WHO WILL SURVIVE?
The men that are recruited are prisoners who really have no choice and really want the $2M cash that is waiting at the end of their completed mission. Like money will be worth anything in a zombie apocalypse.
The motley crew of convicts Led by Jack, a hardcore black ops mercenary type is not only a soldier with all the right moves, actor Christian Boeving is ruggedly good looking. Mad Dog, is the guy that every zombie film has. Doesn't really take the situation seriously until the zombies are almost up his butt. Dragan is the one who is a bigger pain in the ass than Mad Dog. To round out the group is Eden Shizuka, a beauty who kills her share of zombies of swords and knives ala Michonne of "The Walking Dead."
Transported to a small Eastern European country that someone refers to as Romania, ( the only reason I know which country they are in). The group has very little time to take the nuke via truck to the nuclear power plant, set it to blast at a certain time and get back to the airport to be retrieved.
Best laid plan comes to mind at this point and it isn't the plans the soldiers have been given because that was a lie from the get go. The plan the military has made is for the group to go in, the bomb is set the minute the protective case is open and they get blown up with the rest of Romania. Mad Dog, the bomb expert finds out how screwed they are and they set off to get back to the airport to the helicopter which may not even be there. Oh and guess what? IN COMING!
A vehicle is found, a convertible VW, and the group starts to 'pound sand' fighting the walking dead the whole time. Guns and ammo are needed, so a police station is raided and the group gets their weapons and a woman who was in a jail cell. They take her along, she has a major part of the plot, her dad is the doctor the zombie massacre in motion. They are back on the road, however, the car needs gas and when they stop to get it, dammit, there are more zombies there too. A hippie type named Doug comes to their rescue and takes the group to the warehouse where he's been hiding with his pregnant girlfriend.
It is at this point in the film we see some flashbacks regarding Doug and his girlfriend.
In real-time, they'd have been dead for hours, but not in zombie rich Romania. As they set out, the hippie and his girlfriend have to stay behind.
The race is on. Who will survive, who will die and who will over or underact through the rest of the film.
This is a lower budget zombie film (approximately $1M) and it is actually much better than many I've viewed. The places where it is bad, it is really bad.
The flashbacks aren't announced in any way. All of a sudden you're watching the same people in a different situation and then you realize it's a flashback and not all the beer you've consumed during the film.
Another major, major problem is the opening sequence in which a woman walks out of her house and gets one little dribble of blood on her, (that seems to fall from the sky), and she turns. But, the rest of the film you see guys covered in blood with no infection at all.
One of major problems with not only this film, but Hollywood in general is that if a character is not Caucasian, many (most) filmmakers want to use a white actor. A perfect example is Johnny Depp's latest film "The Lone Ranger." Tonto is supposed to be an American Indian. Johnny Depp is not an Indian. Why couldn't that part have gone to an actor who was Native American. Ok, he's big box office draw, except in this film which bombed.
In "Zombie Massacre" Eden, the gal with the swords is played by Tara Cardinal, who is not Japanese, which the film plays her as. Her thick make-up tries to make her look like a Japanese Samurai. However, the lovely Miss Cardinal is not Japanese. What would have been wrong with finding an actual Japanese actress to play Eden ... I don't know either.
This film, while not completely horrible is also not very satisfying.
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