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Zombieworld (DVD) Review

February 26, 2015 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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Zombieworld DVD Review

Zombieworld

Directed by Various (go here for full list)
Screenplay by Various (go here for full list)

Distributed by Image Entertainment and RLJ Entertainment

Not rated
Runtime– 100 minutes

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When it comes to anthology movies, regardless of the genre, they tend to be, at best, hit and miss affairs. Very rarely do we ever get an anthology movie that rocks from beginning to end (think The Kentucky Fried Movie or Creepshow and, to a lesser extent, Amazon Women on the Moon for true anthology movie greatness). Zombieworld, a new low budget horror anthology flick that takes place in a world held in the grip of a worldwide zombie virus, is one of the hit and miss affairs, mostly because the movie’s segments don’t congeal the way they really need to to form one movie. There are some great segments, though, ones that will make zombie and horror movie nerds smile widely.

The movie features twelve segments of varying quality that all deal with a zombie apocalypse of some sort. We’re led to believe that the segments we’re watching are special news reports from a 24 hour news channel in California, KPRS. The anchor at the helm, Marvin Gloat (Bill Oberst, Jr.), has been bitten by a zombie off screen, but because he’s a dedicated newsman he vows to continue broadcasting until he either dies or the apocalypse is stopped. So Gloat introduces various “reports,” which are short films that deal with the ongoing apocalypse. The best short in the movie is the second segment shown, Fist of Jesus, which features Jesus Christ fighting an army of Roman soldier and cowboy zombies that appear after Jesus brings Lazarus back from the dead. The segment plays a little too long but is chock full of absolutely ridiculous kung fu sequences where Jesus kills every zombie in his path, sometimes with his fists and feet and sometimes with fish. And the last segment, Brutal Relax, which has a stressed out man trying to enjoy his beach vacation when the beach is invaded by zombie mutants that kill and eat everythingin sight. The man, who never says a word, ends up slapping every mutant to death when he decides that he can’t allow anything to get in the way of his down time. This segment goes on a bit too long, too, but it has some of the best nasty practical effects you’re likely to see in any horror flick of the last five years. It gets repetitive at times, but there is a certain joy in watching multiple zombies get their faces ripped off. I mean, how often do you see that kind of thing anywhere?

There are two interesting stabs at zombie comedy, with I Am Lonely, a bit of Irish comedy goofiness, and Certified, a short film that doesn’t feature any actual zombies but implies that they exist. I think you’ll smile at the way Certified ends because it comes out of nowhere. Lonely is a little too talky for its own good. It works but it would have been better if it had been shorter.

The least successful of the segments include a series of public service announcements on “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” (they go on too long and don’t emphasize or exaggerate enough the idea that the government would create public service announcements on how to survive a zombie attack), a segment where a woman ends up marrying a zombie (Home), and one where a video game player gets sucked inside his evil zombie killing video game and is annihilated by his girlfriend, who has no idea he’s been sucked into the video game, Teleportal. Home is just boring and Teleportal makes absolutely no sense. How is watching a guy get sucked into a nightmarish video game a “news” report? How would a news station get that footage?

I really wanted to like Dead Stop, segment that takes place via surveillance cameras at a highway rest stop. It’s a cool idea and has a great look but it ends too soon for it to really work.

One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is that the zombies at the heart of this zombie apocalypse are not the same in every segment. Sometimes the zombies walk slowly, sometimes the zombies run, and sometimes they rise out of the sea and look like mutants. It probably would have wisest to make the zombies appear to be uniform throughout the movie. I mean, look at the first segment, Dark Times, which takes place via a character’s POV, has a zombie giant. A zombie giant? What the heck is that about?

And the KPRS newscast goes on way too long, too. It’s funny, but Gloat’s transformation into a zombie goes on seemingly forever.

It all plays a little too long and is uneven, but Zombieworld is still kind of cool and worth checking out. It’s more fun than anything else.

See Zombieworld. See it, see it, see it.

So what do we have here?

Dead bodies: Lots.

Undead bodies: Even more.

Explosions: A few.

Nudity?: None.

Doobage:Panic, bloody arm removal, military attack, a zombie Santa Claus that eats a guy’s stomach, weird soundtrack noise, golf club to the face, Jesus, bloody gut removal, more bloody arm removal, fish as weapons, face smashing, fish spine used as a sword, swordfish through the eye, fish through the face, zombie jaw removal, a zombie report from Ireland, a zombie gas station attack, undead cows attacking the living, attempted zombie wedding, bicycle seat hammered into the skull, a nasty public bathroom, a zombie videogame story, a mailman delivering a certified letter, soda drinking, potential zombie miners, a zombie beach attack, Frisbee to the head, serious bloody leg removal, skeleton removal, full brain removal, a dead Walkman, beach umbrella down the throat, a dead child’s skeleton used as a weapon, blowing a zombie up with a foot pump, and talking zombies.

Kim Richards?: Big time.

Gratuitous: Running zombies, animated zombies, a newscast live report, a bad toupee, low budget Jesus, sword fish, multiple zombie apocalypse public service announcements, Raccoon City in the background, an “In Memoriam” segment, a news crawl talking about the Kardashians, Dawn of the Dead motto, a mud hole on the beach, slapping a zombie to death, and hilarious zombie vacation photos.

Best lines: “Santa! Move your fat ass!,” “Judas, do you have anything I can use as a weapon?,” “The world has, indeed, gone topsy turvy,” “This reporter could certainly use a cocktail,” “Take that you dead fuck!,” and “Karma still exists in the zombie apocalypse.”

Movie rating: 7.0/10.0

DVD Info

Zombieworld is presented in 1.78:1 Widescreen. It is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Audio Info: Zombieworld has a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

Special Features:

Marathon Apocalypse: This is a short film that wasn’t included in the main part of the movie, although credits for it do appear in the end credits. It’s basically a quick sequence of a woman being chased in the dark from zombies and then an announcement of a marathon in Quebec. It’s well made and looks great but it doesn’t make any sense. If there’s a joke in there somewhere I have no idea what it is.

-A very cool trailer for Wolf Cop, a movie I plan on reviewing very, very soon.

7.0
The final score: review Good
The 411
Zombieworld is an uneven horror anthology that features some very cool stuff, like Jesus fighting zombies with fish, and a stressed out guy pissed off that zombies have invaded his vacation, and then a bunch of stuff that doesn’t quite work as well. There’s some outstanding practical gore effects spread throughout, and you have to love the movie’s sense of humor. The jokes don’t always land but it’s still nice that they tried. The movie does need to be tighter, though. It just goes on too long.
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