Pro-Wrestlers vs Zombies (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Cody Knotts
Starring: Roddy Piper, Shane Douglas, Jim Duggan
Rated: UR/Region O/widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Troma
Pro-Wrestlers Vs. Zombies is exactly as it sounds sports entertainment icons and local ring talent using their signature fighting styles, athleticism and anything they can get their hands on to fend off the undead. An abandoned prison is the battlefield as a troupe of professional wrestlers are booked for a private show, only to be faced with the undead. Unfortunately for the zombie nation, they aren’t just facing any group of professional wrestlers, they are facing living legends like WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper, Matt Hardy, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, former ECW World champions The Franchise Shane Douglas and even Olympic medalist turned WWE and TNA World champion Kurt Angle!
It isn’t a surprise to anyone to hear me say that I might be just as big of a wrestling fan as I am a horror fan. That being said, if you toss a movie in front of me that puts wrestlers against zombies, then I’ll probably go out of my way to not only watch it, but to find some enjoyment out of it. It also doesn’t hurt when you have wrestlers that I actually know in it like Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, Shane Douglas, and especially the late great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Even if you can find nothing more in this movie than Piper to enjoy (and some of you will be hard on this one), you can at least take comfort in knowing that the Hot Rod gives a great performance here. Other wrestlers are pretty natural here as well, seeing as how most are just playing their wrestling gimmick amped up a bit. Shane Douglas also has a big role here, and I’ve always liked Shane as well. He basically plays his Franchise gimmick to the most degree here and I didn’t dislike him in that role at all. Only thing is, even with him being a pretty big tweener here, I found it hard to really go against Shane’s character, even when he was in the wrong. There is some uneven stuff in the story. Perhaps one of the biggest issues is not really going all the way with making you hate Shane, when you are clearly supposed to and for good reason most the time. Then other stuff happens and you give him a pass because, well, he’s Shane Douglas.
The zombie part of this is about what you’d expect from an indie zombie movie. There are times when you get some pretty cool gore scenes. There are also times when you feel stuff is just being done to pad things out, but at least in those scenes they usually at least involve the zombies. We even get to see indie wrestling star, Facade (The Neon Ninja who you should see on TV somewhere if there is any justice in the wrestling business), bust out his best spots in a few scenes with the zombies. You also have former WWE and TNA World Champion Kurt Angle make a cameo. I kinda wish we got more of Kurt, but then again he’s probably my favorite of the cast next to Piper. All in all its an indie zombie horror movie that has the same perks and flaws that all indie zombie movies have, only this one is really spiced up by the wrestler cast. If you love wresting you will find this to be a lot more watchable than probably a horror fan who doesn’t like wrestling. I think it could have stood to be a little less off the wall on the zombie lore side of it and a little shorter, but besides that I can’t really knock a horror movie about wrestling, especially one with one of the greatest of all time, Roddy Piper, in a leading role. With all that being said, I’d say it is worth a watch if you love wrestling.
– Audio commentary
– Extra scenes
– Troma trailers
– Intro from Llyod Kaufman
Quality of Transfer: 89%