Zombieworld (2015) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Various
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., José María Angorilla, Marc Velasco
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
There is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run…the Zombie Apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale – walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.
Well, Dread Central has become the latest horror site to toss their name into film, this time by presenting, Zombieworld! So, what is Zombieworld exactly? It is basically a collection of zombie (and some other things) shorts all edited into one long movie and presented to us by a doomed news anchor (played by the great Bill Oberst Jr.) who has been bitten by a zombie and spends the film introducing us to shorts, all the while fighting off zombies off-camera and turning into one himself. The content we get is really all over the place, so no need to try to take any of this into s coherent plot. Just accept the odd mix and appreciate the good and just pray that anything bad we see is short. There is some really creative stuff here, like most the first person segments that really feel like a real life video game. Like everything else here, they feel as out of place as a white man dancing on an episode of Soul Trail, but taken for what they are, they are good. Another highlight of the entire movie is our two longer shorts from director, José María Angorilla. One is the well-known and infamous, Fist of Jesus. That is one wild and wacky time, that is just as entertaining as it is blasphemous. He also does another one where a man does battle with some sea creatures (I think that is what these guys are) who get in the way of his fun day on the beach. Rest assure that José María Angorilla gives us the best part of this movie. So, look for those to entertain you if nothing else.
The rest is about as even in plot and tone as a blind man giving you a haircut, with some hitting the mark and others making us think that perhaps this would have been a bit tighter if they had just left it out. I’m mixed on this one to be honest. I loved some, hated some, and just not really caring enough about some to go either way. I guess at the heart of things you could call this an anthology, but it doesn’t seem to connect as well as most and seems like more of a short film compilation, with some being broken up and sprinkled over the entire film. That is really what adds to the awkward tone of the entire thing. I dug the start of this a whole lot and there is one monster that popped up during that first short we see that I wish we had visited again. Then again, knowing the way this one was put together, that could just be another movie that is out there somewhere on its own and could be looked up and watched without the clutter of the rest. Taken as a whole, the film doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, even by zombie movie means. I still won’t say it is unwatchable, because it isn’t. There is some really good things in this “movie” worth seeing. You just have to crawl through some junk to get to those good moments overall. Perhaps Dread Central will actually go for something more original next time around, rather than just tossing stuff that is already out there together and slapping their name on it. Still, there are some really fun and bloody moments here worthy of seeing.
– Short Film: Marathon Apocalypse