What do you get when you mix one part slasher movie with one part zombie movie? Zombiefied from director Todd Jason Cook is out now on DVD from Celebrity Home Entertainment. I will admit I am a huge fan of both slashers and zombie films, but can the two co-exist?
Zombiefied starts out at a metal concert, where lead singer Alana has just finished up a set with her band Kill Order. While outside loading up their equipment, someone kills the sound man and plays a cassette tape clearly marked “Do Not Play”. Within seconds everyone inside the club is turned into a zombie, leaving Alana and her band mates to fight for their lives. Meanwhile, our stalker is out on the town wearing a Richard Nixon mask. He likes to have a little fun with his victims, setting up mannequins in creepy positions before finally offing his victims. As the movie progresses, Alana gets a hold of some friends of hers, Angel and Tommy. It turns out Angel and Tommy had survived a similar incident 13 years ago when a band called Living Corpse wrote the zombie infecting song. Thankfully, they know how to cure the zombies, play the song backwards. Eventually, the paths of the zombies cross that with the “Nixon Killer” (who turns out can control the zombies!) and all hell breaks loose for our remaining survivors!
If any of that sounded interesting to you (which should be most anyone that would visit the Bloodsprayer), I’m proud to say that Zombiefied is a whole hell of a lot of fun! This is a pretty ambitious idea for a small budget to try and tackle, but Todd Jason Clark does an excellent job. The on screen carnage is fast and furious, and it doesn’t let up until the final credits roll.
I want to highlight the slasher aspect of the film because some of the set pieces with the mannequins were quite affective. A nice throwback to the 80’s slasher movies was the seemingly invincible Nixon Killer who is completely mute. Reminiscent of the Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees of my youth I’ve always preferred the silent assassin. The kills are also quite brutal and should appeal to any gore hounds out there. The ending was fantastic and fit the bill for classic slasher movie endings as well.
Zombiefied chose to go with the new school running zombies. Typically I’d be against this, but considering they’re infected and not actually dead it works quite well. Unlike some lower budgeted zombie flicks, a fair amount of extras were used to pump up the zombie numbers making them a much more menacing threat. Zombie make up was used at a minimum, but considering the zombies turned due to a cassette tape, they really shouldn’t show much decay.
Technically speaking Zombiefied is what it is, a low budget horror movie. It’s not gonna have the polish of a major studio film, and that’s some of what gives it it’s charm. Like I mentioned above the effects were plentiful and stood out as a huge positive. The blood and guts are in full effect, as well as some nice fire work towards the end that you usually don’t see on lower budgeted movies. The acting is what you’d expect, some is good and some is okay at best. I don’t have any real complaints, but nobody really stood out either.
My biggest issue with Zombiefied was with the music used. I understand the relationship that horror movies and metal have had over the years and I realize that the incident that causes the zombie outbreak is a metal concert, but I’ve never been a fan of extremely loud trash metal during every action or kill scene. What can I say, I’m old school.
Well worth hunting down, Zombiefied is a great way to spend an evening! The story leaves plenty of unanswered questions to set up an eventual sequel. With a suggested retail price of only $9.95 I’m sure you can find this movie at a reasonable price. Zombiefied comes highly recommended, and as always support independent horror!