Once again, The Asylum hits us with such a bizarrely unique focus on an already saturated market with their newest release ‘Zoombies.’
Much more amusing to unspokenly read that to actually say, the 2016 Glenn R. Miller (The Bell Witch Haunting, Santa Claws) film is now available On Demand, for home entertainment purchase and alas in your local Redbox. Something recently rare for The Asylum releases, a distribution channel I have sorely missed when it comes to the infamous films of this studio.
Spring-boarding with some similarities from last summers blockbuster ‘Jurassic World,’ audiences actually get a much more realistic epidemic with this lesser budgeted B-Horror than seen on the surface. Meaning, this is more likely to really happen than what we see in the “Jurassic” franchise.
Initially, ‘Zoombies’ begins with a group of interns who travel to “Eden” to begin preparing for the grand opening of the park that has assembled countless of species of animals, many of which are endangered.
“Eden” has been passed down to Dr. Ellen Rogers (Kim Nielsen) from her grandfather, which therein lies the greatest “emotional” pull of the one hour and 27 minute movie. However, there are several reaches that attempt to pull on viewers emotions that result in genuine laughter, and from the first ten minutes of ‘Zoombies’ you should know the caliber of movie you are watching, a rip-roaring adventure that boasts the basics of brass tacks and boldly bizarre bends and breaks.
The most important aspect you must come to accept when you decide to give ‘Zoombies’ a chance is the shabby, gaudy, tacky but very fun computer generated imagery that audiences are slapped with every which way and in just about all different animalistic forms. Always laughable, yet workable, these sequences supplement the overall aesthetics that The Asylum in known for, making ‘Zoombies’ one hell of a fun time.
In saying this, I must confess that even for The Asylum standards, ‘Zoombies’ falls flat from the full potential that I was expecting. The title snatched my attention, the trailer captivated my anticipation and the artwork and tag lines sealed the deal, but there wasn’t that extra oomph that I was truly hoping for after it was all said and done. I feel as if someone like Jared Cohn (Little Dead Rotting Hood, Atlantic Rim) would have directed this effort that it would have made an incredible difference.
Other than the black comedic or cultish one-liners, the highlight of ‘Zoombies’ was the old school technique of executing a proper “Gorilla Suit” role (Kifo), something that has been underused in contemporary filmmaking, a huge pat on the back for the production team for making that call, it was a great call and a blast to watch.
As for the story and the cast, they also had much more potential than they showed in the final product, but all in all I recommend ‘Zoombies’ to all B-Horror fans, in particular ones of the old “Monster Movie Drive In” sub-genre that had been ever-so popular in the mid twentieth century, The Asylum has resurrected that movement, hopefully the follow up and follow through with more of the same.