"Zombie Town" DVD
Considering that "Zombie
Town" is brought to us via a production studio whose name
translates literally into the English as "Shoes For All"
(Zapatos Pour Todos), you'd think that "Zombie Town"
might be a somewhat tongue-in-cheek affair.
The plot isn't something
you see too often--a small-town mechanic in the tiny town of Otis,
Vermont must turn to his ex-girlfriend and snowplow driving rival
to survive a zombie apocalypse in the making.
And it was, in at least
a small part, a tongue in cheek affair, though they could've gone
a bit farther with it. For instance, where Alex asks "What
do you mean, they're all dead" when Jake talks to her early
on, it would've been great if Jake could have looked up at her
and said something like "Dead! As in no longer living! They
have CEASED to BE!" in the best Monty Python style. However,
the old lady zombie brawl down at the Saturday night bingo hall
was definitely worth the price of admission.
Which isn't to say
I don't approve of "Zombie Town"--it's very much a Romero
classical-style look at a town in the grips of the earliest stages
of Zombie Apocalypse. From the disbelief of the civil authorities
to the gradual nature of the infection and its spread, it's very,
VERY Romero. I'm just convinced that "Zombie Town" could
have been quite a bit more than what it actually was. I'm a bit
disappointed--there's potential here that's simply not being observed.
Granted, these zombies
are a bit more twitchy and aggressive than the Romero variety,
but they don't run, and they don't talk. This puts them well ahead
of most Romero knockoffs. And I'm significantly less than pleased
by the whole "zombies as transport for some kind of bug /
slug-thing" either. Too much "Night of the Comet"
for my tastes, but there wasn't that much wrong with "Night
of the Comet". So again, I approve.
I spent most of the
movie approving of "Zombie Town"--for a low-budget zombie
flick it was actually quite palatable. Often funny, and quick
on the draw, it kept up a solid pace and yet still knew when to
The ending spends a
little time being introspective before wandering straight into
a bang-up brawl with a horde of zombies. This strange diversion
gives a little extra credibility to the ending, and is a welcome
surprise. Plus, a twist ending awaits, which is not half bad.
The special features
include Spanish subtitles, a making-of featurette, a featurette
on the special effects of "Zombie Town", and trailers
for "Zombie Town", "Dead Lenny", "All
In", "Arachnia", "Ice Queen" and "Illegal
All in all, "Zombie
Town" may be just a huge knockoff of "Night of the Comet",
but it's still a pretty damn good knockoff of "Night of the
Comet". That and when's the last time you actually saw one
of those? Funny, scary and action-packed, "Zombie Town"
is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.
Directed by Damon Lemay
Written by Damon Lemay
Starring Adam Hose, Brynn Lucas, Dennis Lemoine, Philip Burke
Producd by Zorinah Juan, Mary Beth French
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