"Zombiefied"

(2013)

 

Every now and then I will stumble upon an independent horror film which reminds me why I love indie movies. Zombiefied did just that for me, it starts off strong and ends even stronger. The violence in the film doesn't let up either, just when you think you'll have a moment of peace, the blood starts flying again.
I haven't seen a plot like this in my five years of reviewing movies. It's about a maniac in a Richard Nixon mask going around and turning people into zombies by playing a certain song. Without spoiling too much, it's up to a small group of survivors to stop the psycho and avoid the zombie plague.
The first thing I noticed right from the beginning is the surreal look of the film with the amazing lighting and colors. It really reminds me of Dario Argento's work from the 70's and 80's. The stunts and effects in the film where phenomenal, and it looked like the actors where actually being hurt on screen.
I really enjoyed the characters in this film, however some of the acting is hit or miss. For example some parts of the film the acting literally shines, while others sadly seemed a bit lackluster. The film makes up for the unconvincing acting with the sheer about of violence on screen. When I say this film doesn't let up, I mean it. It was about an hour and forty minutes of intestines, severed hands, eye gouging and a lot more.
After viewing the film, I wanted to see it again right afterwards. The last independent film to do that for me was IBS.
Now with all this said, let it be known that I do know some of the people who are involved in this film. I tried not to let that get in my way of my overall opinion, but I have to admit seeing people I know and respect on screen was a real treat. I especially loved Joe Grisaffi's cameo, and his outtakes were just hilarious.
If you are a fan of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, this film will be right up your ally. I can't recommend it enough, and it's a pure blast from beginning to end. I can't wait to see what the director Todd Jason Falcon Cook has in store for the future.
9/10

Derek Huey