Mulberry St

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A virus outbreak in Manhattan has its victims turning into human rat hybrids with violent tendencies. As the virus spreads, the city finds itself being devoured by the mutated humans hungry for the flesh of those unturned. Now, six tenants of a rundown apartment building must survive the night or get a firsthand look at a rat’s digestive habits.

I kind of like the idea of people sized rats. They’d be so damn cute. Sure, you might get your arm torn from its socket by the very large teeth of said giant rat, but hey, just imagine the fun you could have trying to ride it around town, or you could take it to Walmart to freak out all the shoppers, and lines at the DMV would be a thing of the past, who’s going to want a giant rat behind them in line. You know what, I’m going to go one step further, I don’t want just any man sized rat, I want an undead man sized rat. I’m sure regular man sized rats are a dime a dozen but I’m guessing not too many people have an undead version. That’ll shut up those fucking assholes at Zombie Local 233 who think having one of those little fru-fru dogs you carry around in a purse is cool. They won’t think it’s so cool when Bob (I don’t have a penchant for original names) comes strolling in. I’ve got to hurry up with this review because I’ve got some serious scientific work ahead of me and I don’t know the first god damn thing about science. Hell, I only recently learned the world wasn’t flat and that shit’s apparently been around for a while.

Our film starts off in the streets of not so sunny Manhattan. Here, the citizens frolic and dance in between killing each other off for drugs, money, or whatever reason they feel is appropriate (cheeseburgers?). Enter crazy rats, rats hell bent on attacking everyone and everything in sight. Only thing is these crazy rats transmit a virus, a very different kind of virus then the ones were used to (rabies is a bitch though), one that turns the bitten into nightmarish creatures that are half rat, half human (and apparently undead as this was somehow categorized as a zombie film though I haven’t been able to see how the fuck this is at all a zombie flick). At first the citizens are only worried about the wild rats, that is until the first bite victims begin turning. It’s then that pandemonium breaks out among the terrified residents of Manhattan. In only a short time, those that haven’t been turned are quickly becoming snacks for those that have. In the midst of all this chaos comes Clutch, a tenant in one of Manhattan’s many aging tenements. His daughter is due back from her service in the armed forces when the virus breaks out, and let me tell you, it is going to be one hell of a night for father and daughter, on lonely, lonely Mulberry Street.

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{Somehow that does not seem like the greatest of fates, he looks like he’s taking such little bites}

This movie is a great example of a good idea that just comes out a little too much on the ridiculous side. People turning into hideous rat mutants sounds really cool, doesn’t it? I think it sure as hell does, in a comic book story line, an idea like that would work perfectly. However, in a serious horror flick it doesn’t come even close to working. I kept finding myself laughing at the rat people, even at those moments when I was supposed to be terrified. In fact, some things seemed so deliberately funny, I found myself constantly wondering if it was supposed to be comedic or not. What’s worse is that this was sold as a zombie film. I have no idea if someone actually considered this to somehow be a zombie movie or if it was just used to bring in the zombie lovers. I didn’t once see it even implied that the rat mutants were somehow undead. Sure, they were definitely rat mutants, but they seemed to be very much alive rat mutants so I’m going to guess that some marketing exec ran out of his cocaine supply and needed some quick money, so he threw the word zombie in there and hoped no one would notice that this was not a zombie movie. That’s the only thing that makes sense to me.

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{This popped up in an image search for Mulberry St and it still makes more sense than calling the film a zombie flick}

The sad part is that this movie isn’t half bad. The acting is fairly decent. I was honestly surprised that a movie like this had a good caliber of actors. The makeup effects are top notch, and for the low budget this movie had, I was definitely impressed with what they managed to pull off in comparison to what they had to work with. The transformation from man to rat, while still funny, was shown well. It’s not an instant werewolf type of transformation, but more of a gradual change, taking several hours to complete.   It’s the type of transformation politicians have after becoming elected (someone please queue the rim shot sound).

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{Bleeding out of your eyes is very normal when your teeth grow right}

In the end I’m not sure exactly how to rate this movie. It is done well, but it just comes off as too funny to be taken seriously. In my opinion, you should only watch this if you’re in need of a good laugh; otherwise I’d find something else, and definitely stay away if you’re thinking this is a zombie movie, it most assuredly is not. The only reason I even bothered to review this during the Year of the Undead was just to warn anyone influenced by Mulberry St’s hints of it being a zombie movie that this wasn’t the case.

 

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are)

Starring: Nick Damici (Late Phases, Stake Land), Kim Blair (The Look, The Mighty Macs), and Bo Corre (Sad Spanish Song, Freud’s Magic Powder)

Released By: After Dark Films and Belladonna Productions

Release Year: 2006

Release Type: Limited Theatrical Release

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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