Mimesis

MI1

A group of party goers awake to find that they have been drugged and are now being forced to play various characters from the original Night of the Living Dead, complete with a small group of zombies intent on hunting them all down.

No way in hell would I ever want to be made to play the part of the people from the original Night of the Living Dead. Well, with the exception of Ben, I’d totally be Ben. He was the only character that was any good in the film. I’m not talking about the remake where Barbara becomes useful either, I’m talking about the original where Ben probably would have survived had it not been for him having to constantly take care of everyone else. He had to deal with the already mentioned and completely useless Barbra who was only good for screaming, the so angry he was always going to get everyone killed Harry, Harry’s sick kid and his wife who was understandably stuck taking care of the kid, Tom who seemed about as smart as a box of rocks that were all dropped on their heads, and Tom’s girlfriend Judy who…what the hell did Judy do again. Point is, no one would want to be one of those people nor have any of them responsible for their lives. They need to do a remake where Ben kicks everyone out, making them fend for themselves while he comfortably survives the night without having to listen to them all bitch and moan. Damn, why have they not made that movie yet?

Our Night of the Living Dead tribute begins with a farmer and his wife being attacked by zombie like assailants in a farmhouse that looks strangely familiar before we shift focus to a horror convention where director Alfonso Betz (played by Sid Haig) is hosting a panel about the media constantly blaming horror films for the violent acts committed by psychopaths. In attendance are horror fan Russell and his friend Duane, the later of whom thinks Betz is full of shit. The pair head off to grab some food afterward where they meet a mysterious woman who invites them to a private party in the woods next to the very same farmhouse we saw in the beginning. The party seems to be a blast, at least until Russell wakes up the next morning next to a woman he doesn’t know in the middle of a graveyard. Russell is dressed like Johnny from Night of the Living Dead and the woman is dressed like Barbra, true to form a zombie begins shambling towards them. Russell can’t believe what is going on and so attempts to reach out to the unknown figure resulting in his neck being torn out while the woman runs off to the nearby farmhouse where she meets the just waking up Duane who himself is dressed like Night of the Living Dead’s Ben. She tells Duane what has happened and Duane goes to help his friend who though mortally wounded is still alive. Duane and the girl try to get Russell to the hospital but are attacked by more zombies. They are forced to leave Russell behind (where he ends up being chewed to death, not eaten, just bitten a ton of times) as they escape back to the farmhouse. Once inside they find more people hiding in the basement, all people representing the other characters from the film, the very same ones who were hiding in the basement during the beginning of Night of the Living Dead. The group even includes the very same woman who invited Duane and Russell earlier. Though it takes them all long enough they finally figure out that they are being made to play parts from the film and they are going to have to beat whomever is pretending to be the zombies outside if they hope to get out of there alive.

MI3

{Ruining that tie is just unforgivable}

Wow, it takes these people a ridiculously long time to figure out that they are playing parts in some twisted version of Night of the Living Dead. I get it that not everyone is going to be very well versed in the original film, not everyone is as crazy as I am where they are going to have watched the movie dozens of times to the point they have it nearly memorized, but come on. How does it take that long to figure it out? They take a long time before they finally come to terms with what was going on. In fact they are more ready to believe they are being attacked by real zombies in an isolated farmhouse than they are to believe they are just playing parts in some fucked up movie recreation. The beginning scene of Night of the Living Dead is one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history, horror film or not, but it takes them forever to figure it out, and even when they do, they still stand around arguing about it instead of trying to figure a way out. Then again, these aren’t the brightest stars in the sky. They make quite a few dumb moves as the film goes on, only slightly opening doors to make sure a room is clean, running away from a lone zombie when there are several people there to take it out, hell, one guy even waits in the shadows while a woman is attacked instead of taking the clear shot he has to end her. He seriously just stands there as her foot is chewed off before killing the zombie. It made no sense. The thing that pissed me off the most is how no one seems to question the very same woman who invited many of them there being amongst their group. They recognize her yet they do nothing about it, they don’t even question her until the end. These were not very smart people.

MI6

{Filmmakers: “Just add Sid Haig, it’ll all be fine.”}

Understand too that when I use the word zombie here I mean guys are gals dressed up as zombies. There aren’t any actual zombies, just thrill seekers who think it’s fun to play the undead. They were very lame. I won’t give away their entire motivation for why they’re doing it but it’s pretty lame when they admit to what’s going on. Besides, if you were going to seek a thrill wouldn’t the real thrill be in trying to survive the zombie attack, not just being the zombies? And beyond that if you were going to be a zombie wouldn’t you stick to the script so to speak? These zombies wield weapons, run when they need to, and act as unzombish as possible whenever they need to. I get trying to preserve your life but why even bother to go this far if you weren’t going to stick to being as completely zombie like as you could be? At least they did some good makeup for themselves that did come off as creepy even if they did seem to copy it from a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode called “Hush” where demons steal everyone’s voice. Well, except for the zombie that dressed up as the Crow, not sure where that one came from. Yeah, there is a The Crow zombie that just came across as really dumb. Thankfully, he’s not in it for long. Most of the effects are bad CGI with the exception of a few, but the zombie make up did seem creepy. Just hard to give too much credit when it looks so much like makeup from other things.

MI4

{Mimesis}

MI5

{Hush}

This isn’t the worst zombie film and it does have some great actors that give really good performances, but the ham fisted attempts to shove a cultural commentary on the media’s insistence that people get their ideas to cause mayhem in the real world because of movies and poor writing ruin anything that could have been decent. I won’t tell you don’t watch it because it was enjoyable, just don’t go seeking this one out.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Douglas Schulze (Dark Fields, Dark Heaven)

Starring: Allen Maldonado (One Decision Away, The Violin), Lauren Mae Shafer (Fractured, The Cabining), David G.B. Brown (The Ark of the Witch, Slow Burn), and Jana Thompson (The Anniversary, Brain Blockers)

Released By: Dead Wait Productions and Anchor Bay Entertainment

Release Year: 2011

Release Type: Straight to Video

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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