In my quest to bring to you, dear reader, some of the most absurd and over-the-top films around, I have quickly discovered that not all of them can be winners. The problem most independent films face the most is that of money. Most of these films are made on shoestring budgets, some thinner than others. Unfortunately, when the cash is spread out too thin, the quality does suffer. This next movie is one of those.
Released in 2003 and directed by unknown director Chris Watson, Zombiegeddon brings us the tale of two twisted, crooked, and corrupt police officers who are the only ones who can stop the zombie apocalypse. Looking as though this movie was filmed with camcorders-on-tripods, we follow Officers Jeff and Cage as they go around town, not only killing bad guys but innocent bystanders as well. For a large portion of the movie, this is all we watch them do. These two evil cops go around committing crimes. No explanation why, no motive, not even any mention of zombies until way later in the film. The good news is the scenes that intercut this fucked up episode of COPS do have zombies in them. We also find Mr. Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman as a bumbling janitor getting chased by the zombies.
I have to admit, the special effects in this one were just not good at all. The scene when the cashier reading a dirty magazine gets attacked just left me unimpressed. It’s not just the quality of the special effects that were lacking, but the acting was lazy at times. The movie itself tries to warn us about the lack of quality by having Uve Boll get in front of the camera and inform us that what we are about to watch is not a good movie. Nevertheless, I persevered and made it through this cinematic onslaught. There are one or two highlights. Zombiegeddon features cameos from 80s scream queen Linnea Quigley, and horror film legend Tom Savini. He comes in at the very beginning and announces how important he is to stopping the zombie menace. The scene cuts away and we never hear from that character again. Gone. Doesn’t come back at all. I guess if his plan consisted of disappearing into thin air and ending up somewhere probably much nicer, you could say it worked.
I’m not going to rag on Zombiegeddon too much. They did what they could with as little funds as they had. Just like the other movies I’ve gone over, you can watch it right here.
Here come the zombies!