To be fair, not all Disney Channel movies are great masterpieces. Maybe it’s the budget or the target group, but the stories all seem to be roughly the same. ‘boy and girl come from different worlds but like each other nevertheless and fall in love’. The rest of the movie consists of them trying to convince the rest of the world that the other group is not so bad as they think. Z-O-M-B-I-E-S is no exception to that rule. At first, I wasn’t interested in watching it, but since the second movie spiked my attention I found that I had to watch this one first to understand the story more.
We begin the movie with a short history lesson about the town of Seabrook. Fifty years ago an accident at the Seabrook Power Plant including lime-soda (not important; yet interesting detail) turned half of the population in brain-eating zombies. The humans placed a wall around the factory to contain the zombies and called that part of town Zombietown. The government later created bracelets for zombies, called Z-Bands, that deliver soothing electromagnetic pulses to keep zombies from craving brains.
Then we meet Zed, a zombie living in Zombietown and Addison who lives the perfect life in Seabrook. In a face to face with the camera, they tell us their life stories. Today marks the day that zombies are allowed to go to the human high school Seabrook high. Zed tells us that he wants to join the school’s football team, while Addison wants nothing more but to join the cheerleading team. But she has a secret…She has worn a wig all her life because her real white hair isn’t to the standards of Seabrook’s perfection.
At first, the zombies are not excepted by the other students of Seabrook High, but Zed is accepted into the football team when he impressively saves Addison during a pep rally. During a zombie alarm, Zed and Addison meet in a Zombie Safe Room and they start talking. When Addison realizes that Zed is a zombie, she punches him in the face but later regrets it, and the two become friends and fall in love. To help get zombies more accepted and more rights, Zed needs to bring the football team to the next level by winning games. This is not easy as he is not yet fully accepted, but with the help of his zombie friend Eliza, Zed hacks his Z-Band and gives himself more zombie strength.
Addison is invited by Zed to attend the zombie party in Zombietown. They dance and have a good time. Just before the pair can kiss, however, the Zombie Patrol crashes the party and takes away Addison. At home, her parents find out that she is seeing a boy and don’t allow her to do anything cheerleader related until they get to meet the boy. The next day Zed shows up to take Addison on a date while looking human due to him messing with his Z-Band. Addison tells him that it is the others that have to change, not them.
On the day of the homecoming game, Bucky finds out about Zed’s Z-Band hack and has his followers steal Eliza’s laptop to hack the Z-Bands. They succeed, resulting in Zed, Eliza, and their friend Bonzo turning “full zombie” and being taken away by the Zombie Patrol. Most of the cheerleaders started to like the zombies, also because they still win the homecoming game and Addison exposes that it was Bucky who messed with the Z-Bands. She then removes her wig to show that she is different than the rest, just like the zombies.
Bucky eliminates all of the zombie-supporting cheerleaders following the incident. When the cheerleader competition nears, Addison and Bree find Zed and Bonzo trying to stop Eliza from sabotaging the competition. Bucky’s team is failing because they do not have enough members, so Zoey, Zed’s little sister, tries to get in and help him. At first, Zoey is booed by the crowd, but with help from Addison and Zed, the zombies and cheerleaders come together to do a cheer routine, after which Zed and Addison confess they love each other. The ending scene shows that the humans and zombies reunite with each other via a block party in Zombietown.
Overall I thought it was an alright movie. It is full of clichés about high school, friendships and love but including zombies gave it a nice twist. But in the end, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. I found the whole ‘talk to the camera like I’m in a movie’ scenes very cringe worthy to watch. I mean, do either a narrator or more scenes like this but don’t think you can get away with just two of those scenes in the entire movie. But the weakest visuals in the movie was during the song ‘Stand’ where they show a montage of events like a flashback, but most of the events shown only happened a couple of minutes ago. They did portray the differences in lifestyle between the zombies and humans very nicely with the humans in pastel colours and white while the zombies have darker colours in their colour scheme.
The songs were alright but nothing special and I rank them in the following order:
6. Our Year
5. My Year
4. Pep Rally
2. Fired UP
So I think it’s a good movie to watch once and then know it exists. So I give it 3 out of 5 brains.