Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)
Director: Kevin Hamedani
4 / 5 zedheads
I'm quite fond of the zombie's capacity for social commentary. George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) has always used zombies to comment on the generational and timeless flaws of humanity, but he's not alone. Zombies of Mass Destruction (ZMD) is one of several recent zombie comedies that has latched onto the idea of using zombies for direct political satire. Poking fun at post-9/11 American intolerance and fear mongering, ZMD is a highly entertaining farce even if it goes to some surprisingly dark and cynical places where the humour runs thin.
|Until you stop drooling, young man, you'll sleep out in the garden.|
|You've got red on you. Wait, sorry -- wrong zomedy|
|American culture's not the only thing skewered in ZMD|
Speaking of violence, there's plenty of zombie gore in ZMD. Although shot on a budget smaller than most features, ZMD offers up some very accomplished gore effects and a combination of practical / CGI wizardry to show zombies being sliced, diced, blasted, and impaled. If political satire is not your thing, ZMD is still worth checking out for the impressive and fun zombie kills.
|Gays with guns: Competent homosexual heroes.|
Zombies of Mass Destruction was released on DVD as one of the 8 Films to Die For. I'd say giving up your life for Zombies of Mass Destruction is a bit extreme, but it's definitely a worthy purchase for those of you who like your zombie carnage with an equal dose of broad political comedy. It's a zombie film for the Jon Stewart generation.