Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ZA: Zombies Anonymous (2005)

Number Rolled: 1
Movie Name/Year: ZA: Zombies Anonymous (2005)
Genre: Horror
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Marc Fratto
Writer: Marc Fratto
Actors: Jenny Greeman, Joseph DeVito, Yarusha Jimenez, Lodric D. Collins, S. Vanessa Bryant, Gina Ramsden, Joshua Nelson, Mary Jo Verruto, Lincoln Cabrerra, Jennifer Brown, Mandi Bradbury, Shannon Moore

Imagine a world where the dead don’t truly die. The moment that last breath is taken, they rise up as the undead. Meat-craving, pasty-skinned, anti-living zombies, in the flesh; but instead of rising up to immediately hate and attempt to devour the living they continue their lives – in a manner of speaking.

The main character of this story, Angela – played by Gina Ramsden, is shot by her lunatic boyfriend about five minutes into the movie. We then go on a journey with her as she attempts to live in a world that fears and rejects her kind. It has the makings of a run-of-the-mill recipe coming of age movie. Even with the zombie dynamic. However, the movie manages to avoid that fate. There are few movies out there, that I’ve heard of/seen, that shoot from the perspective of the zombie rather than the humans. This one tells the tale very well and with an amazingly unique setting.

For a B-movie, it was absolutely incredible. There was only one actress I hated (Shannon Moore, no thanks), while the rest did a pretty decent job. A tiny budget led to a few issues with graphics and video, but it forced the director to be more creative, you can see it in a lot of the scenes. Granted, the quality of the film almost makes it feel like a bootleg, but if you can get passed that – it’s really worth it.

The soundtrack left a lot to be desired. It was like a badly created .midi file being looped so that you’re still hearing its annoying sound about a half hour after the movie was over. I could have lived without that.

Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

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