Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Zombie Genocide

I bought myself a very rare thing recently- a made-in-Northern-Ireland zombie movie. Called Zombie Genocide, it dates from the early nineties and was put together by an outfit called Midnight Pictures. It is an exceedingly low budget affair and the technology involved at the time was such that they had no editing facilities- it was shot in scene order on camcorder.

The premise is simple- a group of guys are out camping for a week and when they return to town they discover it deserted- save for the walking dead. If you can get past the jarring nineties fashions and the obvious cheapness of it all, it's actually a fairly watchable movie; if you're into this sort of thing. If you aren't a BIG fan of zombie movies don't bother. I actually enjoyed it and I liked that they made the most of their limitations by constraining much of the action to one house and a few outdoor locations. As an example of what you can do with a few friends, a camera and some motivation, it's superb and if you ever felt like you wanted to make a cheap horror movie, then check this out to see how it's done. It would be really interesting to see what they could do with a remake of this film because I think the set-up was well conceived and though the acting and dialogue need sprucing up a little, with a bit more cash and the kind of technology available in on the modern home PC it could be a great little movie.

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