Stag Night of the Dead (2010) unrated
Director; Napoleano Jones
Runtime; 81 minutes
Tagline: Six Stags, one stripper, a million zombies you do the math.
Dean’s riotous ‘stag night’ (a bachelor party for those in the US looking confused) starts out harmless enough at a local pub but soon relocates to, what at first appears to be, an abandoned military installation. An impromptu game of Zomball (a play on paintball utilizing, you guessed it, zombies as targets) commences but the small collective of friends soon find themselves fighting amongst themselves as secrets are divulged and tempers flare. As other details become unearthed they find that they must band together for much more than mere bragging rights.
Zombie Hunter (2013)
Director; Kevin King / Kurt Knight
Runtime; 93 minutes
Arrowstorm Entertainment, Klimax
Tagline: One man to kill them all; Hell hath no fury.
Hunter has nothing left to live for after he finds his family in pieces chewed into chunks by a victim of the newest street drugs called ‘natas’. This same drug has turned the country into a barren wasteland leaving bands of survivors fending for their livelihood against those that have succumbed to the drugs horrific side effects. Dragged into one of these tightly knit, though diverse groups, Hunter discovers he may well have something to live for after all. However, as resources run low the group band together in order to find a new locale that is better suited much to the chagrin of others who are hungry though aren’t at all familiar or predictable.
Straight out the gate SNotD has an introduction that wickedly displays the films comedic vibe. Dean (Sebastian Street) is strung up by his ankles naked but for a well-placed sock. He cringes, as his friends look on amused, as a whip playfully strikes his bare flesh again and the hired stripper whispers of further punishment in his ear. Zombie Hunter boasts an introduction that’s longer than it ought to be and is more an explanation of the drugs allure than the characters in the film displaying little to no indication as to where the film might go next.
Plenty of bloodshed, great zombie effects, laughable CGI, silly one liners, a huge surprise which may leave the audience wondering if the film ran out of money half way through and the further introduction of more characters (one in particular barely dressed and very horny) keep the viewer’s attention although at times the acting is admittedly barely competent.
The storyline in SNotD feels slow and a little awkward in moments though is saved by well-executed comedic elements, great dialogue and several characters who are so goofy that one can’t help but have an instant strong feeling about them. The undead hordes however, suffer from inadequate/minimal ‘make up’ though based on the minimal budget utilized you can’t - in my opinion anyway - fault the film. Theses hordes rely more on the ‘Romero mythos’ than those in Zombie Hunter though also seem to have decision making abilities and those not yet fully transformed have a recollection of their past. One even comments on Dean not being able to get his deposit back (a running gag) as his tux is torn. Later the same character reasons and gloats which is very un-zombie like but again this is a comedy so there’s that!
Several scenes within the Zomball environment run a tad long, the game itself is hyped more than a PPV MMA event. Character interactions, the tease of the red jumpsuit’s future (will it come off, will it be torn) the person within and her usefulness in the new environment and varying personalities work well to keep the viewers interest where other aspects fail. The effects shown thus far are excellent with the budget still in mind.
The Zombies 6 7
The Gore 7 8.5
Quality of Effects 6 8
CGI 6 7
Acting 8 7
Comedy* n/a n/a
Story 6 6
Lighting 7 8
Fluidity 7 7
Soundtrack 7 7
Credits 7 8.5
(opening & closing)
Characters 7 7
Introduction 8 6
Total 82 87