Friday, October 16, 2015

Zombeavers (2014)

Director:  Jordan Rubin

Writers: Al Kaplan, Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan

Composers: Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan

Starring: Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Hutch Dano, Jake Weary, Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Brent Briscoe, Phyllis Katz, Robert R. Shafer, Bill Burr, John Mayer, Jordan Rubin, Sonny Tanning, Fred Tatasciore, Chad Anderson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You'll all be damned!

Plot: A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Hilarious.  From the first five minutes you know exactly what you're in for.  I kept thinking that there's no way they can continue this level of fun for the rest of the picture but they do.  The acting is quite good (I really liked Zoe (Palm) and her Juliette Lewis-ness (plus she's the only one of the bunch to take her top off but, really, it was her performance that won me...OK, the tits come in at a close second).  She's fun.  At first the three girls are annoying as fuck but they grow on you as the danger increases.  Of all of the 'kids' I couldn't stand Sam (Dano).  He's an asshole to the end.  Oddly enough, all of the non-kid characters are really fun even if they're idiots or assholes.  Fortunately, a lot of people die.  The beavers are great.  It's obvious that they're puppets but that just adds to the fun.  They're creatively handled and they work very well with the tone of the film.  The effects are fantastic.  One character loses a foot and you know they had to green screen the missing but it doesn't look cheap one bit.  The ending is great fun and I really hope they follow this up with what they set up at the end...zombees.  I want to see more from this team.  I went into this thing thinking it was going to be a lame, one-joke movie with some sub par acting, bad effects and slow pacing but it's not.  The film makers do an awful lot with such a small cast and minimal locations.  It's got an 80s vibe but it one-ups those pictures with the fast pacing.  I loved it. 

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