Sunday, 9 December 2012

30 Day Horror Challenge-Day 21: A horror movie that only makes you laugh

For the next 30 days (or whenever I stop being lazy and finish it), I will be giving my fingers short bursts of exercise by completing the 30 Day Horror Challenge, found here. Hopefully it will give you a bit of insight into what horror is for me. Don't forget to check back every day for a new installment.


Day 21: A horror movie that only makes you laugh

Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, or Zombi 3, as it is otherwise known, is pure gold. Initially starting out as another zombie movie for horror master Lucio Fulci, the legend dropped out days in to the shoot due to health problems, and the film was completed by an uncredited Bruno Mattei. I'm not sure if the film was ever intended to be terrifying, but nothing hints at it being the comedy it came out as. The simple and familiar plot is a virus escaping a research facility and the military quarantining the area, with the story centring around a few survivors and the scientists trying to find a cure for the infected. The film has all the survival horror beats, and is action packed, but throughout, it only comes out as a laughable film. There is an inherent ineptness to everything. Dialogue is ridiculous (and really sounds like the script was written, translated, and translated again before being delivered), and characters constantly do stupid things, like back themselves into zombie infested areas. Performances are terrible, ranging from wooden to bipolar. People switch gears at the drop of a hat. And the scientists (who seem to be hold up in a hotel ballroom), who are more focused on being nihilistic and antagonistic to the soldiers instead of actually trying to find a cure (seriously, they seem more insulted that they have to do work than actually trying to save lives!). Oh, the zombies... They are either completely awful at their zombie job, or else fantastically effective (oh the luck of a character standing between a load of hay that they hide under...). People turn like no ones business, and are about as creepy as the zombies in The Last Man on Earth (as in, not at all).

Best laughable moments; when everyone from maids to hotel staff runs in to an infected man's hotel room without knocking or asking permission, but when the army show up, they can't open the door. Genius.