When we joined Slasher Marketing at Days of the Dead in Atlanta back in February, we had no idea what awaited us. Oh sure, we got to see tons of horror genre…everything: shirts, posters, comics, figures, dvd’s, makeup, CELEBRITIES!!! I have to say though one of the most memorable things about our trip was meeting the crew at MonsterBuster Entertainment. They had a vendor table across from us and were promoting their newest full length feature Invasion of the Undead, an 80’s throwback adventure/horror/comedy/mishmashmelee-of-absolute-adolescent-joy about a young college grad who discovers her house is well, invaded…by….undead. Straight forward, and it owned balls. The movie was abso-frickin-lutely awesome. From the special effects to the acting and catchy script; even the production value…Invasion of the Undead was EXACTLY the film I had so desperately hoped it would be.
No more plot summary necessary. I’d rather talk about all the reasons why I loved this movie. So you know what this calls for, right? BULLET LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
· Production value. For the budget this movie was made for, the production value and effects were absolutely top notch and fit the film’s atmosphere properly. Nothing seemed out of place or done for no reason at all. Also, can you say stop motion?!
· The acting was actually far better than I anticipated, and that’s not because I didn’t believe the cast was capable. The thing with indie films is you just flat out never know what you’re going to get, but main cast members Marie Barker (college grad Allison), Greg Garrison and D. Dylan Schettina (Paranormal Exterminators Desmond and Jake, respectively) were a smash. The chemistry was there like a champ. I’ll get into it a bit later, but Greg Garrison played the Jack Burton/Indiana Jones hybrid perfectly. Just as impressive was interpreting Marie’s character Allison as a strong, charming, capable female lead role as opposed to your standard boobs-popping-out-omgliketotally helpless female faux pas. Jesus was it refreshing.
· The story was extremely well conceived and executed. It was original, easy to follow, and catchy…you know, the exact opposite of every modern country music song out there for the last 10 years? In other words, and to emphasize, it was fun, imaginative, and enjoyable enough that you don’t take it too seriously
· I engaged in IMMEDIATE 80’s nostalgic reminiscing as I watched the film. I’m an 80’s fanboy, and always will be. This movie took me straight back to those simpler times. It’s 100% the movie you watched as a child, then grew to love as an adult…except it’s new. I’m impressed…did you get that feeling yet?
So what’s left, now? How else can I drone on and on and on ad nauseam as to how and why I enjoyed the film? Ooooh ok, here are a list of films that I was reminded of as I watched:
Big Trouble in Little China, Satan’s Little Helper, Spaceballs, Explorers, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (even down to the leather jacket and witty banter between Desmond and Allison, and yes….I’m going to say it. I even caught notes of Shaun of the Dead in there. Yep….i went there.
Bottom line, this is a movie you need to see. It’s fun, light-hearted, and masterfully done for the genre and budget. Oh and did I mention you can play Invasion of the Undead THE VIDEO GAME?!?!?! Click here to play now!!
My notes to myself the other day said “If ending doesn’t suck, it’s an 8…maybe 7.5…” Well, it’s an 8. It was EASILY one of my favorite movies to watch and review this year…by a mile.
Click here for the imdb film details, but more importantly, click here to rent or buy the film for as little as $2.99. Seriously, if you Redbox’d it, you’d just forget it in your trunk for a week anyway. This is too easy and cheap to not check out now!