DVD REVIEW: Zombie Hunter

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Mad Max meets Zombies meets Vampires… Shock, Horror! Danny Trejo kills, blows stuff up & doesn’t smile once!

Set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug “Natas”. We follow one man who runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption, while also running from his past. After crashing into a small group of survivors, who are running low on resources, he decides to lend a hand. But a surprise attack by the Flesh Eaters forces them on the run and puts the Hunter’s skills to the test.

An interesting take on the zombie tale: this time it’s a brand new designer street drug that takes civilisation and turns it on its head. Fast forward a few years and we find the world is a zombie inhabited wasteland; we meet Hunter, our burnt-out anti-hero, a leather-clad, mono-syllabic, military-trained road-warrior in a black car, who barely surviving a near-fatal car accident, is rescued and taken to the camp of the last remaining humans.

Actually, they really are the last remnants of humanity, led by an axe-wielding priest named Jesús (Danny Trejo), Hunter is coerced into escorting this eclectic group (strippers, rednecks, and an innocent beauty) to a supposed sanctuary, a mythical place of refuge. To get there though, they have to battle constant assaults from zombies, a chain-saw wielding psychotic clown (cause we saw that one coming), and a surprise attack by a new breed of giant CGI mutant flesh eater.

Look, I like Danny Trejo as much as the next person – he’s as hard as nails (a prison reformed boxer in real-life), but never afraid to parody himself either (see Harold & Kumar…) But I’m not sure he knew why he was here – he looked genuinely confused a lot of the time, like he had just read the script and thought “What!?”

And apart from the group playing almost caricatures of their personas – a stripper who couldn’t be any more self-loathing, an innocent girl who couldn’t be any more virginal, a bully who couldn’t be any more repulsive visually, a witless lad who couldn’t be any more naive, what really drove me to distraction was the God-awful voice-over from our alleged hero, who really couldn’t try to look more like Gibson’s Max if he tried.

This is not a good zombie film, which is a shame, as at the beginning they had a chance to do something different, but they blew by the end of the prologue.

Rating: 2/5
Reporter: SilverFox

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