The zombie anthology movie is here and director Jesse Baget undertakes quite a task in delivering ten very diverse and interesting zombie tales set amidst the zombie apocalypse. It’s “V/H/S/” meets “The Zombie Survival Guide” with a dash of “Zombieland” as director Baget doesn’t collect a series of shorts from very talented directors. Instead his anthology is a raucous celebration of all things zombie for horror fans in the mood of an all out orgy of torn limbs, guts, and the undead. “Zombieworld” is set with a darkly comical framework where star Bill Oberst Jr. gives a great performance as the boisterous news reporter Marvin Gloatt. While the world is under siege, Marvin decides to gives audiences a play by play of the end of the world, despite being bitten on the neck by one of the walking dead.
“Zombieworld” varies from dark comedy to stern horror, which gives the film a variety and great avoidance from monotony, even with the shorts on display being a veritable mixed bag. There are ten short segments here revolving around the zombie apocalypse in some form, with the good thankfully outweighing the terrible. Among some of the best there’s the film opener “Dark Times,” a short I reviewed a few years ago. Written and directed by Peter Horn and Jared Marshall, this short is set during Christmas, where a party is interrupted by a power plant explosion that unleashes hordes of flesh eating zombies. With a first person perspective, and a great final scene, this is the perfect introduction to the film’s intended mood and spirit. “Fist of Jesus” is a hilarious follow up by David Munoz and Adrian Cardona.
Marc Velasco plays Jesus Christ, who decides to resurrect Lazarus from the dead at the behest of local villagers. Suffice it to say, Jesus’ powers of resurrection work too well, and now he and his loyal friend Judas must battle hordes of flesh eating zombies. Despite an overlong ending, it’s a clever tongue in cheek slapstick take on the powers of Christ. “Dead Stop” is a creepy found footage short about a cop attempting to help a woman whose husband was attacked. When he rises and attacks her, the cop finds himself cornered by the walking dead roadside. “Home” is a bleak and sad tale of a young woman, as played by Jamie McDowell who spends her days fighting off the dead and hunting for food. When the food source runs dry, she decides to give herself a dignified death in the arms of a familiar face. “Dead Rush” runs the risk of repeating “Dark Times” but works well as a zombie survival tale with a first person perspective.
Though slim on story, I enjoyed the vicious gore and slick plot twist, including the ironic finale. “Certified” is a great adaptation of the classic short story about a mail man with a wild imagination who stops at a house for a delivery. When a kind young girl invites him inside for a drink, she sets down four bottles of soda and begins telling him the tale of her mother who anxiously awaits the arrival of her family from the dead. It’s another funny, and very memorable short. “Zombieworld” garners some interesting segues, providing tips for surviving the apocalypse, and a three part segment about a small band of survivors that attempt to thrive in the world of the dead. Though there are the occasional pitfalls like the shorts “Teleportal” and “Brutal Relax,” director Baget’s anthology is a memorable and exciting collection of zombie tales that will satisfy any hardcore zombie buff.