Evilution & Dead Season

Posted: 10/27/2012 in Movies
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October always means extra zombie movies, so my brother and I snuck in another evening slate of movies. It’s always nice when ZMN exceeds expectations and tonight it did. Not because the movies were great, simply because they weren’t as terrible as they might have been. First up was…

Evilution

Ok, first things first here. That might be one of the most misleading posters in the history of ZMN. Explosions. Bullets. Fighter Jets. A Terminator-looking Skull. And a screaming soldier boy brandishing a syringe and a machine gun. This looks like some kind of crazy military action movie, huh? Well, no, not at all really. I don’t know who that guy on the poster is, but he’s definitely not the sheepish, glasses-wearing main character in Evilution.

Which, actually turns out to be just fine, because Evilution is a quality movie in its own right. Our main character is a fellow returning (escaping) from the Middle East where he was a part of some military experiment with an alien virus that could reanimate the dead. Surprisingly, things go wrong and our boy gets out of dodge right before the area is wiped off the face of the Earth and covered up with a story of a terrorist attack. Fast forward to soldier boy moving into the worst apartment of all time. His room is in a dusty old basement full of crap and his first night in he is awoken by the sounds of a gang member and a pair of prostitutes outside of his door. The apartment building itself is full of bizarre folks such as said gang member and his bumbling buddies, a creepy effeminate apartment manager, a stereotypical junkie, and a woman who is way too attractive to be found in such a shit hole. As it turns out, the main character still has a sample of the alien virus and he attempts to continue the good work of fucking around with something capable of destroying all of humankind. Good thinking, jackass. Of course, the virus gets loose and soon zombies have infested the wacky apartment building.

THE GOOD: Evilution actually has a coherent plot, some decent acting, passable dialogue, an adequate romance subplot, and some comic relief characters who are actually funny. When you’re watching zombie movies that last sentence is actually high praise.

THE BAD: The female lead has a pretty nice rack, but never shows the goods. There’s even a sex scene with no nudity! Boo!

THE ZOMBIES: I don’t think you could call the main character of this story a hero, and here’s why: He causes the outbreak of an apocalyptic, alien, zombie virus not once, but twice! He simultaneously has the virus stolen by a whacked out junkie and purposefully injects a friend to try to save him from death. Geez guy, why not just introduce it into the water supply and call it a day…oh wait, he does that, too! He plays as sympathetic, but my God, what an ass!

So anyway, the zombies in Evilution should be intimidating. They move fast, almost on Devil’s Playground, parkour levels and it’s intimated that they might have a hive-mind, since the virus is alien in nature. In reality, though they’re kind of inept. They take down a few suckers, but the uninfected run through big crowds in cramped hallways and frequently come through unscathed. Their weakness to ammonia is pretty embarrassing too, as in one scene, two dudes run through them spraying them with shaken bottles like they had just won the pennant while the zombies cower in fear. Kind of hard to get a read on these guys, but I’ll give them a Threat Level: 5.

VERDICT: Some of the quirks in this movie make it more endearing and the end result is pretty enjoyable. It ended up being much better than I anticipated. I’ll give it a B and recommend it for zombie fans.

Current ZMN Rank: #27 out of 91

Golden Zombey Watch: Possible nods for Best Actor as well as Supporting Actor and Actress. There was an impressive Old Lady Zombie, though I don’t know if she was strong or memorable enough depending on how strong Outstanding Zombie is this year. Possible nods also for Zombie Fighting Duo for the comic relief gangsters. It did have some unnecessary Nudity, a clear Zombie Origin, and some original Music, so it might pop up in those categories as well.

Dead Season

Next on the docket was Dead Season. I kind of accidentally got this one from Netflix after mistakenly placing it at the top of my queue, so again, expectations were not incredibly high.

Dead Season opens up post-apocalypse as a guy who calls himself Elvis struggles to survive with an untrusting female companion, who calls herself Tweeter. After fighting to live on the mainland, they decide to roll the dice and hop on a boat to a supposed island paradise. They find the island to be tightly run by a militaristic leader, and of course it’s not the perfect, zombie-free paradise it was advertised to be.

THE GOOD: Another zombie movie with decent acting, the gods must be good. It was also nice to see how the filmmakers attempted to give all their characters some depth. It would have been easy to paint all of them with a broad brush of good or evil. So often the leader with military training is a straight-up douche, and I was glad that Dead Season didn’t take that easy way out. There are also some good moments that play on the common zombie themes: what would you be willing to do to survive? at what point does survival trump morality?… yadda yadda yadda.

THE BAD: Goddamned zombies popping out of nowhere! When they’re on-screen, they’re loud, clumsy and easy to point out. But goddamn if our heroes don’t constantly find themselves suddenly surrounded. Did the zombies look at each other, give the universal “shush” motion, and start tiptoeing towards the survivors? I hate that shit. I wag my finger at you, Adam Deyoe (he’s the director).

THE ZOMBIES: Bites will kill you and bring you back. Zombies here are slow for the most part (though they can sneak up on ya…ugh). They do a fair amount of damage in the movie though they do have some scenes that demonstrate a serious lack of effort. Right in the beginning, our heroes sprint through a big crowd pretty easily. Threat Level: 5.

VERDICT: Despite some flaws and cliches, Dead Season is pretty well done and worth your time. It’s not ground-breaking, but it’s well above terrible. It’s a solid B.

Current ZMN Rank: #41 out of 91

Golden Zombey Watch: I could see nods for Best Actor and Actress for the main characters. Maybe a Supporting Actor nominee in James C. Burns, the military leader. Elvis and Tweeter may also show up for Zombie Fighting Duo. Tweeter shows her boobs, which may be enough for Best Nudity.

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Comments
  1. Zombob says:

    Good reviews! I liked ‘Evilution’ too! I was kind of surprised as well! I have ‘Dead Season’ but haven’t watched it yet.

  2. Elvis says:

    nice review…I am Elvis! are there seriously zombie awards…kickass brother!

  3. You’re Scott Peat? Awesome! Nice work. Hope to see you in other zombie movies. The Golden Zombeys are just awards that my brother and I name every September after watching a year’s worth of zombie movies. Here are last year’s winners:
    https://askmeaboutzombies.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/1112-zombeys-pdf.pdf

    Of course, if you were to win, I’d gladly send you a crappy, homemade statuette if you agreed to take a picture with it.

    • Scott says:

      Haha…I would gladly display it! But yes, cool review…one of the more pleasant and polite ones. Some people are killing us, but to be expected I guess, we just had fun shooting it and moved fast…two takes were about our average. Anyway dude, thanks. My email is deadseason@live.com. I don’t check it much though.

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