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Vampires vs. Zombies (2004)

Cast: Maritama Carlson, Peter Ruginis, Bonny Giroux, more...
Director: Vince D'Amato, Vince D'Amato
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Rating:
Studio: Brain Damage
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Zombies
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
A plague is sweeping the land, and the only hope for an infected girl with nothing to lose is to join forces with her father and destroy the source of the mysterious disease as filmmaker Vince D'Amato turns genre conventions on their head in this startling and original horror entry. Jenna's quest won't be an easy one, and deception lies around every corner as her and her father agree to provide safe passage for a mysterious woman who is actually Carmilla, the legendary blood-drenched baroness, and the very source of the plague. As Jenna, her father, and Carmilla make their way through a world ravaged by flesh-eating zombies, they soon join forces with a powerful warrior known as The General. A man with both a longtime grudge against Carmilla and the weaponry to ensure that she pays for her crimes against the human race, The General may just be the key to salvation for not only Jenna and her father, but all of humanity as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Short Film "Heads Are Gonna Roll"
  • Trailers

GreenCine Member Reviews

Definitely NOT about Vampires vs Zombies! by NFlames November 19, 2004 - 10:24 AM PST
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6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
A report on the radio states that there is a mysterious infection going around. The symptoms begin as flu-like but then turn to cannibalism and murder. No mention is ever made of vampires or vampirism; the bloodsuckers just seem to show up.

Jenna and her father Travis are trying to get away from the scourge of infection and they run into (almost literally) a woman (Brinke Stevens) and her supposed two daughters on the road. This is the first of the tricks that the writers try to spring on you, and this movie is predicated on attempts at misdirection. However the writing is so poor that the tricks and misdirection are about as hard to miss as a turd in a punchbowl. The biggest trick however, is on the viewer by convincing us at the video store that this is a movie about vampires fighting zombies.

VvsZ tries to get by on no plot, little to no gore effects, and poorly written dialog. The acting was fair and I must say that pretty much everybody's acting was better than veteran scream queen Brinke Stevens'. Honestly, is there really any mystery as to why Ms. Stevens gets hired for these movies? 1. Either she strips down (not in this one) 2. So they can put her name all over the box for advertising when she's barely in the movie at all.

Another problem I had was the Superman/Clark Kent syndrome, take one person, put some different clothes on them and some sunglasses and suddenly they become unrecognizable. This kind of stuff drives me crazy.

Another major annoyance was that one of the cameras used needed a good cleaning. In the takes where that particular camera were used, there were errant hairs, or threads or lint, all over the edges of the screen, it got to be quite annoying, I know this is low budget horror, but it doesn't cost anything to clean a lens.

The zombies really looked lame, throw yourself in a mud puddle and look in the mirror, and you'll have an idea. The vampires were really nothing more than you and I with some fangs.

This is another one of those totally insulting indie horror films. It really has nothing to do with Vampires vs. Zombies. It's more like vampires and zombies after humans somewhat. Much more emphasis on the vampire angle. It's the lazy formula of no plot, very little gore, a bit of nudity and lesbians to try and cover up the fact that there is no story. A very poor attempt at horror. Hey Vince D'Amato and Sheridan Le Fanu, next time why don't you just come to my house and kick me in the nuts!? It would be less painful and a bit more amusing than watching mis-labeled shit like this.

0 out of 5 incorrectly named horror movies

Another shot-on-video misfortune by spegg July 4, 2004 - 11:13 AM PDT
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
There are certain hallmarks of movies such as this one:

* Nearly every shot is too close (likely done to avoid showing that there's virtually no set due to budget constraints).

* Nearly every shot is done with a hand-held camera, so there's a lot of unneeded shaking of the frame.

* The cameras have a huge depth of field, so that almost everything in a shot is in focus. This leads to a really "flat" feel to the picture.

* The colors are extremely washed out and the sharpness is usually poor.

* The resolution is often lower than with film, which looks pretty crappy when projected.

While there are high-end video cameras that can help with these issues, this (and many other movies on DVD now) is so low-budget that they clearly couldn't afford to use anything but cheap off-the-shelf home video cameras.

Never mind that the acting is horrible (so is the writing), and that the makeup and effects lack enough budget to look anything but pathetic. Greencine would do a service to its patrons by putting a "shot on video" warning in the description of these films.






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