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Necropolis Awakened back to product details

Too talkie, but some nice ideas
written by sethbecky August 16, 2004 - 2:34 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I really, really wanted to like this one: a low bugdet zombie actioner made for the pure love of filmmaking and the horror genre. Unfortunately, it's almost unwatchable.

First, some good points. We have a basic zombie plotline with the "smart zombies" variant. The zombies are led by a group of parasol-carrying madmen who have made themselves into zombies without sacrificing any intelligence and they have turned the town into midnless zombie slaves. Our hero, Bob, wants to get away or destroy them. The characters are wonderfully one-dimensional.

The main action is not between the hero(es) and the zombies, but between the hero(es) and a group of killers the zombies have hired to protect them. This provides a nice change of pace and lets us see into the zombie society. The killers are a mixed bunch who aren't always sure they want to work for undead monsters, but they're determined to do their job.

The zombie makeup is fun and the action scenes are entertaining. I should have loved this.

Unfortunately, it's about 45 minutes too long. A lot of slow, "talky" scenes with little happening and no character development drag the movie down. It feels like mediocre improv. The scenes aren't bad ideas, but too many minutes of the actors trying to figure out what to say--or just filling time by repeating what they've already said--loses the action mood, kills the horror mood, and breaks any intentional or unintentional comedy. If it doesn't move the story along, and it doesn't add atmosphere, kill it. Trimming inside these scenes would have made the movie watchable.

Also, the sound engineering on the movie is atrocious and headache-inducing. The speech is muddy and below the background sounds, intersperced with incoherent, fuzzy screams that blow out the cheap mics. This really detracts from the watchability.

All the actors are fun (and appropriately unprofessional). The story is fine. The effects are fun. I look forward to more movies buy the Whites, now that they have their first feature out of the way.


(Average 3.38)
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