There is absolutely nothing original with director Glenn Ciano’s zombie film Infected (2013). Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasing harder to come up with new ways to tell this old story and Ciano doesn’t try. Instead, he does the next best thing which is putting together character actors Michael Madsen and William Forsythe and letting them have fun during a zombie outbreak.
Louis and Dennehey (Madsen and Forsythe, respectfully) have decided to take their families on a little get together in the woods to their cabin in order to come closer since they’ve not seen each other in a very long time. Unfortunately, a deadly and highly contagious disease is spreading like wild fire and Louis and Dennehey must protect their family from the horde of undead at their doorsteps. The film eventually goes all Night of the Living Dead as everyone finds themselves trapped in the house with the undead trying to get in. This could easily be a throwaway film except that Ciano let’s Madsen and Forsythe chew the scenery and have fun so whenever they’re on screen it’s like magic whether they’re together or with other characters.
Anyone looking for something different and new in a zombie film is not going to find it here. Ciano knows this and plays on the fact that he has two accomplished actors in his film. The entertainment and fun in this film is on his stars’ shoulders but the film also plays up the sex and gore so audiences just looking for an entertaining and good time won’t be so disappointed. Infected is a highly forgettable film but if you enjoy Madsen and Forsythe and throw in some zombies then you’re good.