Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Friday, August 21, 2015

Film Review: ZOMBEAVERS (2014)

It’s not safe in the water and it’s not safe on land in the zombie-beaver horror film Zombeavers (2014).  When a canister of deadly chemicals falls from a truck and lands in a pond with a large beaver population strange things start to happen as the beavers exhibit behavior attributed to being dead. 

Three girlfriends decide to make it a weekend trip to the family cabin when one of them has problems with her boyfriend.  The trip is meant to be a weekend for the women but it’s not long before their men make an unexpected appearance.  All six try to make the best of it until they are suddenly attacked by what appears to be a rabid beaver.  It’s not long before they realize that it’s not just one beaver that’s infected but the entire lake’s population and they are out for human blood.  Now these friends and everyone else that lives around the lake must find a way to survive as the undead beavers kill everything in their path.

Directed by Jordan Rubin and written by Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan and Rubin this is a comedy horror that’s very aware of the absurdity of the premise of zombie-beavers.  These aren’t just your ordinary zombeavers either.  They are smart and cunning and if you get infected by them you not only become one of the undead but you also become part beaver as well (it has to be seen to be believed).  For fans of The Evil Dead II (1987) and Mulberry St. (2006) and more recently Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010) this film is right up your alley as it successfully melds the horror-gore-comedy and has some nudity as well.

This is a fun and entertaining film from beginning to end with a cast that is equally as aware of the film that they are in.  The film also succeeds in being surprising and never boring because everyone is fair game in this film that bucks Hollywood trends and expectations.  This is not a film for everyone (especially those that can’t immediately buy into a world where there are zombie beavers) but for those willing to go for the ride it’s a wild and entertaining one well worth your time.

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