Thursday, May 13, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: Attack of the Vegan Zombies

If a zombie had the choice between a human's delicious flesh or a glass of wine, you would think that it would choose the former. Not the zombies in the hilarious indie horror flick, Attack of the Vegan Zombies, who only have a thirst for wine. But when they run out of wine and you've been drinking - watch out!

Dionne and Joe, a couple who own a vineyard, have a dismal year for their grape crop, so Dionne enlists the help of her mother, who is a witch. Together they perform a ritual to ensure better crops next year, taking some of Joe's blood for the potion while he's asleep. But Joe's blood has wine in it and makes the plants hostile (i.e. drinking people's blood and turning them into zombies). These zombies aren't your average zombies, instead of having a hankering for brains, they crave wine. And when all the wine is gone, they're so desperate that they resort to drinking human blood, which has alcohol in it.

The concept of "vegan" zombies turned the usual zombie film into a unique experience. The killer grape plants being the reason for people becoming zombies was refreshing compared to the standard infectious disease.

The pace is a little slow, taking time to establish the characters, which I didn't mind because I was entertained by the funny characters. And even though the zombies don't make an appearance until near the end of the film, I was too interested in the killer plants to care. When the zombies popped up it was just a bonus.

The characters are the best part of the film. While Dionne, her mother and Joe are normal, the people they hired to pick grapes (two nerds and two cheerleaders) are hysterical caricatures. Especially the nerds who are even nerdier than the gang on The Big Bang Theory.

Attack of the Vegan Zombies is the perfect film for a horror fan looking for a zombie movie with lots of laughs.

Rating: 4/5


Andrew said...

Now THIS is a movie I gotta see!

Melissa Helwig said...

Yeah, it's really funny, you should check it out.

Jinx said...

I keep hearing about this and meaning to see it and then not getting round to it. Thanks for reminding me. I will see it this time.