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Mad Max meets Night of the Living Dead in this soon to be cult classic!
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Since the movie's plot has already been covered I'll skip straight to the extra's. For a relatively unknown movie I was surprised how packed the disc was, featuring commentary, a making of, deleted scenes and a short " Monster. "
The making-of proved to be my favorite part of the disc, as it shows just how creative you can get with such a small budget. All the actors playing multiple parts took me off guard ( I didn't even realize it until the movie was over ) and the cast and crew seemed like they were having a good time throughout, burning plastic faces, flipping cars and shooting " rocket launchers. "
The short " Monster " is much the same as the movie, a fast(er) paced horror movie that is ( sort of ) based on Frankenstein and has Duke White playing not two but three(!!) of the main parts.
All in all I found the extras ( and the movie - overthetop acting aside ) to be great for all us wannabe filmmakers out there wanting to see how a lowbudget movie is made, it's a definate recommendation if you'd like to see what its like to make a movie in under 10k.
What follows is a chronicle of Bob's effort to defeat the evil plans of Nefarious Thorne and his undead zombies. Thorne, the leader of a company called Neo-Genentrix, has chosen Skyhook for his evil experiment and only Bob and his nephew can stop them. The two remaining Assassins, after executing their traitorous partner, are hot on his trail.
Part of the delight of watching this flick had to do with knowing it was mader for under $7,500, but beyond that, I was surprised at just how good Necropolis Awakened was.
Sure, the plot if pretty standard zombie-flick fare, but what impressed me was the ambitious effort at details. A couple of action sequences are impressively staged and shot, particularly a rollicking free for all on an old Ford Pinto. Nefarious Thorne is truly creepy, as is the scene featuring the zombiefication of the traitor Assassin. I also loved how the filmmakers managed to use a lot of the cattle range equipment at their disposal ( squeeze chutes, hay barns and so forth. ) to create atmosphere.
The result is a pretty heroic effort. Necropolis Awakened packs a lot of jury-rigged ingenuity and ambition, as well as the odd rocket launcher, into it's 93 minutes.
`Necropolis Awakened' is a $10,000 uber-feature shot on DV and spawned from the wilds of Oregon, produced by a trio of brothers. The script and high-octane direction are courtesy of Garrett White, with all other duties relegated to Brandon and (yes, I'm serious) Duke. These three guys pretty much encompass the entire movie, with the latter Whites each tackling a pair of roles and doing the quadruple production duty at the same time.
Since this is a low-budget horror movie, it of course involves zombies. Virtually all debut feature horror films are zombie movies, and that's one of the reasons America is so great. Everyone with a camcorder can go out and make a reasonably watchable zombie movie, and there are numerous ways to play with the 'zombies-take-over' scenario. And the Whites certainly have come up with a story that is both unique and cliché at the same time. I say 'cliché', but not in a bad way - you're still dealing with flesh-eating zombies, after-all, and you're pretty limited by the monsters' very natures. At least zombies come with their own shorthand for the audience, so there isn't too much to understand about how they work.Read more ›
Bob the Alcoholic, a character molded in the vain of Ash from ARMY OF DARKNESS, has been holed up in a cave for weeks. His peaceful desert hometown has been taken over by a corporation of undead zombies, called Neo-Genentrix, who use the locals as cattle. Hermit-like to begin with, it isn't until members of his own estranged family are put in jeopardy that Bob takes matters into his own hands. Be it blasting lead or bare-knucked brawling, Bob's going to make sure that undead heads are gonna role...or go "splat."
The idea of an Undead Corporation takes George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD view of consumerism a step farther. Rather than reflecting the cattle-like nature of blind consumerism, the White's capture the soulless nature of corporate greed and the capitalistic desire to infest every home with one's wears. The ultimate goal of head zombie, Nefarious Thorne, a Bill Gates by way of Beelzebub figure, is to eventually monopolize the undead market and create a zombie dictatorship modeled after Hitler's regime. The guy even has his own swastika-like Neo-Genentrix logo emblazoned on every piece of company-owned merchandise from cars and trucks down to the gestapo-like getups worn by his gang of zombie stormtroopers.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The premise and some of the special effects were good, but the acting was awful! I cant' believe so many people loved this movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Flo Bird
...I couldn't watch any more of this ridiculous shlocker after the first ten minutes. The acting goes beyond awful.....so if it's good, I'll never know!!!Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Michael Butts
It's amazing how many different kind of nobudget direct-to-video movies there are. Most share two common traits, theyre made for next to nothin' and they're crap. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Jerome
If one of your hobbies is to watch movies, take it from me that one will make you change it. The worst movie I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003
Five stars what do you guys have points on this movie. Easily some of the worst acting and cheesiest special effects I've ever seen in a zombie movie. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by john
I thought the action scenes were great, and the zombie attack scenes were also scary and gory, but I did not really dig it for the most part. I'll give it another watch though. Read morePublished on June 12 2003
This is a zombie movie...but I'll be damned if it's a zombie movie like you've seen before.
Very original, very fun. Read more