There’s chaos and anger in Greece as the country teeters on the brink of collapse, awaiting help from others that may just see it being destroyed even further. But don’t get to thinking that this movie, from director Yorgos Noussias, is a serious look at the economic situation of Greece. Oh no, it’s a mad and manic zombie comedy that just happens to have some parallels to the situation over there at this moment in time.
Focusing on a group of survivors in the midst of a zombie outbreak, the movie jumps back and forth in time to show what happened in ancient times when the evil force was first decimating the population. Things continue this way, with characters that may raise a laugh or two but that don’t actually gain your sympathies, until Billy Zane appears, cloaked in mystery (and . . . . . . a hooded cloak), and gets one of the group to remember the potential power he carries inside himself.
There is certainly plenty to enjoy here for fans of “splatter comedy” and the movie often reminds you of the likes of Braindead and Undead during it’s more blood-drenched scenes. Having one character who can die then reappear as if nothing has happened is quite an amusing gimmick whereas the violence-loving Vakirtzis (played by Andreas Kontopoulos) provides some laughs simply by going completely berserk when it’s called for and not stopping until the walls are running with blood.
It’s just a shame that the movie never really brings more to the audience than it’s random selection of inventive bloodletting moments. There’s no character development here, no decent surprises from the plot and no sense of intelligence under the pile of viscera and gags. Which all means that this is simply yet another in a long line of recent zombie comedies diluting the selection of fine examples we already have. It does enough to please me on occasion but I am always easily pleased by a zombie movie (considering that it’s my favourite subgenre). Others probably shouldn’t bother with it.
DIRECTOR: YORGOS NOUSSIAS
STARS: ARGIRIS THANASOULAS, ANDREAS KONTOPOULOS, BILLY ZANE
RUNTIME: APPROX 85 MINS