03 March 2015

THE BURNING DEAD

THE BURNING DEAD

Working Title:
Volcano Zombies

USA, 2015
Director: Rene Perez

2,5/10








So, there's an age-old volcano near Donner Pass which becomes active again and soon starts to erupt. For whatever reason, there are also evil spirits inside the volcano who possess the power to reanimate dead people - and since there seem to be countless people buried everywhere around the volcano, the whole area becomes overrun with... um, lava-filled(!) zombies. Fuck physics. Fuck logic.


Even though indie filmmaker Rene Perez' 9th feature is an obviously tongue-in-cheek throw-your-brains-out low-budget blend of disaster movies like "Volcano" or "2012" and zombie trash à la "Zombie Apocalypse" or "Rise of the Zombies", it's still an immensely terrible film that totally doesn't know how to properly deal with its utterly ludicrous concept. Instead of making an entertaining silly-but-fun trashfest, Perez created yet just another laughable and forgettable cookie-cutter piece of SyFy-like CGI nonsense *yawn*

It's poorly written and directed, horribly paced, tedious and annoying. The cliché-ridden storyline is so incredibly predictable, it hurts (burns?); camera work and editing are amateurish as hell, and the CGI... ugh! The lava looks like an oversized melting Pizza, and the volcano eruptions look like the absolute worst kind of Naïve art (I hate Naïve art). Don't get me started on the... um, the zombies' glowing Lava-eyes...


The cast is pretty much the only decent thing about it. Solid acting by veteran Robert F. Lyons ("Murphy's Law"), Moniqua Plante ("Nashville") or Thomas Downey ("Dracula's Curse"), though none of them is as great as Danny Trejo. Like in most of 'his' movies these days, he's only in for a couple of scenes - but in these few scenes, he's just fun, delivering a hammy but sweet performance as story-telling Cherokee. Oh, there's also some neat nudity and some good gore, but nothing we haven't seen before.

Only recommended to hardcore Trejo fans. Everyone else: stay far, far away
from this blazing turd.

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Thanks to October Coast PR for the screener!

10 comments:

  1. I was wanting this to be good, but somehow I doubt it will be

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    1. The basic idea is fun - the movie is not.

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  2. What's Naive Art, and why do you hate it?

    Neat review!

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  3. "an oversize melting pizza" - you're so funny! Yeah, Sy-Fy-like CGI does sound awful, but I can't stop watching those terrible Sy-Fy movies either. I'm a glutton for punishment! lol

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    1. I know that you're pretty addicted to this rubbish. Thank goodness, I'm not and I hope I'll never be ;)))

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