Zombeavers is oozing with delicious gooey cheesy goodness.
Given the state of zombiemania in television and film it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of injecting mother nature with an undead virus. This isn’t an especially new concept to be sure, numerous movies have spoofed the undead horror trope time and again using everything from humans, to livestock, to hamburger patties.
This begs the question – Why watch Zombeavers?
I’ll be honest, I got out voted. My wife and parents decided on the movie while I was busy taking care of the kids. Pfft. Not that I was entirely opposed to seeing the movie, it looked silly and stupid, but also like a movie you needed to be in the right mood to see. Turns out Zombeavers is a helluva lot of fun. (Writer/Director) know exactly what type of movie they are making, embrace the silliness and go out of their way to siphon every single laugh possible out of every single scene.
The premise is simple enough. Barrel falls off a truck. Barrel rolls into pond. Toxic something or other leaks out onto beaver dam. Horny college kids go to cabin that’s right next to pond. Queue shenanigans. The movie is campy as hell. All the creature effects are done using puppets, remote control mock-ups and latex. They are done well and it’s clear the production team had a lot of fun making the movie.
The acting is pretty decent all around. Several hollywood staples appear in the movie, including: Rex Lin, Brent Briscoe, and Robert Shafer. The college kids do a terrific job as well. Cortney Palm, who previously showed up in a small but solid role in Sushi Girl, plays Zoe, the caustic bad girl who is constantly talking shit and stirring up trouble. Along with Hutch Dano the two carry the film through a series of comedic homages and horror references.
The screenplay is fairly simple in structure (given that it’s emulating standard zombie tropes) but well written. The dialogue is snappy and quick, timing the comedy well from beginning to end. The movie is ripe for endless beaver jokes and the filmmakers don’t miss the opportunities.
Zombeavers is a hoot for the casual horror fans and a riot if you enjoy zom-coms. It’s not going to win any awards, but you’ll probably not be sorry you spent 70 minutes checking it out.