It takes the end of the world to meet some nice people!
Year Released : 2014
Everytime I write one of these intros I try and make it relevant to the review, whilst also trying to give my thoughts on the genre or similar type films, but in this case I can’t really do this as whilst it’s a film from a tired and often worn out genre, it’s arguably one of the more unique films that I have seen due to it’s rather unusual, almost lazy method of making a film.
There are some movies where you just know from the off that they’re going to be bad and that was the case with this one as the poor quality came through within seconds of the trailer. However, there are different levels of bad, there are those that are just outright bad, those that are bad because of a lack of one simple thing, or in this case, films that are laughably bad.
Previously I had reviewed several very bad zombie films, such as Zombeavers and Zombie Apocalypse and they were generally terrible, and whilst I would also put Let There Be Zombies into the same sort of category, at least it was still entertaining. That’s not to say that LTBZ is a good thing, it’s not even close to becoming a good film, but it is entertaining, even if I very much doubt that it was suppose to be entertaining as it all comes from having an exceptionally poor script, even worst acting and a less than convincing plot.
Drew (Daly) is a teacher that has a less than convincing level of authority over her class. Whilst getting a dressing down from her principle, she learns that there is a zombie outbreak and she heads out into the country to try and survive. She quickly runs into the overweight Jeff (Lowe) and Jose (Arrellano), but despite the best efforts the group can’t find safety.
Eventually they find an RV but are tricked into giving the owner fuel and he abandons Drew and Jeff to an approaching crowd of zombies, whilst also kidnapping Jose. Drew and Jeff survive before eventually making their way to a farm and they encounter Red (Monsante).
After settling in, the group soon starts to realise that despite the isolated location, they won’t remain free from zombies forever, so they start fortifying the surrounding areas, but the horde of zombie proves to be far, far bigger than they were expecting and they struggle to hold them at bay, especially when reinforcements in the form of passers by are quickly taken out.
Zombie films are always going to be hit and miss, more than often the latter. There are many reasons for this but the main one is that it needs to be scary, or at least somewhat threatening. In any horror film, the first thing you need to have is a threat, but the zombies in this just aren’t really that threatening, and I found myself laughing more than being scared. Infact, I was even remotely scared once. Having said that, I’m not convinced with the way that this was made that it was meant to be a horror.
The delivery of the lines is just exceptionally bad. I could give you all sorts of examples of a poor delivery but the film is just one bad delivery of a line after another. Low budget films are infamous for bad acting and/or bad delivery of lines, but more often than not it’s restricted to only a small section of the cast, not the entire cast. Not a single cast member comes off well in this film,and even though the script is awful, the cast make seemingly no effort into giving a believable delivery of the lines.
I could use many examples of this, I really could, but I would more than likely only end up writing the entire script, but the one I’m going to use is from when Jeff and Drew first meet and they are sat at the open back door of a people carrier. Jeff starts pondering and looks around before the following conversation takes place…..
Jeff : “I think there were more people in this van!”
Drew : “What? Where are they?”
Jeff : “I don’t know! *sees them approaching from about 20 metres away* “Oh, there they are!”
Doug Lowe’s delivery of the last line in particular highlights one of the main issues with the script. The characters, although saying that they are worried, never actually genuinely appear worried about the situation that they find themselves in. The “oh, there they are” line and the lack of urgency with it’s delivery is so casual and uncaring that they are in danger, and throughout the lack of urgency is unreal. In one scene there is a horde of zombies approaching Jeff and his glasses come off, but rather than simply grabbing them and walking away, he carefully starts cleaning them.
Infact, I absolutely hate the character of Jeff because he is just a dickhead, all he does throughout is come up with racist, homophobic, sexist or any other bigoted comments, and although he rarely contributes at all to the battles against the undead, he keeps calling others on their lack of contribution. Every conversation he becomes involved in turns into something irrelevant and he actually adds nothing to the movie. Granted, the poor acting of Lowe doesn’t aid in making him a likeable character, but even then, there’s only so much an actor can do a terrible script.
It’s not just the acting that is terrible and seemingly uncaring about the situation, but the soundtrack is lackadaisical. It’s 90 minutes worth of stock music rather than music created for the film. The film-makers try to add tension with the stock music but they use it inappropriately. For example, there is a scene early on where Drew finds an abandoned camp site and the music, along with the camera, makes it seem like she is being watched, but she isn’t. It feels almost pointless and takes away a lot of the tension for not only that scene, but the rest of the film.
When the films living characters finally have a lot of the undead coming towards them at the end, the background music wouldn’t sound out of place in a Mortal Kombat style film, but instead it is used when Drew is simply seen trying to poke a zombie with a rake, and not even the sharp, pointy bits. There’s no real action taking place and yet the music would suggest that there is.
As bad as the main four characters are, the supporting cast are even worse as they’re all on scene for a few minutes before being killed off, and in the majority of cases you don’t learn anything about them. Two teenage girls join the fight right at the end, both are killed within the subsequent two minutes and the only thing we learn about either is that it’s one of their birthdays. Am I supposed to care about a character that is on screen for such a short amount of time and has no traits other than that they cry a lot?
This film is just laughably bad, but it makes it sort of enjoyable. Just when you think you’ve seen all the bad acting and scripting that they could possibly throw at you, you keep getting more and more.
If I did scores, I would actually be tempted to give this a good score because it is memorable and as I say, it kept me glued to the screen, which is what a movie is supposed to do, but on the other hand I would be tempted to call it for what it is and that is a terribly made movie. I like that they have tried to do something different and with a half decent cast that were actually capable of acting, they might have had some luck, but unfortunately the cast that they did have had no abilities whatsoever.
Give it a try but do not expect a good film.