The Worst: Zombie Night

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 12 - 2009

zombienightThe worst zombie movie I’ve ever seen has got to be Zombie Night, and that’s really saying something. I mean, I have a totally different set of standards as to what is acceptable when it comes to zombie movies versus “regular” movies. It never even came close to watchable and the 93 minute run time was easily the longest hour and a half of my life. Seriously, I have had dental surgery that was more fun.

This is a movie that epitomizes fail in every possible way. The acting would make a bad high-school play look fucking awesome. The effects and makeup were just terrible. Stunt work? When a zombie “attacked” it basically touched its victim who then immediately fell down. Even the sound design was laughable — for the wet chewing/smacking noises of a zombie feast, they appear to have recorded something splashing around in a tub, for example.  As far as I could tell, there was no script whatsoever and the direction matched the level of the writing (i.e. it was nonexistent). Production values? None — it appears to have been shot on location in a semi-abandoned office park and there is clearly visible traffic in the background of one scene, despite the supposed apocalypse. Plot? I guess there was one — something about World War III, and chemical weapons as a causative agent for zombies. There are some people and they find some other people and then there’s the bad guy that keeps screwing everything up and then rejoining the group…

It was just a big, hot mess that made no sense at all. Shoddily imagined, horribly executed and all-around painful to experience.  Do not misunderstand — this is not a so-bad-it’s-good type movie. This genuinely stunk, bad. I had to go all MST3k on it to make it to the end. That was kind of fun, admittedly, but there are better movies even for that purpose.

The best part is there are not one, but two sequels to this. The mind boggles.

7 Responses to “The Worst: Zombie Night

  1. biddie says:

    I have never heard of this movie, never mind two sequels…
    I am going to really listen to you this time..Too often before I have gone out and bought the movie that you had reviewed 9not favourably) and thought that I would judge for myself. Seems that you are dead on almost always :)

  2. Cory Casciato says:

    Avoid at all costs! And you are right, I am always dead on.

  3. […] have plenty of nudity, which honestly is one of the few things saving this from being the single worst zombie movie I’ve ever seen. Let’s face it, some attractive naked women help break up the monotony. There are two full […]

  4. Sid Pink says:

    So… you weren’t crazy about it, but worth a viewing, then?
    Copy that.
    I’ve ordered all three from Netflix!

  5. […] it still feels slow. It’s not the worst zombie movie ever made (I still give that nod to Zombie Night) but it’s also pretty much without merit as entertainment, much less […]

  6. cortney says:

    are you kidding? i LOVE zombie night. its blatant B-filmness is amazing. just like zombie holocaust. you just need an appreciation for the B-film. btw im on my way to rent the sequels, hell yeah!

  7. Checklo says:

    ya know… i saw this movie with my friends and we laughed our asses off the whole time. The erant and elusive Derik was only half as laughably anoying than the groups inability to deal with him. The Boiiiinng-BOOOOOOiiiing sound that was issued everytime a new scene started is now a corner stone of our jokes. The most helarious moment is when Darik beans a zombie’s leg off with a muffled blast from his shot gun (wich was there for that scene only) when he had a perfect chance to shoot it in the head and then the zombie (whose leg healed into a suspicious nub) begins to eat his own dismembered leg. But all the laughing stopped when at the end of the credits (btw, “Man Peeing on Wall”was pretty close to the tope for some reason) a litle picture of a woman comes with the whole IN MEMORY OF… which royally pissed us off that a horrible zombie film was dedicated to the memory of a dead person, thus plunging their soul to the darkest, hottest, and most dismal hole in hell. This movie was a great if you can stand bad acting, camerawork, sound editing, lighting, directing, set design,makup design, and clothing design, in the sense that it was like whatching an MST3K movie without the commentary.

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