Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies Infects With Entertaining Comedy, Horror
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies Film Details
Original Title: Kudzu Zombies
Director: Mark Newton
March 13th, 2018 // March 23rd, 2018
Release Format: VOD // Cinemas
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: Not Stated
Lonnie, a crop duster pilot, must lead a mismatched group of survivors to escape the deadly zombie horde after an experimental chemical, intended to control the invasive kudzu vine, transforms the citizens of Charleston, MS into zombies.
Kudzu Zombies was the original title of this film and this made sense after viewing the film. Branding this production with a generic Attack of the insert gimmick here Zombies title does more harm than good. There are ten films that include the above-said title and there are two hundred productions beginning with the Attack of the… moniker.
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies blends Action and Horror but the main ingredient in this goulash is the comedy element. Regardless of the creative direction, there are certain features to emphasize. Practical Effects should be the star of the show. Audiences want to see the carnivorous undead in its many monstrous forms. Whimsical is more than welcome in this foundation. Humor should not be an excuse to be lenient in this category. Many Zombie parodies found success bringing gore and laughs on the same plate.
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Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies adopts a standard template with its narrative. The adversaries are the product of a chemical experiment gone awry. In the story, an experiment with pesticides contributes to a dangerous viral epidemic. We can see a similar course of events in a film we reviewed back in December 2016. I would have favored a unique plot framework, creativity in the cause of the pandemonium. There is nothing seen in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies audiences haven’t experienced before. In relation, the film does little to reformulate the zombie and or comedy, horror genres.
Jonathan Hammond secured impressive cinematography work. In addition, Mark Newton provided inventive camera work as the director. The well-established scenes flowed in one seamless, entertaining production. With the latter its Jeremy Lerman‘s contribution as the film editor that pulls all the scenes into a cohesive visual narrative. All the departments specified here worked together well in elevating the production value.
With the performances, there were hints of B-Movie style acting. Audiences will also receive solid character portrayals. In particular, Miles Doleac delivers a gleam of comedy with his Swedish accent or was that German. As for the rag-tag group of survivors, a special blend of chemistry makes their presentation interesting. I praise the diversification in the cast. Featuring African Americans as part of the lead roles also deserves recognition.
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The practical effects had a marginal quality. There were memorable moments that presented great gore factor. Yet, there were downfalls with a notorious example being the swamp zombie. This character looked terrible for many erroneous reasons. The prosthetic appeared as a cheap Halloween mask than imitating a roaming undead. The actor’s mouth movement appears limited and obscuring facial contours further depressed the value to this make-up design. More or less other makeup effects emphasized in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies shared the similar craft. It seems campiness was the creative direction used for creating the undead. This shouldn’t be the direction to choose for comedy’s sake. Nevertheless, the moments the practical effects shine it shines well.
A feature I found troubling was the CGI effects. The computer-generated graphics were amateurish and at times replaced practical effects. Digital blood-splatter substituted explosive packets of red corn syrup. A machete-wielding woman splitting a zombie in two was also a product of digital enhancements. Using CGI in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies gives the film a notorious prosaic Syfy film-like character.
With the comedic element at the forefront, the scare factor is reserved to a minimum. Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is an entertaining film and a welcome addition to the zombie genre. Don’t expect any grandeur in terms of plot and character development. These factors are items commonly found in zombie parodies.