President ‘s Day, Hails to Nostalgic Horror Chiefs
President ‘s Day: Film Details
Director: David Zuckerman
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, History, Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
The zombified leaders of the free world rise from the dead to hunt down a group of ill-fated teens and give them a lethal lesson in American history. Their only hope for survival is to summon the demonic spirit of John Wilkes Booth.
Presidents Day centers on a group of young adults who travel to an isolated cabin in the woods. The group ignores warnings from a local that the woods are dangerous and has evil presences The night of partying awaken the former Presidents of the United States of America. They rise from their graves as zombies and torment the friends. To survive the night, the friends must band together to fight the horde of undead Presidents.
President’s Day holds amazing cinematography. The cinematographer James Martinez, along with Visual Effects (Anthony James, Nolan Moon, David Zuckerman) do a magnificent job. The plot is decent and has potential with the action sequences. President’s Day doesn’t go stale for too long, which is commendable. There are horrible puns throughout the film. These lines are so cheesy they’re humorous.
While the movie steers away from zombies, this is a unique territory. For one, the undead administrators don’t act as how zombies act in other films. There are no brains getting eaten, etc.. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just not common. In this new era of Horror cinema, almost nothing is standard anymore. This too gives Zuckerman’s film leverage, as it’s always good to offer something refreshing.
The practical effects suit worthiness. Costume Designer Chelsea Taylor-Leech, and the Makeup department (Cassidy Crawford, Tara Edwards, Crystal Gomez, Jillian Lueras) does magnificent work on the dead Commanders-In-Chief.
The composition has an upbeat and fun quality. An array of instrumental techno and electronic tones keeps an energetic pace. There are some dark, campy notes to heighten the mysteriousness of some scenes. Michael Tobin composed the music, he is notable for Resurgence and Sam Who.
President’s Day is an enjoyable cinematic experience. I would call it an ode to the teen screams of the 80s and 90s. What awards it the advantage is the constant evolution and the hilarious cheesy jokes.
The performances offered were poor in quality. I’ve seen better practices in science fiction B-movies. The scare factor becomes drowned out by the cast’s mediocre productions. The lines seemed forced, so this may be the whole point. On the same token, President’s Day also has good laughs.The outrageous comedic tone makes Zuckerman’s film one of few zombie movies that made me laugh. Reactions were shrieks or widened eyes from shock.
Both creativity and innovation fall flat in execution. To my perception, President’s Day is a spoof. The Evil Dead approaches to mind here. There are references to other Horror movies throughout Zuckerman’s film. One immediate film that appears is The Shinning. There are other mentions, although viewers wouldn’t have any trouble finding these references.
The special effects remind me of those exploitation sleaze fests. The violence and kill scenes are shocking but the effects don’t impress. For a zombie film, this is not a good thing. President’s Day has a tendency to be more on the gory side. That’s what makes them so great.
President’s Day is a fun, cheesy teen scream flick, filled with nonstop action. The intentional mediocrity of the acting and the special effects are enough to make the viewer laugh.
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