Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) (Blu-ray Review)

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) (Blu-ray Review)

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) (Blu-ray Review)

📅02 February 2015, 05:09

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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Harrison Smith
Starring: Mischa Barton, Billy Zane, Dee Wallace
Rated: UR/Region A/3:38/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Anchor Bay (DVD only, Blu-ray is a Best Buy Exclusive Until May 4th)

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The rural town of Elwood is a “bubble” against the backdrop of a suspected global infection that appears connected to natural gas fracking. A small band of young adults under the training of ex-military soldier Seiler (Billy Zane)keeps the town safe while patrolling the fence line that locks the residents inside. There is something wrong with the town, with more dread and fear penned up inside than what awaits on the frontier. Young Ian Sommers realizes he needs to get free, no matter what lies beyond Elwood’s fence and tries to convince others to do the same.

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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (Why the Elephant’s Graveyard part?) is about like walking into an old bar in your hometown. You’ll see familiar faces, like in the film we see Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, and Felissa Rose. There are pretty girls, like in the film we have Gabrielle Stone, Ashley Sumner, and more. But most of all it feels pretty comfortable and entertaining, even if at the end of the day it isn’t really anything special. There are zombies here, but what doesn’t seem to have zombies these days? There are enough GCI moments to briefly make you think you’ve mistakenly tossed the latest SyFy film into your player. Shoot, if I’m to be brutally honest here, you don’t really see that much by way of the plot to make you feel like you are seeing anything really new being brough to the sub-genre at all. Still, somehow and some way, this movie manages to keep you watching and makes you even half-way enjoy it. Like most zombie movies you will find on the market, there is more internal conflict with the people who are banded together than conflict with the zombies. This one felt like it had some Day of the Dead sprinkled on top for good measure, but you can see shades of other things as well if you look deep enough. If nothing else, I’d say the script has some clear moments of cleverness within it and that seems to be the glue that holds things together as the movie rolls along, even if at times it seems to roll along a little slow. There are at least the pretty ladies and the well-known actors to keep us somewhat entertained in between the lags.

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Of course all things lead to a big battle at the end of the thing. Then other things start to come together and I’m not sure we ever really get the payoff we hope, but what we get is fine for what it is, regardless of the hoards of what I’d bet the farm on was CGI zombies, our core in this thing is our small “Zombie Killers” group, and they are fine and I wish we saw even more of them. I’d probably have been happy with just a movie of these guys out and about battling zombies. I also want to name drop Billy Zane, who gives perhaps the best performance I’ve seen out of him in forever. I know he’s done a lot since Titanic and he’s been a lot of characters, but this has been really the first one that has really reeked of awesomeness and I wish we had gotten even more Billy Zane in this darn thing. The little things overall is what brings this one ever so slightly above the layer of average. I could have done with a little more in some spots and a little less in others. The finale feels a little rushed, which is odd since the movie took its time with things of less importance. All in all it is a watchable film regardless. Heck, you might even go as far as to call it fun overall. I don’t know if we have anymore Zombie Killers movies in our future, but I wouldn’t be against the idea of it. I’d probably go as far as to say that despite this not being perfect, I’d welcome it.

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Extras

– Bloodbath and Beyond Feature
– The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard
– Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard: Behind the Scenes

Quality of the Transfer: 98%

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*Screenshots Taken from Blu-ray.com Review*

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