Movie Review: The Zombie Army (1991)

September 2, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

The Zombie Army begins the only way it could; with a maniac undergoing a radical classroom-based therapy sesh before being chucked back into the loony bin… which is immediately shut down by the government.

While most of the patients and staff are moved to a new facility, the soldiers occupying the facility soon discover (thanks to some weed smokin’ grunts opening a top security room) that the most dangerous inmates now roam the halls and begin their mad murder spree… while also creating an army of zombies. Based on a true story…

The Zombie Army is a prime slice of S.O.V. (shot on video for you novices out there) ghoulish goodness that truly displays a sense of “let’s put on a show no matter our skill level” aesthetic that is impossible to resist. This is the horror biz created by those that love it best; those that become so inspired by fright flicks that they simply pick up the family camcorder and make their own film… and that film is impressive as fuck for what the filmmakers, namely director Betty Stapleford and screenwriter Roger Scearce, had to work with!

To wit: The Zombie Army features some killer practical effects work including zombie prosthetic make-ups that call to mind not only the work of F/X maestro  Tom Savini’s work on Romero’s  Dawn of the Dead but the diabolical demon’s of Raimi’s Evil Dead II… as well as all the gory goods a horror hound would expect from a gut-muncher such as this.

Add to this some well done sequences of action violence, solid costuming, and a fun score… this is literally everything I adore about the S.O.V. horror genre… a fun flick that manages to tell a story loaded with everything you cats n’ creeps dig the most; bloodshed, monsters, rock n’ roll, and horror comic book aesthetics… all presented well and truly from the heart; a D.I.Y. affair that becomes the punk rock of the spookshow set.

The Zombie Army is available for digital purchase and rental on Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, and Vimeo, as well as on limited edition VHS from PhantomPainFilms.com. Trust me zombie zealots and hardcore horror freaks, you need to lay your eerie eyeballs on this one post-haste!

 

 

 

 

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