Movie Review: Cannibal Corpse Killers (2018)

August 10, 2020

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?

Ol’ Pike (Dennis Haggard) and his fellow survivors of the apocalypse traipse across the damnable desert on their way to the epicenter of said apocalypse; Jawbone. Seems hot n’ dusty, but it’ll be a dull journey no doubt; I mean a tumbleweed here, some sand n’ scorching sun there…. maybe a cannibalistic demon-oid freak or two…

Yeah, we are in for a joltin’ journey indeed cats n’ creeps, as along with the oppressive conditions of that sandy death-trap, and those goddamned monsters mentioned up yonder, Pike n’ pals must deal with a wacko known as  The Magistrate (Ron Jason) who is fixin’ to raise an army of cannibal creatures of his own!

Coming from director Joaquin Montalvan (who co-wrote the flick along with Eunice Font, and S.E. Feinberg), Cannibal Corpse Killers delivers a solid punch of low budget thrills n’ chills, and offers us a look into a world that comes off as a cross between Lamberto Bava’s Demons and The Road Warrior; and that’a a glorious bit of world building indeed!

Speaking of that narrative, we also get a great sense of who are players are as we are shown how each individuals life has been poked in the arse by tragedy resulting in the monster-causin’ cataclysm. And those monsters are realized through some fantastic practical make-up effects, and given the unique trait of having their souls freed from their beastly bodies when dispatched (realized through some impressive drone photography).

And while we are on the subject of photography, this film presents some impressive vistas and barren landscapes, so if ya dig on that you’ll get some eyeball jollies out of this ‘un!

On the downside, at an hour and forty minutes, this baby drags here and there, and if shortened by a solid ten minutes would fly by like a demon train straight from hell… but alas, it’s not to be, so expect a lull or two in the pace of this one boils n’ ghouls.

Even with those slow parts present, Cannibal Corpse Killers is one hell of a dive into the zombie infested (or zombie-like creature) End Times sub-genre, and shouldn’t be missed by those with their putrid peepers peeled for a unique take on the arcane apocalypse!

 

 

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