#31in31 2016: Re-Kill

re-kill-poster“Re-Kill ’em all!”

Story: 5 years after a zombie outbreak that decimated the world was finally under control. Watching armed forces – Re-Kill division – protect, serve, and blow away zombies is now reality TV for the safely fenced in masses. A group of “R Division” soldiers get trapped when a routine mission becomes a flood of Re-Ans. But viewers are told it’s “an isolated incident”…

Scares: Not many. Think videogame storyline rather than spookfest.

Splat factor: See above.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Supposedly.  But it’s just meh.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original.

Trick or Treat?: There’s lots of mythology to like here: ads for The Coalition to Re-populate America (“Get Busy For America!”), Vivodine – medication stopping the virus, The Outbreak Channel for reality junkies, and the idea of walling off “problem areas”, and then forgetting about them until it’s way too late. In particular, “The Zone” – most of Manhattan island, which was sealed off at the start of the outbreak.

Re-Ans are pretty cool; fast zombies, think zombies that look like Romero, act like WWZ. But we don’t get much face time with them until the climax, and that’s a shame. Still, I did enjoy the hell out of the concept – watching the events unfold through a series of “live TV”, real-time storytelling, and exposition via post-Re-An lifestyle commercials.

Problem? The pace is incredibly choppy. This film doesn’t know if it should be a horror film with a message, or one that’s just action action action. So it fails at both. Once they get into The Zone, it’s basically watching a videogame. It’s just day for night blue filter, and action that happens so fast (and is edited so poorly) that it’s a drag to watch.

Tack this film to the end of a zombie marathon, when want your friends to leave. Trust me, nobody will be too scared to go. In fact, they’ll probably run home to watch a real zombie movie.

Scorewpid-pumpkin9.jpgwpid-pumpkin9.jpgpumpkin_half out of 5 pumpkins. Bumped up a half pumpkin for those hilarious but effective in-film commercials.

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