What is it with UK distributors and zombie movie titles? OK, we're all getting a little weary of the seemingly endless parade of similarly plotted entries into this particular subgenre, but just about every time a filmmaker comes up with an original title, it gets rebadged for its UK release with a new variation of "[something] of the dead." The latest is Eaters, reputed to to be one of the better of the recent crop, which arrives in the UK as Eaters: Rise of the Dead. The dead rise in this one, you see. Just like they do in every zombie movie...
The world has been devastated by what has come to be known as the Great Epidemic, the result of a deadly global virus deliberately spread by an anonymous psychotic terrorist called the Plague Spreader. Essentially turning its victims into the living dead, the epidemic has produced a Hell on Earth in which even the Pope has committed suicide in order to escape the unfathomable horror.
Still surviving the madness going on around them is a small group comprising two zombie hunters, Igor (Alex Lucchesi) and Alen (Guglielmo Favilla), a scientist named Gyno (Claudio Marmugi), and Alexis (Rosella Elmi), a former colleague of Gyno's and girlfriend of Alen, who is somehow still alive despite being infected by the virus. Gyno believes that Alexis could be the key to finding a cure that could save the human race but for his research he desperately needs "guinea pigs", undead test subjects that Igor and Alen are more than happy to provide in exchange for food, beer and board at Gyno's lab.
Searching the local countryside for suitable zombie candidates, the two fearless zombie hunters cross paths with an insane artist, a group of neo-Nazis led by a midget Fuhrer, and a mysterious teenage girl who they believe may be the daughter of the Plague Spreader himself. As Igor and Alen routinely risk their lives fighting and trying to capture the undead, unknown to them, Gyno is secretly working to a completely different agenda – one that could have even more terrifying consequences than the problems created by the Plague Spreader.
Fine gore effects, stylish cinematography and a fitting music score (by Justin Bennett of Skinny Puppy and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult fame and Stefano Rossello of Italian experimental industrial band Bahntier) combined with the script's very dark vein of black humour apparently make Eaters: Rise Of The Dead a chilling but entertaining ride through a near-future world overrun by zombie flesh-eaters. Read what you like into the fact that the film is presented by the notorious Uwe Boll, whom the PR people amusingly describe as a "cult writer-director-producer." Cult, huh? Not quite.
Eaters: Rise Of The Dead will be released on DVD by Chelsea Films on 13th June 2011 at the RRP of £12.99.
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